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The Basic Basket
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Emily

Making crochet baskets has become a bit of an obsession for me – I have made them in all shapes, sizes, colours and materials.  They are super handy, especially since you can so easily adjust them to suit your needs.

There are a number of ways to make baskets, but here’s how I do it. Note that I use standard UK/Australian terminology – for US terminology, simply substitute single crochet (sc) instead for double crochet (dc).

The base:

  1. Using the yarn of your choice and crochet hook to suit, create a slip knot and 2 chains.
  2. Make 6 dc into the second chain from the hook.  This is your first round.  You will have 6 stitches. Use a safety pin or stitch marker to mark the end of the round (do this at the end of each round of the base).
  3. Make 2 dc into each of the previous round.  You will have 12 stitches.the base
  4. Make 1 dc into the first stitch of the previous round, and 2 dc into the next stitch.  Repeat this 5 times to the end of the round.  You will have 18 stitches.
  5. Make 2 dc into the first stich of the previous round, and 1 dc into each of the next 2 stitches.  Repeat this 5 times to the end of the round.  You will have 24 stitches.
  6. Make 1 dc into each of the first 2 stitches of the previous round, 2 dc into the next stitch, and 1 dc into the following stitch.  Repeat this 5 times to the end of the round.  You will have 30 stitches.
  7. Make 1 dc into each of the first 4 stitches, and 2 dc into the next stitch.  Repeat this 5 times to the end of the round.  You will have 36 stitches.
  8. Make 1 dc into each of the first 2 stitches of the previous round, 2 dc into the next stitch, and 1 dc into the following 3 stitches.  Repeat this 5 times to the end of the round.  You will have 42 stitches.

From here, continue making rounds until the base reaches the size you want.  Each round needs to be increased by 6 stitches. Be sure to move the position of the increase each round – if you increase in the same place each time you will end up with a hexagon rather than a circle!

The sides:

Now comes the easy bit.   Simply keeping making dc stitches with no increases into each stitch until the sides reach the height you want. Once you get there, make a slip stitch and fast off.  Weave in the ends, et voila!  You have a basket! (Or two or three)