Thursday, July 23, 2015

Monthly Inspiration - Miniature Basket

With August coming near I was inspired to create a miniature picnic basket ... thinking how soon it will be the last days for a picnic in the climate I live in.


This cute, little basket is created with thread, it is made in layers and uses plastic canvas (or cardboard) to help keep it's shape.. I have labelled it for advanced crocheter's, but this post includes slideshow presentations to help guide you along the way. So if you don't consider yourself advanced, push your skills and give it a try!!! If you want to skip this post and all that goes with it, just scroll down to the bottom where you will find a PDF file of this pattern to download or print; you can always bookmark this page and come back to it if you need to take a look at the photo presentations.







Before we begin creating our basket, just a reminder that this pattern is sole property of EverydayWomanCrochet designs by Sheri K. Please do not recreate this pattern in anyway, but please direct people to this site so they can create their own mini basket. And, oh yeah, feel free to sell the finished product you make.







FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

Height (without handles): 4 inches

Height (with handles): 7.5 inches

Each side measures 5 inches across.




  • Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 Crochet thread
    • 1 ball #226/Natural
    • small amount #494/Victory Red
    • small amount #001/White
    • small amount #661/Frosty Green



  • Crochet hook size D/3-3.25mm

  • 7 Count Mesh Plastic Canvas (or cardboard)

  • (4) buttons (optional)

  • Needle


GAUGE:


7 single crochets X 9 single crochet rows = 1 inch square.


STITCHES USED / ABBREVIATIONS:
Hook = hk
Loop(s) = lp(s)
Stitch(es) = st(s)
Space(s) = sp(s)
Yarn over = yo
Skip = sk
Chain = ch
Slip stitch = sl st
single crochet = sc
half double crochet = hdc
double crochet = dc
front post double crochet = fpdc
back post double crochet = bpdc
 
PATTERN NOTES:
Join with slip stitch unless otherwise indicated.
 
Chain-1 at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.
 
Chain-2 at beginning of rows counts as a half double crochet.
 
Chain-3 at beginning of rows counts as a double crochet.
 
When changing colors, change to new color on the last pull through of the last stitch made with color being worked.
 
Prepare plastic canvas: cut (5) sections of plastic canvas that is 25 x 25 of the mesh squares (or 3 1/4 inch square of cardboard) - 1 for the bottom and 4 for the sides; cut (2) sections of plastic canvas that are 5 mesh squares x 75 mesh squares (or 3/4 inches wide by 11 1/4 inches long of cardboard) - for the handles.

Cut 5 of these!
Cut 2 of these!

 
Each section of the basket is created with two layers, using the plastic canvas (or cardboard) in between the layers to create a more solid basket.


PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:

 

BOTTOM:

1ST LAYER:

With natural, ch 31

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each of next 29 chs, turn.

Rows 2 - 28: Ch 1, sc in each of next 30 sc, turn.

Edging Rnd: (work all the way around the bottom utilizing the sc's worked on the last row, working around the ends of the rows on the sides and working in the unused lps on the beg ch.) Ch 1, [3 sc in next st, sc in each of next 28 sts, 3 sc in next st; work 28 sc evenly along ends of rows] twice, join to 1st sc.

Fasten off.

2ND LAYER:

 Repeat instructions from beg ch 31 to edging rnd, Do NOT fasten off.

ASSEMBLING THE BOTTOM:

 Line up the sc's on the edging rnds of the two layers just made, work through BOTH edging rnds at the same time to join together as you work: Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, 3 sc in next sc, [sc in each of next 30 sc, 3 sc in next sc] 3 times, insert one of the square sections of plastic canvas in between the two layers that you are joining together; sc in each of next 29 sc, join to 1st sc.

Fasten off.
Set aside.


