Pot Pie Basket

I love a basket...who doesn't! I make more baskets than I do anything else! I tend to keep them quite simple and let the yarn do the talking. I've used everything from t-shirt yarn to cord to hand spun yarns, and love the different effects each fibre brings.

The main things to remember if you want to make a sturdy basket are:

  1. Go smaller - use a hook/needles at least one mm smaller than the recommended size
  2. Use a simple stitch - you don't want anything too holey, so small stitches such as DC or HTR are more suitable than a TR
  3. Experiment - baskets a quick and easy to make as you tend to use big chunky yarns...so don't be afraid to experiment and frog it

My go to basket pattern is written up below, I think it looks a bit like a pot pie when it's done. If you want to make it bigger or smaller, it's the initial base circle that needs to be adapted with either less rounds (smaller) or additional rounds (bigger - keep increasing the repeat)

UK Terms used throughout:

- treble crochet: yarn over, put the hook into the next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through first two loops on the hook, yarn over, pull through last two loops on the hook

- half treble crochet: yarn over, put the hook into the next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops on the hook

- back loop only: instead of putting you hook under both sides of the stitch, you only put it under the loop furthers away from you

- slip stitch: put hook into next stitch, pull up a loop and pull it through the loop on the hook

- crab stitch: this is a double crochet going in the wrong direction. Put your hook into the previous stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on the hook

The Pattern:

Make a slip knot and chain 4.

Make 11 treble crochets into the 4th chain from the hook (12 stitches in total), slip stitch into the 1st actual stitch (not the chain 3), chain 3 and turn. 

Make a treble crochet into the same stitch, then make 2 treble crochets into every stitch round (24 stitches in total), slip stitch into the 1st actual stitch (not the chain 3), chain 3 and turn. 

Make a treble crochet into the same stitch, make a treble into the next stitch, *make 2 treble crochets into the next stitch, then make a treble crochet into the next stitch*, repeat round from * to * (36 stitches in total), slip stitch into the 1st actual stitch (not the chain 3), chain 1.

That's the base done, we are now going to build the sides, from here on out every round is made up of 36 stitches.

Half-treble crochet into the back loop only of the same stitch, and then half treble crochet into every stitch round, slip stitch into the 1st stitch and chain 1. Repeat this round 2 more times.

Slip stitch into every stitch round, slip stitch into the 1st stitch and chain 1.

Crab stitch into the back loop only of every stitch round (remember, this is just a double crochet going in the opposite direction to normal), slip stitch and fasten off.

Weave in your ends et voila!

 

 

louisa sheward