Free Crochet Basket Patterncomments (2) April 24th, 2008
Get your hooks out, grab some yarn, and check out this free basket pattern from Orange Flower and Chickpea Sewing Studio. Using the tutorials from the last two weeks, you can easily make a basket or two or three.
Note that this basket is worked in a spiral, so instead of joining with a slip stitch at the end each round, you can just continue crocheting on top of the first stitch from the last round. This is where it becomes very helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track of which round you are on. If you don’t have a stitch marker, simply thread a contrasting piece of yarn through the stitch, and move it up as you advance on each round. It will let you know when to switch to the stitch pattern for the next round.
For a little fun customization (and stash-busting!) try making this basket with striped rounds. Even one contrasting color will add a lot of interest. To make the stripes lie evenly, you’ll need to work the pattern with joins at the end of each round, instead of a spiral. Remember to change colors at the last yarn-over of the last stitch of the round preceding your newly colored round.
And if you find your basket isn't standing up as much as you’d like, try going down one hook size from the recommended gauge. It may be a bit tougher to crochet with a smaller hook, but it will produce a sturdy, woven-like fabric. Check out the swatch photo above to see the difference between a size H and size I hook. A tighter stitch will make a sturdier fabric—but note that the finished basket will be a tiny bit smaller since the new hook size changes the gauge. I recommend using a smaller hook size for the handles, too, just to ensure they won’t get stretched out.
You can also try making the basket with other yarns and gauges for a variety of sizes, and adjust the height as indicated on the pattern. If you want a smaller basket, simply stop at the round where your desired bottom circle size is achieved and proceed to row 15.
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