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Topic: Easy stashbuster crochet bowls/baskets - mini tutorial  (Read 2787 times)
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sarantha
« on: May 23, 2010 03:43:29 AM »

Hullo,

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..  Cheesy).





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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!


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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2010 04:29:09 AM »

I have to make one! What a great way for me to eat up some of my ugly yarn!
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2010 08:13:14 AM »

Awesome idea!  I've got some old yarn that this would be perfect for!
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2010 11:46:16 AM »

I *LOVE* this idea!
What an awesome way to stashbust since I always hate throwing away "not enough to anything with but too much waste" yarn bits!
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2010 10:47:39 PM »

These look great! I love how chunky they are!
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2010 08:10:09 AM »

Great stashbusting idea and I love the finished product! Your embellishments are fab. Thanks for the inspiration.
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2010 07:50:53 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments! Miss Barbara told me she's already made a couple of these .. maybe she could share pictures, here, too.
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2010 06:35:50 PM »

I love love love these, first thing I'm going to make is a wooly fruit bowl.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2010 07:20:24 PM »

Wow! Those are extremly beautiful! I've made a basket before to put my clasps in, but I honestly don't think you want to see it. They're made from plain leftover poly yarn and the pattern (which is my own design) is very basic.
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2010 07:46:10 PM »

Ooh these are great!! I want some... wonder if I can find enough yarn to acomplish it... pft LOL  of course I can Cheesy
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