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Welcome to Week 3!
This week we will be working these cute Woodland Baskets which have so many uses. Make a set and hang them on the wall to catch keys, notes or anything else you might need at easy reach as you walk out the door. Make a set for the bathroom to hold supplies like cotton balls, cotton swabs, guest soaps and more. In the kitchen they work great to hold things like tea bags, garlic heads, small onions or fruits. In the craft room….. well, you get the idea, they are super useful in many different rooms!
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The Woodland Basket is available in two sizes and styles. The smaller one stands at approximately 4″ tall and 18″ in circumference and the larger is about 6″ tall with the same circumference. They can both be made as standing baskets or hanging baskets. The basket is tapered at the top and bottom and has a rounded center that looks like a pot belly, so I thought I’d show you a fun holiday twist on the larger basket and made it into a Santa basket with a belt and fur top, cute right?
I added the embroider lettering with some inspiring words. I simply used straight stitches to add my letters but you could also use cross stitches. I’ve provided the templates at the end of the pattern in case you want to do the same.
This basket is a sturdy basket that keeps its shape. I achieved this with a combination of techniques. First, I used a chunky weight yarn with a smaller hook so that I could get a tight stitch, and then I designed the bag with a two round repeat… one round is slip stitch and the next is single crochet worked over (to encase) the slip stitches. While this is a bit more work, it creates a nice rounded, cord-like round that is strong and won’t collapse on itself.
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Thank you to our sponsor Red Heart Yarns, for providing the yarn for this project. I used Red Heart Super Saver Chunky which is available in 19 beautiful colors. This yarn is enjoyable to work with and produces a thick fabric. It is an easy care #5 bulky yarn – I liked it! If you like, you could use two strands of worsted weight together too. The sizing will be slightly different, but for a basket that’s not too much of a concern.
For the Santa basket you will also need some black and gold yarn for the belt, I used super saver, and some fur for the top. I like Red Heart Fur. It’s a #7 bulky, comes in 14 colors and is fluffy!
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Hanging Basket = 4” tall x 18” around center
Santa Basket = 6” tall x 18” around center
- Made with #5 bulky weight yarn, I used Red Heart Super Saver Chunky, 173 yards per skein. One skein makes approximately 2 baskets.
- For the Santa Basket you will also need:
- Hook US H/5.00 mm + a hook a couple of sizes larger for the Fur
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry Needle
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Gauge: Not critical for this project but I got approximately 12 sts x 12 rows = 4” in body stitch pattern.
Abbreviations (US Terms):
BLO = back loop only
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
- Weave ends as you work.
- Stitch count is in ( ) at the end of the Round/Row.
These baskets are fun to make, sturdy and very useful. The instructions include two versions of the top edge: the first is a playful standing basket (Santa Basket), the second is intended to be hung by the built-in loop.
I used #5 bulky weight acrylic yarn with a smaller hook (5.00 mm) combined with alternating slip stitch and sc rounds to achieve a dense, tight weave. In addition, I worked the sides in a two round combo whereby one round is slip stitches and the next round is worked over the slip stitches (encasing them in the single crochet). These techniques, make for a very strong basket that keeps its shape and stands on its own. You could use other types of yarn, such as cotton or wool but I found that the acrylic gave me the stand-alone body I was looking for.
I worked the basket in a spiral, but if you prefer to join each round, you may do that, just be sure to chain 1 before working the single crochet rounds.
- Worked in continuous rounds, do not join unless noted.
- Mark first st of each round to keep count.
Round 1: Ch4, sl st to first ch to form circle, ch1, work 8sc in center of circle. (8)
Round 2: Work 2sc in each st to end. (16)
Round 3: [2sc in next st, sc in next 1 st], repeat between [ ] to end. (24)
Round 4: [2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts], repeat between [ ] to end. (32)
Round 5: [2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts], repeat between [ ] to end, sl st into next st. (40)
Round 6: Ch1, sc in each st to end, join. (40)
Round 7: Working in Back Loop Only, sl st in each st to end, join. (40)
Round 8: Ch1, working over sts made in Round 7, sc in each st to end (you will be working into the back loop of the sts in Round 6 and the front loop will still show). (40)
Round 9: Working in Both Loops, sl st in each st to end. (40)
Round 10: Working over sl sts made in previous round, [2sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts], repeat between [ ] to end. (48)
Round 11: Repeat Round 9. (48)
Round 12: Working over sl sts made in previous round, sc in each st to end. (48)
Round 13: Repeat Round 9. (48)
Round 14: Working over sl sts made in previous round, [2sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts], repeat between [ ] to end. (56)
Round 15: Repeat Round 9. (56)
Round 16: Working over sl sts made in previous round, sc in each st to end. (56)
Round 17 to 24: Repeat Rounds 15 and 16. (56)
Round 25: Repeat Round 9. (56)
Round 26: Working over sl sts made in previous round, [sc2tog, sc next 5 sts], repeat between [ ] to end. (48)
Round 27: Repeat Round 9. (48)
Round 28: Repeat Round 16. (48)
Rounds 29 and 30: Repeat Rounds 27 and 28. (48)
For Hanging Basket ONLY
Round 31: Ch7, skip 2 sts, sl st in next st, [skip 1 st, sc in next st, working over last sc made sc in last skipped st (this forms a crossed sc)], repeat between [ ] to end, join to first ch of beginning ch7.
Round 32: Ch1, work 8 sc in ch7 space, working in scs of Round 31, sl st in each sc to end, join to first sc. Fasten off.
For Santa Basket ONLY
Round 31: Fasten off basket yarn and weave ends. Working from the inside of the basket, join Fur in any sc, [sc in next st, skip 1], repeat between [ ] to end, join. Fasten off.
Tip: The fur yarn can be difficult to work with, I would suggest going up a couple of hook sizes and be sure to keep the tension even.
Belt Row 1: With black yarn, ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch. (4)
Belt Row 2: Turn (do not chain), sc in each st. (4)
Repeat Row 2 until belt measures just long enough to have the ends meet around the “belly”. Do not fasten off.
Belt Row 3: Join gold yarn, ch1, turn, sc in each st to end. (4)
Belt Row 4: Repeat Row 3. (4)
Belt Rows 5 and 6: Ch1, turn, sc first st with gold, sc 2nd and 3rd st with black, sc last st in gold. (4)
Belt Row 7: Repeat Row 3 in gold. (4)
Belt Row 8: With black, sc in each st to end. Fasten off.
Belt Assembly: Put belt around basket and overlap ends of belt to fit over “belly”. With tapestry needle, slip stitch the belt closed. You may want to tack it in place in a couple of spots to keep it secure.
With a contrasting color, embroider letters or small graphics using the single crochets as a graph. You may work the letters in crossed stitches or simple straight lines as I did.
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