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Stuff, stuff everywhere: Baskets to the rescue!

When I became reacquainted with crocheting, I was fascinated by all of the different patterns that were available. Baskets were particularly appealing to me as they can be used to store a variety of items around the house and they are not cardboard or plastic (a huge advantage). They can be made in different diameters and heights. Tall and narrow ones can store pens or crochet hooks, shallow wide ones can be used to store toiletries, cards and other small games, or items in the junk drawer. Some may use them as planters, or even bong covers, for those so inclined. The options are endless. But one thing is for sure, they will add a warmth and texture that other types of baskets/bowls will not be able to emulate.





When I decided to make a basket pattern, I wanted to have a lot of texture in the stitch, but still have a simple stitch pattern to follow. I looked up various stitch options and landed on the grit stitch. This is a simple [sc, dc] skip st repeat. It results in the stitches slanting a little and that, together with the super bulky Bernat Blanket yarn gives a lovely texture.


Rocky Meadow Baskets




These baskets are very easy to work up. A small one can be made in 2-3 hours depending on your skill level and focus. I find that it takes me a little longer if I am watching TV. The larger ones will take a little more time, but could still be finished in an evening. Anything that is done so quickly is great for a small gift or craft tables/shows.

Rocky Meadow Baskets (in 3 sizes) pdf can be found in my Etsy and Ravelry Shops:


https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/1013380135/rocky-meadow-baskets-crochet-pattern?ref=listings_manager_grid


https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rocky-meadow-baskets


FREE PATTERN

Large basket: 18 cm diameter base

Super bulky (size 6) yarn – I used Bernat Blanket

Size 9.0 mm and size 8.0 mm crochet hook

Abbreviations:

Ch - chain

Sc – single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Bl – back loop

Rep - repeat

Sl st – slip stitch

St - stitch

Special Stitches:

Grit stitch: sc and dc into same st, skip st, repeat; next row do sc and dc into the sc of the last row

Notes:

  • Join all rounds with sl st into first st of previous row (use a stitch marker in first st to avoid getting lost)

  • Begin row in the same st as the sl st

Instructions:

Base:

Ch 2

Round 1:

8 sc into 2nd ch, join – [8 sc]

Round 2:

2 sc in each st around, join – [16 sc]

Round 3:

*2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc, rep from * around, join – [24 sc]

Round 4:

*2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in each of next 2 st, rep from * around, join – [32 sc]

Round 5:

*2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in each of next 3 st, rep from * around, join – [40 sc]

Round 6:

*2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in each of next 4 st, rep from * around, join – [48 sc]

Round 7:

*2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in each of next 5 st, rep from * around, join – [56 sc]

Sides (by using the back loop only in the next row it creates the side of the basket):

Round 8:

Sc in bl only around, join – [56 blsc]




Round 9:

Sc and dc into 1st st, skip st (Grit st), rep from * around, sl st in top of 1st sc – [28 grit st]

Round 10-11:

Grit st in sc, rep around, join – [28 grit st]

If you want a taller basket add more rows here

Round 12:

Change to size 8.0 mm hook

Grit st in sc, rep around, join – [28 grit st]

Round 13-14 (size 8 hook):

Sl st around

Fasten off and weave in ends


Now you are all set to store your items, wrap as a gift, or sell at a craft show!


Please share your basket pics!


Keep Cozy while Coiling!

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