I’ve been working on this pattern for a number of months now, and my sister actually commissioned two of these crochet baskets as Christmas gifts (she filled them with wines and home-made jams and chutneys to make little hampers). I’ve made a few of them now and having had some great feedback I wanted to share a pattern with you! These baskets would make a great home-made touch to any room, plus they have the added bonus of being useful! As you need to use 3/4 yarns simultaneously to work up the basket this is also a great project to use up your stash. They work up reasonably small, and the ‘sturdiness’ of the basket depends on the material you use.
YOU WILL NEED
8 mm crochet hook
Either reasonably thin, malleable/soft rope (to make the larger white basket pictured, which will hold its own shape better) or 4 skeins of DK and/or Aran weight yarn which will be used simultaneously (to make the smaller blue basket pictured, which is a lot softer but ideal for storing soft items like wool or your current WIP). 3 skeins of chunky/super chunky yarn would also work well instead of rope.
Remember to use all yarns of choice at the same time, as pictured above
Round 1 - Sc6 in magic circle (6)
Round 2 - *2sc in each sc* x6 (12)
Round 3 - *2sc in next, sc in next* x6 (18)
Round 4 - *2sc in next, sc in next 2* x6 (24)
Round 5 - *2sc in next, sc in next 3* x6 (30)
Round 6 - *2sc in next, sc in next 4* x6 (36)
Round 7 - *2sc in next, sc in next 5* x6 (42)
Round 8 - *2sc in next, sc in next 6* x6 (48)
Round 9 - *2sc in next, sc in next 7* x6 (54)Rounds 10-16 – sc round (54)
shape basket handles
Round 17 – *dc in next 3, ch 12 stitches, skip next 8 stitches of basket and join the chain in the 9th sc with a dc, dc in next 2, sc in next 13* twice. You should then have the shapes of your basket handles as pictured below
|3dc followed by ch12|
|basket after round 17|
Round 18 - *sl. stitch in next 3, dc in next 12 (basket handle), sl. stitch in next 16* twice
fasten off and weave in ends.
If you make this basket do share some pictures with me! I've also posted this pattern on Ravelry in case you want to save it for another day in your library :)