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These Amazing Crochet Baskets (Free Pattern)

Crafts April 13, 2017

These Amazing Crochet Baskets (Free Pattern)

Crochet In Color (Elizabeth Pardue)’s free crochet basket pattern is a great place to start if you’ve never made a basket. There are dozens of uses for one (in the kitchen for utensils, in the bathroom for necessities, in the craft room for supplies, etc.), and this pattern’s simple enough for everyone to try. You might also want to look at her other original patterns on Ravelry – there’s a lot of options to choose from, including more basket patterns.

You’ll need the following supplies: a crochet hook (size “L”), 3 skeins of super bulky yarn (the pattern recommends Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick), scissors, and a tapestry needle. The pattern is crocheted from the bottom up, in the round as one piece, and the website includes both written directions and a photo tutorial.

While you might be tempted to use a larger hook (after all, you are using larger yarn), resist the temptation. The smaller hook ensures that the stitch is stiff, which helps the basket retain its shape. Of course if you don’t want to use super bulky yarn, you can use a worsted weight yarn and up the strand count to four. This will produce the same effect, though the texture will vary slightly. You can of course use different materials as well, such as hemp, ribbon yarn wrapped around clear tubing, or t-shirt yarn. After you complete the basket, you can also add on finishing touches such as buttons, ribbon, or pom-poms.

If you’ve been looking for a crochet basket pattern you can modify by using something like t-shirt yarn, ribbon yarn, or other alternative materials, you can try this free pattern at Ravelry – you do have to have an invite to Nurin Kurin (and you’ll most likely have to use Google Translate for help, though there are photos of the alternative “yarn” materials) in order to see those alterations, though there’s a great picture on Tumblr if you want a peek.

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Crochet baskets of varying sizes (Free pattern)

Crafts April 13, 2017

Crochet baskets of varying sizes (Free pattern)

Sometimes you just need a basket in a specific size. And the more specific you get, the more difficult it is to find the one you want. But what if you could make the perfect size basket for a specific purpose? All About Ami has you covered with several free patterns for crocheted baskets in every size, ranging from simple one color baskets to the more complicated ombre effect basket. She’s also included her modifications to the patterns so you can make sure you have the exact size you need.

You’ll want to use a super bulky yarn to ensure that the basket holds its shape, and in some cases, you’ll use two strands of yarn throughout the pattern. However, if you want to experiment, you can use a smaller weight yarn and simply add more strands (start with three or four) to make sure it stays a stiff texture that you can shape into a basket. One of the patterns recommends using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick if you’re going to use a super bulky yarn. If you’re wanting to try the ombre basket, however, you’ll simply use four strands of a worsted weight yarn to get the effect you desire.

Another thing to be aware of is the size of the crochet hook you’re using — too large, and the texture won’t be stiff enough to retain its shape. While it might seem like a good idea to use a larger hook with super bulky yarn, the basket might become more of a bag if you do.

None of these patterns are overly complicated. All you need to do is check that your crochet hook and yarn weight are the right fit so that your basket doesn’t slouch or succumb to being pulled in all directions because of its contents. Once complete, a set of these baskets would make great gifts for the people in your life who love to organize. They also make a thoughtful welcome present. Of course, you can always keep them for yourself and use them to hold all your yarn, crochet hooks, and other craft supplies.

Want to try your hand at making one or more sizes of these crocheted baskets? All About Ami has links to each pattern (whether you want small, medium or large) on her site.

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Crochet this Basket with Handles (Free Pattern)

Crafts March 13, 2016

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.

Crochet this Basket with Handles (Free Pattern)

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