Have you been looking for a super chic way to store your fresh fruit? I have good news for you, friend! Enter the NEW and IMPROVED Fruit Hammock crochet pattern for all your fruit hanging needs. So stylish and chic – and easy to crochet, too!
Free Fruit Hammock Crochet Pattern
This is the eighth installment of the 2021 Household Crochet series. Each month we make something fun, small, and, most importantly – useful for the home. This pattern certainly fits the bill! Stylish? Check! Quick to crochet? Check! A fun crochet stitch? Triple check!
See the first seven free patterns in this series here. (Click the photo to get the pattern)
This month we’ll make a fruit hammock and give a lonely little banana a place to relax without getting bruised. Or for your apples to lounge around in all day. Yep, I’m totally jealous. Ha!
For this pattern we are basically crocheting a net rectangle, then crocheting around a dowel rod on both ends. Then we’ll add loops to each side so that it can hang under your cabinet using Command hooks. Brilliant!
This crocheted fruit hammock is so chic I want one for myself! You think we could get away with a rope and a huge hook? I’m half tempted to try it! 😉
I love the macramé look of this fruit hammock. We are using the Solomon’s Knot crochet stitch which is a fun, airy, mesh-like stitch that works up quickly and has such a gorgeous appearance.
When your hammock is full of fruit and weighed down, the stitches will open up and you’ll really be able to see the lovely stitching. All of your guests will be eyeing your fruit basket and wanting one too!
Dishie cotton (approx. 70 yards)
*any 100% cotton would suffice if you’re stash busting
Crochet hook in size G/4mm
(2) 12″ long, 1/4″ dowel rods (like these)
*you could also use 8″ or 10″ rods
Pattern written in US terms.
Tr = Treble Crochet (tutorial here)
Fsc = Foundation Single Crochet (tutorial here)
For this pattern we are using the Solomon’s Knot stitch – also known as the Lover’s Knot stitch. Abbreviated as “Lk” (Lover’s Knot) instead of “Sk” because the Sk looks too similar to “skip” in crochet terms.
Find a tutorial for the Solomon’s knot here. In fact, if you just follow along with the video changing only the number of stitches in the initial single crochet row, that’s basically a video tutorial for this pattern.
Leaving a 5-yard tail… (approx. 180”)
Row 1: Fsc-33 (or ch-34, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end.) (33)
Row 2: Ch-1, turn, sc in first stitch, * Lk two times, sk-3 sts, sc in next * repeat between * * to end. (8 Lk sets)
Row 3: Ch-4, Lk one time, turn. Sc in the center sc of first Lk pair. * Lk two times, sc in center sc of next Lk pair * repeat between * * to end. Lk one time, Tr in last st. (7 full Lk sets & 2 half sets)
Row 4: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * Lk two times, sc in center sc of next Lk set * repeat between * * to end, sc in top of ch-4. (8 Lk sets)
Rows 5 – 20: alternate rows 3 & 4
Row 21: repeat row 3 (7 full Lk sets & 2 half sets)
You’ll notice that the hammock looks more like a triangle than a rectangle at this point, but when we add row 22 that pulls it back in and helps create the sagging hammock effect that will keep the fruit nice and cradled.
Row 22: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st, * ch-3, sc in center sc of next Lk set * repeat between * * 6 more times. Ch-3, sc in 4th ch from turning chain of previous row. (33)
Row 23: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st/ch to end. (33)
Row 24: Ch-1, turn, crocheting around the dowel rod, sc in each st to end.
Ch-60, (or about 13”). Fasten off and attach to beg of row 24 (for hanger).
On other side using beginning yarn tail and crocheting around the second dowel rod, sc in each st to end. Ch-60 and attach to opposite side. Go around the actual dowel rod a few times to further secure. Weave in all ends.
Use Command Hooks to hang your fruit hammock. I used 4 total, two on each side and braced fairly far apart. I hope you make one, and that you love it!
Now that you have a fruit hammock, your bananas won’t get lonely or bruised! I hope you love yours, and don’t forget to add this to your Ravelry!