I just looked at the calendar and realized that I managed to lose two weeks somewhere. I SHOULD be on week 12. Hrm.
Anyway, I have a thing for baskets. I think it’s because although I tend to create clutter as I craft, deep down (and I mean WAY down), I aspire to be one of those highly organized minimalists. Yeah. Right.
Here’s a quick and easy (and free!) pattern for a chunky crocheted basket.
- Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn (I used less than a full skein)
- Size N (9.00mm) crochet hook
My basket ended up being 8.5” across and 5.75” deep using this pattern.
Basket is worked in joined rounds. The rounds are joined with a slip stitch to the first stitch unless otherwise noted. Gauge is not crucial in this project. Pattern is written in American crochet terms.
Ch 4. Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring.
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc now and throughout), 11 hdc in ring. Join. (12 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each st around. Join. (24 hdc)
Row 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. Join. (36 hdc)
Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next two stitches*, repeat from * to * around. Join. (48 hdc)
Row 5: Ch 2. Working in FRONT LOOPS ONLY, hdc in each st around. Join.
Row 6. Ch 2. TURN. Working through BOTH loops, hdc in each st around. Join.
Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Join.
Row 8-9: Repeat row 7.
Row 10: Ch 2, hdc in next 5 sts, ch 6, skip next 6 sts, hdc in next 18 sts, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, hdc in next 12 sts. Join.
Row 11: Ch 2, work hdc in each st and 6 hdc in each ch 6 space of previous round. Join, cut yarn and weave in end.
I changed colors a few times along the way for my basket. For a larger basket, continue increasing the bottom before working in the front loops (row 5) that form the side. To do this, you’ll increase 12 stitches per row (hdc in next three sts, 2 hdc in next), and so on.
These baskets would also look great felted if you use 100% wool. Quick and Thick is part wool and part synthetic, so I don’t think it would felt very well. Just remember when you’re making the basket to felt it that it WILL shrink, so crochet it larger than you’d like the finished basket to be. Once you crochet it, toss it into the washer with a few pairs of jeans (make sure there’s nothing with velcro in there or it will stick to your project), and wash as usual on the hot cycle. Check your basket every few minutes and take it out once the felting is to your liking. I allow my felted projects to air dry so that I can shape them as they dry.