1ST SIDE:
1ST LAYER:
With natural, ch 31.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each of next 29 chs, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, (sk 1st sc) dc in each of next 29 sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, [fpdc in each of next 2 dc, bpdc in each of next 2 dc] 7 times, hdc in last st, turn.
Row 4: Ch 2, [bpdc in each of next 2 dc, fpdc in each of next 2 dc] 7 times, hdc in last st, turn.
Rows 5 - 14: [Consecutively repeat rows 3 and 4] 5 times.
Row 15: Ch 1, sc in 1st st and in each of next 29 sts, turn.
Edging Rnd: (work all the way around the bottom utilizing the sc's worked on the last row, working around the ends of the rows on the sides and working in the unused lps on the beg ch.) Ch 1, [3 sc in next st, sc in each of next 28 sts, 3 sc in next st; work 1 sc around the end of the next (sc) row, work 2 sc around the end of each of next 13 rows, work 1 sc around the end of the next row] twice, join to 1st sc.
Fasten off.
2ND LAYER:
Repeat pattern instructions for 1st Layer, DO NOT fasten of after Edging rnd joining.
ASSEMBLING THE SIDE:
Line up the sc's on the edging rnds of the two layers just made, work through BOTH edging rnds at the same time to join together as you work: Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, 3 sc in next sc, [sc in each of next 30 sc, 3 sc in next sc] 3 times, insert one of the square sections of plastic canvas in between the two layers that you are joining together; sc in each of next 29 sc, join to 1st sc.
DO NOT fasten off.
JOINING THE SIDE TO THE BOTTOM:
Sl st in next sc on side, line up the next sc on the side's edging rnd with a corner sc on the bottom (a center sc on one of the 3 sc groupings), working through the sc's on BOTH the side and the bottom to join together, sc in each of next 34 sc.
Fasten off.


2ND through 4TH SIDES:
Repeat pattern instructions for the 1st Side for each of the remaining 3 sides of the basket.
When joining the sides to the bottom the corner sc's worked in on the bottom will be shared with the previous side joined.
 
JOINING THE SIDES TOGETHER:
For each side: Lift the sides so that the edging rnds on each side that are next to each line up; join natural thread through BOTH sides in the adjacent center sc of the 3 sc grouping that was worked in to join the sides to the bottom;
Ch 1, sc in same sc's as joining,  continue working through BOTH sides at the same time to join together, sc in each of next 33 sc.
Fasten off.
Work in ends.


HANDLES (Make 2):
1ST LAYER:
With red, ch 5.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each of next 3 chs, turn.
Rows 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc switching to white on the last sc worked, turn. Fasten off red.


Before we move on to the remainder of the handle pattern, let's look at a few different options for what to do with the dropped color:



Rows 5 - 7: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc switching to red on last sc worked, turn. Fasten off white.
Rows 9 - 11: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc, turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc switching to white on last sc worked, turn. Fasten off red.
Rows 13 - 16: [Consecutively repeat rows 5 - 12] 6 times.



Edging Rnd: Ch 1,  (work all the way around the 1st layer utilizing the sc's worked on the last row, working around the ends of the rows on the sides and working in the unused lps on the beg ch.) Ch 1, [3 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st; work 1 sc around the end of each of next 60 rows] twice, join to 1st sc.




2ND LAYER:
Repeat pattern instructions for 1st Layer.
ASSEMBLING THE HANDLE:
Hold both layers together, lining up the sc's on the edging rnd and working through BOTH layers to join together.
Join frosty green thread through the joining sc, ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, *3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc, 3 sc in next sc**, sc in each of next 62 sc, repeat from * to ** once; insert plastic canvas strip in between the 2 layers; sc in each of next 61 sc, join to first sc.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Sew handle to desired position on the basket using buttons (optional) as an added decoration.

And your basket is complete!

As promised, here is the no-photo PDF version of the basket:




If you liked this pattern, and are interested in trying out something a little different, check out my "Last Day for a Picnic Keyhole Scarf Pattern that I offer for sale. Click the photos below to be redirected for pattern and ordering information.

http://crochetedmonthlyinspirations.blogspot.ca/2015/06/august-inspirations-last-day-for-picnic.html
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