Crochet baskets

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Last week I was mostly crocheting baskets, and a very nice pastime that was.

I found some ‘fabric yarn’ in tiger a couple of weeks back, and bought a ball on impulse, not really knowing what to do with it. I tried knitting it but it was a bit chunky for that, so decided to try a rag rug type technique and crochet around it, rather than with it.

I found lots of good pictures to inspire me, but couldn’t really find out how to do it myself, so am putting lots of pictures here in case you find yourself in that position. It was actually really easy once I got started!

So here is how to crochet a basket for you:

You will need a ball of fabric yarn (or you could perhaps use a really chunky wool to crochet around) and some normal yarn – I used some DK but 4 ply might be good to try too.

To begin with you need to forget your fabric yarn, and make a foundation ring using your DK/4ply. Put 6 single crochet stitches (american terminology, double crochet in English terminology) into the magic ring so that you have something that looks like this:

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The next step is to introduce your fabric yarn. Here are some pictures to help me explain (sorry, yes, I’m left handed! And sorry about my finger blister – a pancake making mishap)

To crochet around your yarn you want to put your hook through the first stitch in your previous round, yarn over and pull through and at this point lay your fabric yarn between the loop on your hook and your yarn (picture 1) then when you yarn over to finish your stitch (picture 2 ) you will encompass the fabric yarn (picture 3)

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For your next stitch, insert your hook into the next stitch and when you yarn over, your yarn will also come over your fabric yarn and encompass it. Continue crocheting around the fabric yarn as per pattern:

little crochet basket S m a l l  b a s k e t

round 1:  Make 2 SCs into every stitch

round 2: *make 1 SC into next stitch, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 3:  *make 1 SC into the next 2 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 4: *make 1 SC into the next 3 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 5: *make 1 SC into the next 4 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 6: *make 1 SC into the next 5 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

rounds 7 – 14 : continue without any further increasing but making 1 SC into every stitch. You can make your basket shallower or deeper this way. Finish off by breaking yarn and pulling through, then weaving in your loose ends (I used my crochet hook for this)

medium crochet basket

M e d i u m  b a s k e t : 

Follow pattern for small basket until you have completed round 6.

round 7: *make 1 SC into the next 6 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 8: *make 1 SC into the next 7 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

rounds 9-19: continue without any further increasing but making 1 SC into every stitch. You can make your basket shallower or deeper this way. Finish off by breaking yarn and pulling through, then weaving in your loose ends (I used my crochet hook for this)

large crochet basket L a r g e  b a s k e t : 

Follow pattern for medium basket until you have completed round 8.

round 9: *make 1 SC into the next 8 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 10: *make 1 SC into the next 9 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 11: *make 1 SC into the next 10 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

round 12: *make 1 SC into the next 11 stitches, make 2 SCs into next stitch, repeat from * to the end of the round.

rounds 13-26: continue without any further increasing but making 1 SC into every stitch. You can make your basket shallower or deeper this way. Finish off by breaking yarn and pulling through, then weaving in your loose ends (I used my crochet hook for this)

(My large basket came out a bit wonky because I was a bit inconsistent with how tightly I pulled my fabric yarn. Must try harder! But sweet none the less!)

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And now I am really happy with my storage of bits and bops! More wool everywhere!

 

Wicker and wool

Last week I was mainly making pom poms – I love them so much, and their bright woolly fluffiness. I saw Lucy’s lovely baskets and after that couldn’t look at our wicker washing basket in the same way again.

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Poor plain basket (poor dirty mirror) (poor mum lots of laundry!)

I loved the look of Lucy’s Pom poms, a sort of salt and pepper effect, so made my Pom poms with a coloured wool and a cream wool together to achieve that grand look. I used four different colours, a hot pink, sky blue, pistachio green and golden yellow.

I counted the upright sticks on the basket to work out my spacing and how many pom poms to make. I had 39 sticks so that divided nicely by 3 so decided to space them at every third stick – (I like logical). This meant 13 pom poms, which didn’t divide so well between my colour scheme so I currently have a bit of a gap in my pom poms. Rich helpfully pointed out that this side could just face the wall so that’s my current solution!

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(Much better! Clean mirror too. And laundry done. A happy day!)

My pom poms are a bit more spaced out than Lucy’s which wasn’t intentional, and I need to go back to trim them a little more evenly I think, but really I am very pleased with my little pom pom basket now. That wasn’t such a hard job but look at the transformation my little fluffy puffs made. It has really brightened up this corner of our bedroom too. Although I am not sure how long Rose will resist trying to pull them off… so far she doesn’t seem to have noticed (dare I say it?)

Lucy also made tassel baskets, you really should have a look.