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This week’s Iron Craft challenge was to make something that could be used for storage. I’ve been crocheting a lot lately, making little bags, and the beginning of a bag looks like a basket, so I decided I wanted to make a crocheted storage basket.
In the pictures it’s holding fruit but in reality it will probably be filled with little balls of yarn, of course.
This project also gave me a chance to use a ball of yarn that has been in my stash for a long time. This is original Peaches & Creme, but it’s their chunky, double worsted weight variety instead of the usual worsted.
I know you can’t buy this anywhere any more, but you can use any heavier weight cotton or acrylic yarn, with a hook a size or two smaller than the ball band calls for (the yarn said size K; I used an I). My yarn had 123 yards, and I used just about every inch of it.
You can make a bigger or smaller basket/bowl by making the bottom bigger (just keep increasing in the same way) or smaller (start working straight sooner).
And mine is all single crochet to make a nice, sturdy basket (and because it is easy!) but feel free to change it up with whatever stitch you like.
To begin, chain 6. Join with a slip stitch in the beginning of the chain.
Work 12 single crochets into the chain loop. Join with a slip stitch into the first single crochet (and do this at the end of each round).
*Single crochet in the first stitch, 2 single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat from * around. 18 stitches.
*Single crochet in the first 2 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat from * around. 24 stitches.
*Single crochet in the first 3 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat from * around. 30 stitches.
Continue in this manner, working one more stitch between increases each round, until the base of your basket is as big as you want. I worked up to single crochet in 9 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, which is 66 stitches if my math is correct. That measured about 9 inches across.
To begin working the sides of the basket, after working the slip stitch at the end of the last round, chain 1. Mark this stitch with a marker as the beginning of the round. Work a single crochet in each stitch, but through the front post only. When you get back to the beginning, work a slip stitch and a chain 1. Work a single crochet in each stitch, working a slip stitch and chain 1 at the end of the round to join.
Continue working rounds of single crochet until the sides of the basket are your desired height, or until you almost run out of yarn. Mine is about 3.5 inches tall.
I have another ball of this yarn so I may come back and make it taller, but it’s pretty cute just the way it is.
Do you ever craft items to hold other things? I’d love to hear about it.