I wanted to make a handy crochet project basket for indoors, to use for my current project of the week instead of manhandling my big crochet bag all over the house- also I wanted to try and make it like yarn bowl so I could leave my yarn in it instead of it either unravelling on the floor or again having to move the yarn bowl around. I did think first to go a rustic looking yarn but then I decided to go with something a bit more fun and colourful using t shirt yarn, I used Scheepjes Nooodle ( yes it is 3 x o). This was more than robust enough to make a standing basket and was made using a clover 12mm hook.
You need 3 skeins of Scheepjes noodle- in the colours or colour of your choice. 12mm crochet hook, stitch marker, scissors, needle and sewing cotton.
I started with a magic ring – 6 dc = 6st, mark your last stitch on each row with a stitch marker
row 1: 2 hdc in each stitch= 12st
row 2: *1 hdc, 2 hdc in next stitch* – repeat to end of row =18st
row 3: *1 hdc in first 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 24st
row 4:*1 hdc in first 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 30st
row 5:*1 hdc in first 4 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 36st
row 6:*1 hdc in first 5 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 42st
row 7:*1 hdc in first 6 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 48st
row 8:dc in back loop 48st ( this forms a slight ridge at the base of the basket before you go upwards)
row 9: dc both loops 48 stitches
rows 10-15 : repeat row 9
I changed colour on row 16 if you wish to do the same, row 16 &17 were green, rows 18 & 19 were purple, r0ws 20-23 were green, returning to purple on row 24.
If you don’t want a yarn escape : Rows 16 – 29: repeat row 9 1 dc in each stitch
if you do want a yarn escape-
on row 21: dc 24 stitches, slip stitch next 2 stitches, dc next 22 stiches
on row 22: dc 21, 1 tr, 2 chain, 1 tr, dc 23
on row 23-29 – repeat row 9
Fasten off, I then turned the last row over to form a lip for the basket, I sewed this into place underneath with purple thread.
Tip: weave in eands using a safety pin to pull the t-shirt fabric through- didn’t have a needle big enough for this one 🙂
handle if you want one :
Chain 30 with a strand of each colour, or two strands of the 1 colour if thats what you are using, hdc in the the second chain from the hook to the end, fasten off. Attach to underneath of the lip of the basket where required with needle and cotton.
Essentials pocket ( I did mine in a contrasting colour)
row 1: dc in second chain from hook to end, 10st
row 2: chain 1, dc to end, 10st
row 3-14 : repeat row 2
fasten off and sew onto basket in required spot with needle and thread, I then divided my pocket by sewing down the middle as well- and added a samll bow of tshirt fabric at the top as decoration- or you can hang stich makers on the bow :). I’m now happy using my soft basket / yarn bowl – just the job !