It has now been several months since my last post…. very guilty about that but I can assure you my posts will be more consistent from now on. It has been a hectic end to 2015 and a slow start to 2016 as I was unwell. Luckily I am now back to my normal self 🙂
If you have read my About page you’ll know that I’m a crocheter (what is this? I hear you ask. Is this like knitting? My answer is No! See this explanation from Lion Brand), and although I’ve shown some of what I’ve crocheted on my blog (Mandalas for Marinke and Mandalas for Marinke Part II), I’ve never properly written my own pattern to something until now!
The creation of the basket arose from the fact that I now have a loft bed (it’s like a bunk bed except there is no bottom bed – instead, you have some nice empty space for a desk, or whatever you like) and had nowhere to put some things that I’d like close by at night – namely, a box of tissues, my spectacles, and a sleeping mask. So I created this basket to keep those things right next to the bed:
Also, this is my very first try working with twine, and I can say it worked out well.
As you can see I’ve chosen to put it on a wall hook, but you could also use something like a snap hook to attach it to the bed.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the pattern:
Crocheted Twine Loft Bed Basket
5 mm crochet hook
3 ply twine
8 ply wool (I used Patons Totem 8 ply, colour 4334 “Petrol”)
Needle for weaving in ends
Not critical – but see Things to Note about working with wool vs. working with twine
Stitches/ Abbreviations: (American terminology)
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
Things to Note:
Twine can be a little tough to work with, so make sure you rest when your hands get tired! The feel of working with twine also contrasts dramatically with that of working with the wool, so be careful not to loosen when you switch to the rows where you’re working with the wool. Also, don’t be worried if the wool stretches a little – it will still look great.
Working the bottom of the basket:
Using twine, ch 2 and work 6 sc into the second ch from hook. (6 sc)
(Alternatively, use the magic circle method)
From now on, I will be using the spiral method to form the base of the basket. To keep track of when you get to the end of the row, you may wish to put a stitch marker on the first sc of each row. You can also use other methods, such as sl st the last sc of each row to the first, but I find it is more visually pleasing without the effect of the sl st.
Row 1: Work 2 sc in each sc. (12 sc)
Row 2: *Work 1 sc in the first sc and 2 sc in the next sc.* Repeat for the whole round. (18 sc)
Row 3: *Work 1 sc each in the first two sc and 2 sc in the next sc.* Repeat for the whole round. (24 sc)
Row 4: *Work 1 sc each in the first three sc and 2 sc in the next sc.* Repeat for the whole round. (30 sc)
Row 5: Switch to wool. *Work 1 sc each in the first four sc and 2 sc in the next sc.* Repeat for the whole round. (36 sc)
Row 6: *Work 1 sc each in the first five sc and 2 sc in the next sc.* Repeat for the whole round. (42 sc)
Row 7: Switch back to twine. *Work 1 sc each in the first six sc and 2 sc in the next sc.* Repeat for the whole round. (48 sc)
Row 8: *Work 1 sc each in the first seven sc and 2 sc in the next sc.* Repeat for the whole round. (54 sc)
Working the sides of the basket:
Row 9: Work 1 sc in each sc, back loops only.
Rows 10 – 11: Work 1 sc in each sc, under both loops.
Rows 12 – 14: Switch to wool and work as per rows 10 – 11. This will give you the second ring of wool.
Rows 15 – 19: Switch back to twine and works as per rows 10 – 11.
Rows 20 – 22: Work as per rows 12 – 14 and bind off.
Making the handle:
Notice that when you make a row of sc stitches, upside-down Vs are created.
Make a slip knot with the twine and put your hook through any upside-down V in row 19 (the last row of twine before the top ring of wool).
Sl st and ch 20. (The number of ch you make depends on how long you’d like the handle to be)
Put your hook through the upside-down V to the left of the first one and make another sl st.
Then sl st through each ch. (19 sl st)
Once more, put your hook through both of the upside-down Vs you have worked in and make another sl st. Bind off.
Gently turn the basket inside out and weave in ends. For the ones which I used to make the handle, I turned them into a little bow for decoration. When you’re finished, simply turn the basket the right way out and use it to your heart’s content!
I hope you’ve enjoyed making this basket. If you’ve noticed an error or would like to clarify something, please don’t hesitate to write a comment! 🙂 I would love to hear from you.
Also, as this is my first time properly writing a pattern, I would like to add a special note of thanks to this post from Lilla Björn Crochet, which was very helpful.
Please note: pattern and all images in this post should not be reproduced or copied in any way, but I’m happy for you to sell your finished product(s) as long as you credit the designer.