Let’s celebrate Earth Day 2016 by crocheting some baskets. These baskets are so fun and easy to make. The best part is that you can adjust the size according to your needs. You can even make several to rest inside of each other. The basket I made measured about 12 1/2 inches in circumference and about 8 inches tall. It is surpassing how much fits inside of it. What is also nice is that when not in use you can just fold it flat and out of the way. I think crocheting your own baskets is a great way to eliminate landfill waste. How many times have we seen throw away containers which end up in the landfill since they tear or break so easily.
To make this basket I used 2 strands together of medium weight yarn (weight 4 category). You can also use a chunky/bulky weight yarn or that new blanket weight yarn I have seen in stores. The great thing about this basket is that you just continue to add rounds until you get your desired size.. and then work your rounds up to the height you want. Super easy. I made this using single crochet stitches to get a closed weave. You could also use half double crochet stitches or even double crochet. Just be aware that the double crochet will be a bit open so if you are making them to store small items they could slip thru the stitches.
12 oz. of Medum weight yarn in color or colors of choice ( For the size I made)
J Hook 10.5 size, 6.5mm
4 stitch markers
yarn needle to sew in tails.
To begin: Chain 4, sl st into 1st chain (Remember, you will be using 2 strands of yarn at the same time thru out entire project).
Rnd 1: 6 sc into circle (put stitch marker in first stitch of each round)
Rnd 2: 2sc into each st
Rnd 3: *2sc, 1 sc in next st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 4: *2sc, 1 sc in next 2 st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 5: *2sc, 1 sc in next 3 st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 6- your desired size: Each new round will begin with 2 sc in first st (increase). You will increase the number of stitches that have only 1 sc in each stitch by 1 stitch. For example, Rnd 6 would be: *2 sc, sc in next next 4*, rep from * to * Rnd 7 would be: *2sc, sc in the next 5 st*, rep from * to *and so on. I did a total of 17 rounds.
Once you have your desired size circle (this is the bottom of the basket). You will work 1 round of: 1 sc in each st (Back Loops ONLY) . This forms the ridge of your basket to begin adding height.
Next rounds after your back loop only round.: sc in each st. Continue adding rounds until you have your desired height.
Handles: Once you have your desired height. Fold your basket in half (with stitch marker a little to the right of center). Now place stitch markers on both layer of your basket with enough space for your hand to fit. I put my stitch markers 7 chains apart.. then 7 stitches apart on the back half. Now chain that many of stitches. For my basket I skipped 7 stitches so I made 7 chains. (See photos below)
Work 2 rounds of single crochet in each stitch including the chains spaces. Fasten off and weave in your tails. Your basket is ready to enjoy. You can make these any size or colors you like. You are only limited by your own creativity. You can make them multi-color and use up your yarn scraps.
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