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!

 

A woolapple weekend

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I had a grand adventure in Brighton today. I had a lovely hot chocolate with my dear friend Beth, and then we went to some shops and I bought some things from Tiger – my favourite shop of the moment.

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I found some great ‘fabric yarn’ there which is like grey marl t-shirts in a ball of wool. I have a little project in mind already! Also I found some good things to help with mine and Rose’s baking and painting and a little present for our friend. Dear Tiger, please open a shop in Seaford, and bring H&M with you too.

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On my way to the station I passed the beautiful french patisserie, Julien Plumart. I wanted some macarons, but they were quite a lot of money and I was feeling rather peckish so opted for some massively impressive meringues instead (and enough to take some home to share). I am rather regretting my decision now as would love to taste the macarons – next time I’ll go back with a full tummy. I am not surprised by the price though – they are a tough cookie!

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I was very pleased when i got home also because Rich and Rose had baked a cake together while I was out. It wasn’t much of a surprise because Rich had called me a few times with questions such as ‘which oven should I use to make a cake?’, ‘this looks like quite a lot of oil for a cake, do you think it’s alright?’ and ‘what does fold in mean?’. I was so impressed though – it was Rich’s first ever cake (although Rose has made about 6 in the last month) and it was so spongy and lovely. I think he has a hidden talent. I might try him on macarons next…

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Also next I think I need a selfie stick for this new hobby of mine, take a doll out and take her photo. It is difficult to hold a doll and a phone and take a picture! Would a selfie stick help me?

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