I was recently in the “market” for a free crochet pattern for a basket. I was unable to find quite what I was looking for, so I used my hat making skills to design my own. To be fair, even though I didn’t find an exact pattern for something I liked, I was able to glean tips from some of them that made my basket better than it would have been had I embarked on this mission without looking for patterns. So there’s that.
This basket is made using two strands of yarn held together and crocheted as one. By doing this, you get both an interesting look to your basket (especially if you choose different colors) and a bit more strength. And crocheting with two strands together is much easier than using thicker yarn in the first place – I’m not sure why, but I found it a nicer way to work.
I like how versatile this pattern is. Though I’ve included instructions for one the height of what I made, you can easily make it bigger or smaller by including more or fewer increase rounds. You can make it taller by adding more rounds after you’re done increasing but before you get to the handles; similarly, you can make it shorter by crocheting fewer rounds. Super simple.
Since I created this myself, I’m comfortable sharing the pattern. I hope you enjoy it.
Using 2 strands of worsted weight (normal) yarn held together:
Round 1: 11 DC inside magic ring. Join with slip stitch. Chain 2.
Round 2: 2 DC in each DC (22 DC). Join. Chain 2.
Round 3: 2 DC in first DC, one DC in next DC, repeat around (33 DC). Join. Chain 2.
Round 5: 2 DC in first DC, one DC in next three DC, repeat around (55 DC). Join. Chain 2.
Round 6: 2 DC in first DC, one DC in next four DC, repeat around (66 DC). Join. Chain 2.
Rounds 7-12: DC in each stitch around (66 DC). Join. Chain 2.
Round 13: (To make handle): DC in first 9 DC, ch 17, DC in next 17 DC (connect it to the 18th stitch), ch 17, DC to end.
Round 14: DC in each stitch around.
Tie off. Weave in ends.
I hope I’ve made this clear enough. If you try making this basket and run into problems, please leave a comment, and I’ll try to help.
This post is part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew’s roundup on crafts. That post will go live on Friday, March 4th, 2016.