I have been wanting to make a basket for soooo long!
But the problem was, how do you keep a basket from caving in on itself???
How it came about?
I started brainstorming one day and came up with plastic mesh.
You see when I was in high school, I didn’t carry a backpack.
I carried a large Vera Bradley bag.
If you’ve had one, then you know they come with cardboard to keep the bottom flat.
Well one day, I spilled a drink in the bottom and well you can probably guess what cardboard and liquid do.
Soooo we had to come up with an alternative.
So we used plastic mesh lining.
So I wanted to use the same method.
But the problem was, once I put the mesh lining in, you could still see the plastic mesh.
That just wasn’t going to be acceptable to me.
So I but the basket idea aside.
I was bored one day, scrolling through Pinterest (I’m sure you can relate) when I found Rebecca’s basket, and it was standing up sooo straight.
So I checked it out, and sure enough she was using the plastic mesh lining.
Buuuuut being the genus she is, she thought to continue adding crocheting and fold the top part inside the basket, so the mesh wouldn’t show!
The thing is, she thought of everything, she even added this edge along the top to give it a very nice finished edge. 🙂
Can we all say thank you to Rebecca for saving the day?!?!
Don’t know how to crochet, but want to make this?
I’ve made this mini F-R-E-E course to learn how to crochet with you in mind.
Looking for a PDF pattern?
I know ya sometimes want a PDF of the pattern.
Well the great news is, I’ve got it just for you!
My PDF patterns have a nice clean cut look to them, that I personally test out on my iPad to make sure it all works and appears right.
These PDFs don’t have lots of white space as I use double columns instead of more pages.
They also have large font to read easily, and since they are made to be accommodating for iPad/tablets, you can also zoom in on them too.
But I wanted to take it a step further, and have loads of extra visuals at the end to help ya out.
Plus, here is a set of WIP Hook Makers for ya, so your work doesn’t unravel on your break.
Want the PDF?
I’ve made the time just for you, to make a special PDF of the Reef Crochet Basket Pattern 1.0!
Because you deserve it and this pattern is even nicer and more organized than the print friendly PDF!
You could say it’s absolutely perfect for your tablet or iPad (I’ve tested it!).
Get your copy from my shop.
Reef Crochet Basket Pattern 1.0
American Crochet Terms
*These are my finished measurements. If yours don’t fit within these measurements, please check your gauge.
K-10.5 (6.5mm) Crochet Hook
Bernat, Maker Home Dec, #5 Chunky Weight Yarn approximately 390 yards (I used Steel Blue color yarn.)
Stitch Markers (Here)
Large Blunt Tip Tapestry Needle (Here)
Measuring Tape (if wanted – Here)
12” x 18” Mesh Board
Button (Optional – Here)
Thread (Optional – for button)
WIP Hook Marker (Optional – Here)
10 SC x 14 rows is 4”
*Please change the hook size to obtain the gauge.
You can find all the tutorials needed to make this pattern here.
ST/STS = Stitch/Stitches
CH = Chain
SLST = Slip Stitch
Sk = Skip
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
3rdLoop ST = 3rdLoop Stitch
* * = repeat * to *
MC = Magic Circle
SM = Stitch Marker
3rd Loop Stitch: Make the stitch desired as usual. But instead of going through both loops on top of the previous round, go through the back bump of the previous rounds half double crochet aka the 3rd loop.
- This pattern is worked in the round. Don’t join unless instructed.
Starting with Blue Steel color yarn,
Magic circle, CH1
Round 1:6SC in MC. Place ST in first ST and move with each round. (6 STS)
Round 2:2SC in each ST around. (12 STS)
Round 3:*2SC in next ST, SC in next ST* (18 STS)
Round 4:SC in next ST. *2SC in next ST, SC in next 2 STS* 4 more times. 2SC in next ST. SC in next ST. (24 STS)
Round 5:*2SC in next ST, SC in next 3 STS* (30 STS)
Round 6:SC in next ST. *2SC in next ST, SC in next 4 STS* 4 more times. 2SC in next ST. SC in next 3 STS. (36 STS)
Round 7:*2SC in next ST, SC in next 5 STS* (42 STS)
Round 8:SC in next ST. *2SC in next ST, SC in next 6 STS* 4 more times. 2SC in next ST. SC in next 5 STS. (48 STS)
Round 9:*2SC in next ST, SC in next 7 STS* (54 STS)
Round 10:SC in next ST. *2SC in next ST, SC in next 8 STS* 4 more times. 2SC in next ST. SC in next 7 STS. (60 STS)
Round 11:*2SC in next ST, SC in next 9 STS* (66 STS)
Round 12:SC in next ST. *2SC in next ST, SC in next 10 STS* 4 more times. 2SC in next ST. SC in next 9 STS. (72 STS)
Rounds 13-26:SC in each ST around. (72 STS)
Round 27:HDC in each ST around. (72 STS)
Round 28:SC 3rd Loop in each ST around. (72 STS)
Rounds 29-46:SC in each ST around. (72 STS)
Round 47:SC in next 71 STS. SLST in last ST. (72 STS)
Cut yarn. Fasten off. Weave ends.
Mesh Board Lining
Step 1: Find mesh board, I found mine at Walmart in the yarn aisle. They had a few different sizes, I grabbed 12” x 18”.
Step 2:Take one piece and measure the mesh board length, by measuring it to be on the top part of the 3rd Loop Stitch.
Step 3:Take one piece and cut in half. You can add more pieces if you’d like to make it more firm.
Step 4:Overlap the 2 pieces of mesh board to form a circle. Insert the circle you just formed into the basket. (Your inside lining should be pulled up.)
Step 5:Pull your inside lining down over the mesh board.
I did add a button to the front to hold my stitch marker keychain.
This is completely optional.
This uses the button and thread in the materials list.
Plus, if you are wanting;
you could always stitch the side to the bottom,
to keep the mesh lining together better.
I think this basket would be fabulous to store yarn and all your fiber tools!
OR maybe even use it to keep your WIPs in their own lil spot, so they don’t get tangle up with each other!!
I decided to add a cute little button (you can find them in the shop riiiight here),
so that I could hook on my stitch marker keychain!
Get yourself a look inside the basket.
As you can see, this basket uses Rebecca’s method adding a mesh lining to keep the basket up right!
As you can see a nice smooth increase happening here.
Who doesn’t LOVE a smooth increase?!?!
Or better yet, who does???
Let me know if you prefer this way in the comments below!
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