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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…Happypotamus update

So, I promised you a Happypotamus update, and here it is:

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It doesn’t look like too much at the moment, but trust me, it’s the start of a Happypotamus bum.

I chose my current favourite acrylic wool, Elle Pure Gold in 4 ply for my hippo.  I didn’t find any nice bright colours that I liked, so I opted to go the pastel route.

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The flower motifs are pretty quick and easy (especially if you’ve done granny squares or something similar before).  I’m not brave enough to try the join-as-you-go method, so I’m sewing them together as I finish each flower.

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For more information about the Happypotamus, and a link to the pattern, see my original post here.