Granite Crochet Basket

Great as a spa basket for bathroom storage or for organizing yarns (!!)…this chunky cotton basket is very simple in design but the unusual colors of the cotton used (oxidize bronze effect on white cotton) adds a pop of pretty decor to any corner of the house!

To make a nice basket, there are a few tricks that need to be observed.

First, to get a nice structure to your fabric basket, your stitches need to be tight. Therefore, always use a smaller hook then is recommended for your yarn. For example, we usually recommend a 7-8 mm hook for this soft chunky cotton, but for the basket project, we use a 4.5 mm hook.

Also, there is a clever trick that can be used so that your basket can stand tall without support. Rather than crocheting a rounded bowl-like base, we start by making a flat circle. Next, we need to slip stitch all over the circle. Then, to make a step to rise the walls of the basket, we will single crochet to cover that slip stitch (more details below).

When we do a flat circle for our base, we will be using double crochet stitching. This will create a base that is not too rigid, which will also allow you to hang the basket, rather than only being able to use it standing.

 

Materials

Crochet hook: 4.5mm
Stitch marker
3 x 50g Chunky Cotton Unique Yarns Co.

You can choose between these colors:

Abbreviations:

dc: double crochet
BLdc: double crochet only in back loop
sc: single crochet
BLsc: single crochet only in back loop
slst: slip stitich

Dimensions:
10 cm/4″ in height, 20 cm/8″ in diameter

Base

The BASE of the basket (double crochet) is worked in joined rounds, this means that you will mark your first stitch and slip stitch to first sc to complete round.

To start: Make a magic ring
RND 1: 12 dc in ring, join with sl st.
RND 2: BLdc in each st (increase every stitch), join with sl st.
RND 3: *BLdc in next st, 2 BLdc in next st; rep from *all around (increase every stitch), join with sl st.
RND 4: *BLdc in next st, 2 BLdc in next st; rep from * all around
(increase every stitch), join with sl st.
RND 5: *BLdc in 2 sts, 2 BLdc in next st; rep from * all around
(increase every 3rd stitch), join with sl st.
RND 6: *BLdc in 3 sts, 2 BLdc in next st; rep from * all around
(increase every 4th stitch), join with sl st.
RND 7: *BLdc in 4 sts, 2 BLdc in next st; rep from * all around
(increase every 5th stitch), join with sl st.
RND8: slip stitch in the back loops only all the way around the circle.

 

Body

We will now begin crocheting the BODY of the basket (single crochet), which will be worked in spiral, with unjoined rounds: so, instead of joining with a slip stitch, crochet the first stitch of round two into the top of the first stitch of round one. Here it’s important to use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of each round.

RND 9: To creates a thick base for the start of our crochet basket, we need to cover up the slip stitches. To do so, sc all around but inserting the hook into the gap under the slip stitch you created in the previous round. This will create a ridge that will give stability to your basket.

RND 10: BLsc all around
RND 11: BLsc all around
RND 12: BLsc all around
RND 13-21: sc all around

We make now the handles:

RND 22: 15sc, 20 ch, skip 22, slst, 28 sc, 20ch, skip 22, slst, 15sc.
RND 23: sc all around

To give a bit of internal bend, we now single crochet only in the back loops.

RND 24: BLsc all around
RND 25: BLsc all around
RND 26: BLsc all around

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