since I've already had two people asking me about how I made these baskets, I thought I'd share it here. It's really very simple and I'm sure it has been done before, that's why I didn't post it earlier. I have no progress pictures, but I think it's simple enough you'll get the idea anyway. These are some of my finished baskets. I gave some away and I've got a couple around the house to store yarn (yes.. what else.. ).
And this is how I make them:
- with a 15mm crochet hook choose random yarn, anything from 6-10 strands held together at the same time, depending on the thickness
- if the fabric is too stiff or too loose remove or add strands
- first crochet a base, starting with a magic circle and 6sc in it, close the round with a slip stitch
- start each new round with ch 1, always close with a slip stitch
- crochet a base until you like the size for it, increasing 6 stitches every round - I follow the usual system that gives you a hexagon, it won't really show in the finished basket (6 sc the first round, 2 in every stitch the second round (12 stitches), repeat 1 sc/2 in next stitch for round 3 (18 stitches), repeat 2 sc/2 in next stitch for round 4 (24 stitches) ... and so on
- when the base is big enough, flip it over so the pretty side is on the inside of the basket
- the sides are crocheted the same, only without increases. Always end with a slip stitch. Spiraling up will result in a rather big bump at the end.
- the first row of the side rows I crochet into the back loop only to get a nice edge
- whenever a strand runs out, just replace it with another one (or two if the thickness is different), I simply make a knot and tuck in the ends later
- tuck the ends away and make something pretty to decorate your basket.
Have fun making your own! I find they're cheap and quick gifts, useful and pretty. Be warned though: They eat up lots of yarn.
I'd be happy to see pictures of somebody else's baskets here!