The Sonora Air Plant Cozy is a delightful way to pot your air plants. It features the Crossed Double Crochet to give it texture, and a bit of boho style. Find the free crochet pattern below.

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Air plants are a wonderful way to add a bit of green to your living spaces. They are easy to care for, and come in various shapes and styles. However, how do you “pot” these uniquely shaped plants? Browsing Amazon gives you a zillion different options – all beautiful and boho. But let’s use your craft – crochet – to create a new home for those spikey air plants.

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Inspiration + Design

This crochet pattern is inspired by terracotta pots, and macrame hanging planters. Terracotta, as a color, instantly warms up a space and balances with the green colors found in a plant. Also, the macrame hanging planter uses texture to add depth of decor to any living space. This fluid balance between color, plant, and texture inspired the Sonora Air Plant Cozy.

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Featured Stitches

What gives the Sonora Air Plant Cozy macrame vibes? The Crossed Double Crochet Stitch! What you will love about the Crossed Double Crochet is that it’s easier than it looks, and creates a simple texture. So, if you know how to Double Crochet, you can CROSS Double Crochet!

Since this is an advanced beginner pattern, I recommend having an understanding of the Single Crochet, Double Crochet, and crocheting in the round before starting it. However, if you need any help while crocheting the Sonora Air Plant Cozy, please email Joanna at

sonora air plant cozy free crochet pattern high desert yarn

Full written instructions are included with this free crochet pattern.

If you would like a photo tutorial for the Crossed Double Crochet, an ad-free PDF is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and Ravelry Store.

Yarn + Substitutes

The best part about this pattern is that it uses about 10yds of yarn… and that’s being a bit generous! Although it is designed with a 100% cotton yarn, my pattern testers tried it in acrylic, too. Turns out the acrylic works great, and makes for a puffed up version of the Sonora Air Plant Cozy.

This pattern is worked up in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran – my GO TO cotton yarn! This yarn balances softness with sturdiness, and comes in a fantastic color range! Pick your favorite color here.

HDY Crochet Patterns that use Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran

Pattern Instructions

  • Purchase an ad-free, PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop here
  • Add this pattern to your projects on Ravelry here
  • Save this pattern for later on Pinterest here


  • Yarn
    • Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran, worsted/category 4 (93yds/50g), 100% Cotton
      • You will need 10 yds
      • Substitutes : Any other worsted/category 4 yarn will work, preferably cotton
  • Crochet Hook – G/6 (4.25mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Tape Measure
  • Rice/dried beans (optional)


Experience Level = Advanced Beginner. You will need to have an understanding of the Single Crochet, Double Crochet, and crocheting in the round before beginning this pattern.

Check your gauge! This is important if you want your air plant cozy to be the same size as the pattern.

CH 1 and CH 2 at the beginning of a round DOES NOT count as a stitch. Since these CHs do not count as stitches, the 1st ST of each round is placed in the same ST as the SL ST to join each RND. Do not skip the 1st ST of a round.

Do not turn the rounds. This air plant cozy is crocheted in the round with a CH 1 or CH 2 at the beginning of a round to keep the rounds stacked neatly.

Gauge + Finished Size

3 RNDS = 1.5″ circle (diameter)

  • Create gauge using the Single Crochet Stitch
  • Gauge is measured BEFORE blocking

Finished Size

  • Width – 1.5″ (3.8cm)
    • Measure across the diameter of the base. (RNDS 1-3)
  • Height – 1″ (2.5cm)
    • Measure from the SC BLO round (RND 4).
  • Adjust the width of this pattern by adding one more increasing round to the base.
    • Detailed instructions in the Pattern Instructions

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

MR – magic ring
CH(S) – chain(s)
SC – single crochet
SC BLO – single crochet back loop only
DC – double crochet
XDC – crossed double crochet
SC 2tog – single crochet two stitches together
ST(S) – stitch(es)
SL ST – slip stitch
RND(S) – round(s)
REP – repeat

Special Stitches

Crossed Double Crochet (XDC)

The Crossed Double Crochet is an advanced beginner stitch. If you know how to Double Crochet, you’ll be able to CROSS Double Crochet! My biggest tip — pay attention to the placement of the stitches. In this pattern, the Double Crochets will be placed in under the top two loops of a stitch.

How to work the Crossed Double Crochet

Skip 1 ST, and place a DC in the next ST. Find the skipped ST. Place a DC in this skipped ST. The XDC is complete.

Pattern Instructions

If you haven’t read through the Notes Section, please do so before starting this pattern!

Create a MR
Magic Ring Alternative – CH 3, and join to 1st CH with SL ST. Work RND 1 into the center of the joined chain.

Round 1 : CH 1. 6 SC into the MR. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (6 STS)

Round 2 : CH 1. 2 SC in each ST around. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (12 STS)

Round 3 : CH 1. [2 SC in the next ST. SC.] Rep […] until end of RND. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (18 STS)

  • Check your gauge after RND 3. The diameter of your circle should measure 1.5″ (3.5cm) If you need to add another round, follow the pattern below.
    • CH 1. [2 SC in the next ST. SC in the next 2 STS.] Rep […] until end of RND. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (24 STS)
    • You will finish the pattern with 8 RNDS total, and each RND (before decreases) will have 24 STS.

Round 4 : CH 1. SC BLO in each ST around. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (18 STS)

Round 5 : CH 2. DC in 1st ST. XDC* (skip 1 ST, DC in next ST, DC in the skipped ST) 8 times. DC in the last ST. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (18 STS) *There is a photo tutorial on Pg. 3

Round 6 : CH 1. SC in each ST of the round. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (18 STS)

Round 7 : CH 1. [SC 2tog. SC in next 2 STS.] Rep […] until 2 STS remain. SC 2tog in the last 2 STS. Join to 1st ST with a SL ST. (13 STS)

Fasten off, and weave in all ends.

Insert an air plant, and place is desired location.

Optional – add a small amount of dried rice or beans to give it extra stability to the air plant cozy.

Air Plant Care Instructions

New to air plants? Here are my best tips on how to care for them.

  • Watering – soak them in a bowl of cool water for 20 minutes. Let them air dry completely before returning them to their holder.
    • Dry them upside down so water doesn’t sit in the bottom of the plant, and rot it.
    • Adding dried rice to the bottom of this cozy absorbs extra moisture, but doesn’t dry out the plant.
  • Start by watering every 7 days, but if the tips of your air plant start to turn brown/yellow then you may need to water more often.
  • Place your air plants in a bright, sunny spot in the house.

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Sonora Air Plant Cozy Pattern – Free on June 7, 2022

On June 7, 2022, you can download your free PDF copy of the Sonora Air Plant Cozy. Get the coupon code from the Plants with Yarn Blog Hop page here. Then, come back here to click the button below to download the pattern on Ravelry. Coupon code is valid from 8am EST (New York Time) for 24 hours only.

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