How to Crochet an Easy Kitchen Fruit Hammock

Storage is essential in my house and I hate clutter on my counters! I decided I would create a better way to store my fruits and loaves of bread and came up with this easy hammock pattern!

There are so many ways to use these! Tester Margie Leverette used hers for her K-Cups as seen in the photo above! She also sells these so if you need a few already made go ahead and visit her on Facebook to place an order!


I have so many ideas for these around my house lol! I hope my husband doesn't mind these in every room of my house because I have visions of these in a lot of different places around my house ha ha!


I can see them in my coat closets holding gloves and hats and then I can see them in my garage holding my kid's wrist guards and knee pads that they use for rollerblading. They would be great in my bathrooms holding loose items as well! I also can see them under my kitchen sink holding sponges... OMG someone stop me lol!


Wait, wait, wait, I just had one more great idea! I could totally use these to make a "snack hammock" for my kids! This way they can easily grab-and-go from a stock of "pre-approved snacks" and not dig through all my cabinets and make a mess ha ha!


There are just so many ways these can be used! How will you use yours?

Well, I will not keep you waiting any longer! Here are the instructions for how to make these super easy, super handy hammocks!


“Fruit Hammock”

Crochet Pattern

Materials:

  • Yarn

  1. Cotton - Worsted #4 - 140 yds / 2.8 oz

  2. I used white “Premier Home” brand from Michaels

  • Hook - G 4mm

  • Needle

  • Scissors

  • 2 Wooden dowels - 3/16” in *optional

  1. I used “Go Create” Brand from Walmart - pack of 8count for $1.27 *see alternatives at end of pattern


  • 4 Cup Hooks - 7/8in -

  1. I used “Hillman” brand, antique brass from Walmart - pack of 8 count for $1.36 *see alternatives at end of pattern

Stitches:

  • Ch(s) - chain(s)

  • Sl st - slip stitch

  • Sp(s) - space(s)

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • Dc - double crochet

  • Tr - triple crochet

  • * * - repeat *to*

  • #st - complete # of sts in same space

  • St # - complete stitch in next number of spaces

Skill Level / Language - Beginner/Intermediate. If you are unsure of any stitches Youtube is a great resource! American Standard Terms are used in this pattern.

Gauge:

  1. Not critical as you will be able to “scrunch” the ends of the hammock onto the dowel rod like a curtain and you can stop on any of the middle rows (8 - 19) to make it shorter or add rows after row 18 to make it longer. If you really want it to be as close as possible, see next item

  2. 4hdc = approx. 1 inch / 3 rows = approx. 1 inch - Swatch = approx 4 x 4:

  • Begin: Ch 17

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc next 15, ch 1. (16st)

  • Row 2 - 12: Turn, 16 hdc, ch 1. (16st)

Sizing:

  1. Hammock is approximately 12 inches (wide / depth of cabinet) x 18 inches long

  2. To make the hammock longer you will add additional rows after row 18

  3. Hammock is designed for standard 12 inch deep upper cabinets

  4. To make wider - beginning ch is multiples of 6 + 1

  5. If making wider you will need to adjust the length of the dowel used

Pattern Instructions

*beginning chains do not count as st unless otherwise stated


Fruit Basket:

  • Begin: Leave a 16 inch tail to make a pocket at the end if you are using dowels, ch 49

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 47, ch 1. (48st)

  • Row 2 - 7: Turn, hdc 48, ch 1. (48st)

Note: Turning ch counts as a stitch for rows 8 - 19

Note: Four of the ch 9 at the end of row 8 and proceeding rows counts as a TR, the remaining 5 creates the open spaces of the hammock

  • Row 8: Turn, hdc 48, ch 9. (48st)

Note: If you want the openings of your hammock to be smaller you can do a dc or hdc stitch in place of the tr stitch in rows 9 - 19 and add or subtract rows as desired to reach the length of your choice

Note: If you switch the tr stitch for a smaller stitch you will need to alter your turning chain to ch 8 for dc or ch 6 or 7 for a hdc stitch

  • Row 9 - 18: Turn, sk 5, tr, *ch 5, sk 5, tr*, repeat *to* 6 more times, ch 9. (8 open spaces)

Note: If you want your hammock to be longer you will need to add as many rows as desired now before proceeding

  • Row 19: Turn, sk 5, tr, *ch 5, sk 5, tr*, repeat *to* 6 more times, ch 1. (8 open spaces)

  • Row 20: Turn, hdc 48, recommendation is to hdc 5 in the open spaces and 1 hdc in the tops of the tr to space them out evenly, ch 1. (48st)

  • Row 21 - 27: Turn, hdc 48, ch 1. (48st) leave a 16 inch tail after the last stitch of row 27

Finish:

  1. Fold Row 27 over to row 24 and with a needle use the tail to sew the end of row 27 to the top of row 24. This will create a pocket opening to slide the dowel into like a “curtain.” Slide dowel into the opening. Repeat this on the opposite end of the hammock with rows 1 and 4. Weave in ends.

  2. Screw your cup hooks into the bottom of your kitchen cabinets at your desired width and set the ends of your dowels into the hooks.

Tip: if you can either set the ends of dowels in the hooks directly or slip the hook through a couple of the stitches and under the dowel to help keep it from slipping off


Alternatives:

  1. If you do not want to use dowels you can skip the finish section where you make pockets for the dowels and use thumbtacks in the four corners of your hammock.

  2. You could also use command hooks to hold your hammock if you do not want to use a dowel.

  3. This hammock is also great for holding bread, chips, hand towels, napkins and more! You can also use this hammock in bathrooms, closets, laundry rooms, garages and other spaces both indoors and outdoors! ! Have fun!

Congrats! You have just completed your hammock! I hope you will share photos with us in the VIP Group on Facebook where we do games, prizes, and giveaways!


Speaking of games and prizes, there will be a St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt on the 17th in the VIP Group if you would like to join us! I will also make a post in the blog with details as well so keep an eye out for it!


If you would like an ad-free copy of this pattern you can find a printable version in the Orchid and Bee's Etsy and Ravelry Shop!


That is all that I have for you today! Thanks for stopping by and trying another Orchid and Bee's Pattern! I am grateful for each of you! Have a wonderful day!


Karen E.

Orchid and Bee's


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