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Loving…crochet baskets

I spotted these amazing neon crochet baskets a few weeks ago, and I new I just had to make my own.

crochet basket

I decided to make a smaller and simpler version, using normal string and some colourful wool.  I battled to find a simple crochet basket pattern to suit my limited stitch vocabulary, but I eventually managed to put together a pattern based on a few others.  I think they turned out quite nicely.

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What you’ll need:

  • string/twine (from any craft shop or hardware store)
  • crochet hook (I used a 5mm)
  • wool in contrasting colour (I used double knit, you just need to make sure that your wool and string have more or less the same thickness)
  • scissors
  • basic crochet skills (chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet)

Pattern:

ch – chain
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet

  1. ch 5, join with sl st to form ring.
  2. ch 3, 11 dc into ring, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (12 dc in total)
  3. ch 3, 2 dc into each stitch, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (24 dc in total)
  4. ch3, *2 dc into first stitch, 1 dc into next stitch*, repeat around, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (36 dc in total)
  5. ch3, *2 dc into first stitch, 1 dc into next stitch, 1 dc into next stitch*, repeat around, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (48 dc in total).  If you want a basket with a larger diameter, you can continue in this fashion until desired (ie increase the number of single dc stitches with each round)
  6. sc into back loop of each stitch of the previous round.  This will form the bottom edge of the basket.
  7. Complete the side of the basket with either one sc or one dc into each stitch of the previous row, until sides have the desired height.  Swop to coloured wool to create stripes, or a top edge.
  8. Finish off with a row of sc.

I hope that all makes sense!  These little baskets are perfect to store little things around the home, but you can make them as big as you like.

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Loving…learning to crochet

I’ve never really been that inspired to crochet.  My dear Nan taught me to knit when I was a little girl (I can knit a mean scarf), but crochet was never really that high up on my radar, I guess I associated it with those awful toilet roll covers with the barbie on top (yikes). A few friends have started to crochet recently, so I thought I’d give it a go.

I have of those Learn to Crochet DVDs (the ones from CNA), but it really takes a special kind of bored to sit down on a weekend afternoon with a crochet DVD.  But thankfully a kind friend offered to teach me.  Well.  Let’s say that the bug has bitten.  I’ve been inspired by this beautiful blanket from Rain.

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So, I got started on my own “heirloom blanket”.  I’ve been following this simple hexagon pattern from Le monde de Sucrette with an extra row of double crochet around the outside, but you can find loads of alternatives on Ravelry.  I’m using Elle Pure Gold in Pepper (055), Ivory (036), Mist (203) and Ultra Marine (072), with a 5mm crochet hook.  I’m quite impressed with my progress so far (not bad for a first crochet attempt?) – I’ll keep you updated!

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Loving…HOTCHkiss creations

My dear friend Jade has recently launched her own business selling her beautiful hand-crocheted items. I was lucky enough to get one of her scarves for my birthday recently, which I love! Each item is made with the utmost love and care, using high quality yarns in gorgeous colours. Pop over to her website, or get shopping on Hello Pretty!

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All images via HOTCHkiss creations  & Hello Pretty.