I love having little baskets and containers around to keep things tidy, and have really been wanting to experiment with different materials to crochet with recently. This little basket is not only a perfect way to practice crocheting with rope, but also to hold little odds and ends! For this project I used a Size P crochet hook and one package of clothesline rope. This rope is nylon, but it would be fun to use cotton rope and experiment with dyeing it different colors! How cute would it be to dye the rope a few different colors and make a giant granny square rug?
Now, lets get to the project pictured above...
To begin, start with a slipknot and then chain five stitches.
In order to close up your loop, send your hook through the center of the original slipknot and chain one.
Your loop should look like the one above.
Send your hook through the center of the loop and single crochet six stitches. This should bring you back where you started--please feel free to improvise by adding or subtracting stitches, if necessary.
One completed round should look something like this.
Chain one, and go around the circle again.
Stitch markers definitely make it easier to keep track of where your rounds begin and end. I did not have any handy, so I used a glue stick. :)
Round and round we go...
When your base is as wide as you want it (mine was four rounds), it is time to begin building up the walls. Start with a chain stitch...
Then begin your next round of single crochet through the top of each stitch below (by sending your hook through the middle of the stitch, as opposed to underneath it).
Pull these stitches tight, in order to form a stable base for your basket.
Once the base round is finished, chain one and start on round two of your walls. For round two and each round after, crochet through the bottom of each stitch.
When you are ready to begin your last row, chain five stitches. This will become your handle.
Skip two stitches and attach the chain to the basket rim with another chain stitch. Continue to chain stitch to the rim until you are halfway around the basket. Follow the instructions above to make another handle, then continue your stitches until you reach the beginning of your round.
When you have reached the end of your last round, pull the end of the rope through the last stitch, then weave it into the basket and tie it off.
If you do this project, please email me a photo--I would love to see it!
Posted by Katherine on Monday, February 15, 2010