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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Easy stashbuster crochet bowls/baskets - mini tutorial on: May 23, 2010 03:43:29 AM

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).

Stitch Detail:

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!

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Opinions on the Crochet me book? ("Designs to fuel the crochet revolution") on: December 22, 2007 01:47:22 PM
Has anybody bought that book yet? I was wondering if I should buy it. I really liked what I saw in the pages I saw online, but I'm not sure if there are projects in it for my short attention span ... sweaters and other big projects scare me.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Revamped journal: The Road not Taken on: October 23, 2007 01:34:39 AM
I made this for an aunt of mine who, having fought breast cancer two years ago, has now been diagnosed with cancer of the liver and the hipbones. She's the optimistic type and manages to be really supportive towards her husband. I made her this journal to maybe write down some thoughts or to have other people write something in it for her when they visit her at the hospital... or for whatever she wants to use it for.
I used dried leaves from the vine growing on our house that I feel go really well with the poem by Robert Frost (Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...)

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Neil Gaiman's "Stardust" swap? - The movie is out now, too! on: October 10, 2007 02:31:08 AM
Would anybody be up for a Stardust themed swap? I'll go watch the movie as soon as it's out in Germany (unfortunately the sneak preview today is only the dubbed version, I'm going to watch the original), and I just thought it might be fun to do a Stardust not-just-the-movie swap.
I love the fairy tale character of the book, like the illustrations by Charles Vess a lot, and so far the movie looks really promising to me. I might organise this swap if enough people are interested.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Flowery Tunic for my two-year-old: Farbenmix Oona on: July 31, 2007 06:47:24 AM
I really like the patterns by Farbenmix. This was my second try at sewing clothes, I've only got silly action shots:

I think it's really cute, although some of the seams are a bit wonky.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dress for my 4-year-old: pattern is Farbenmix "Muriel" on: July 31, 2007 06:36:09 AM
This was my first attempt at sewing clothes: A dress for my daughter. Since it was my first time reading a pattern I messed it up a little - the neckline is too low, because I didn't realise the pattern wanted me to cut an additional piece just like the shape of the neckline to use as a "background" (no idea what it's called in English, the piece of fabric you use for strengthening the armholes and stuff..).. so I accidentally cut that part off the dress itself.. I figured out what I had done wrong, but I didn't have enough fabric to start all over again. All in all I'm pretty pleased, though. It has a hidden zipper at the back, and that worked out really well.

The dress:

Silly action shot:

What do you think?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Also a lavender bunny - lavender inside :) on: July 31, 2007 06:27:25 AM
I made this bunny for a swap after the pattern I saw posted here of the gorgeous lavender bunny. I actually put lavender inside, because I figured to make it smell nice would be an additional bonus  Grin

I think he turned out well, thanks for the pattern Rheatheylia!

8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fat Bottom with a little red rose on: July 31, 2007 05:44:42 AM
And yet another FBB. I made this one for a friend, she needed a purse for her nice red dress she's going to wear at a friend's wedding party. Since she didn't own a single purse I HAD to crochet one.. here it is. I'm pretty pleased with how the handles turned out, I just used the red yarn from the body of the bag and crocheted around the dull black plastic handles. It looks a lot more elegant this way.

Please tell me what you think  Smiley

Detail of the rose

Detail of the handles
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Neil Gaiman's characters themed swap? - Sandman/Stardust/Coraline... on: April 25, 2007 01:36:28 AM
Hi all,

Don't know if this has been done before, but I've noticed that some people have Neil Gaiman on their list of favourite authors, too. I'm a big fan, and I'd love a swap based on the characters of his work - there'd be so much to choose from, just think of the cast in Sandman alone.. but I think Stardust, Coraline, Good Omens etc. would work equally well.

So far I've swapped only once, so if enough people were interested to join, but nobody interested to organise, you'd have to wait for me to complete another swap before I'm allowed to organise one.

But first let me hear what you think..

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Shell stitch scarf on: April 24, 2007 10:39:29 AM
I crocheted this as a first project after taking up the hooks again, that was about a month ago. Two FBBs later, I've decided to post this scarf, too, because I love how it turned out.

It's done with Schachenmayr nomotta Microcolor yarn (or some such name), which is deliciously soft and great to crochet with (I bought it in Germany, but I seem to have noticed the brand in someone elses post here, so maybe it's available internationally). I chose the shell stitch, but without the scs to pin it down at the edges, since I wanted a looser scarf. It's really soft and quite long - long enough to wrap twice or even three times round my neck and still leave quite satisfyingly long ends... anyway, here goes:



I started a fringe for it, but I didn't like it, so I took it off again. I think I'll just leave it as it is.

What do you think? Too bad I won't wear it much with the warmer weather coming on. So I'll have to save it for chill nights out or until autumn Smiley
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