If you’re looking for the perfectly sized basket that will house a few skeins of yarn, a project or two, and some needles without being bulky and cumbersome, you’ve found just the right pattern – “Red’s Goodie Basket” from Uncommon Crochet: Twenty-Five Projects Made From Natural Yarns & Alternative Fibers, uploaded (with permission) to Craft Foxes.
The free crochet pattern utilizes leather cord (the pattern shows a red, but you can choose whichever color you fancy, something that will coordinate with your craft room, or you can use multiple colors and create a pattern), which makes the basket hardy and able to retain its shape more easily than felted wool or even cotton.
To make the basket, you’ll need the following materials:
- 12 spools of leather cord (suggested size: 2mm)
- Size “K” hook
- Stitch marker
- Large eye yarn needle
You’ll also need to check the gauge, which the pattern says is 10 sc x 13 rows (equal to 4 inches). The only two special stitches are single crochet two together (sc2tog) and slip stitch front loop only (sl st flo), which are explained in the stitch guide above the pattern.
This pattern may be a little difficult for a beginner, but the intermediate and advanced crocheters should find this mildly challenging. The handles require some shaping, and the bottom is worked as a flat circle and then the rest of the basket is worked in concave circles, all of which is explained in the design notes section.
Of course, if you don’t want to use leather, there are a variety of alternative fibers to use. The pattern suggests trying jute, but you can also try cord and rope – be sure to use a sturdy alternative, however, or you risk the basket being less hardy and more difficult to shape.
The resulting basket is perfect for the craft room, the car, or a classroom, and can be made in various sizes to accommodate your needs.
If you’re interested in crocheting one of these baskets for your craft room (or someone else’s), you can find the free pattern as well as a stitch guide, materials list, and finished size information at Craft Foxes.