Minus Zero temperatures kept me inside for the last couple of days and I started to develop cabin fever.
While standing in my kitchen making a sandwich I became annoyed by the rubber bands that never seemed to stay put in my kitchen drawer. Inspiration struck and I realized I could make a crochet basket to fit perfectly in the drawer. Before I knew it I had out a ball of cotton yarn and was crocheting at the kitchen counter. The basket serves its intended purpose with style and I am quite happy.
I’ve written out the instructions in case you’d like to try making a small crochet basket to stave off the winter blues.
Little basket for rubber bands
pattern by Kathy Kelly
Finished size about 2.25” diameter, 2.5” tall
Materials: about 20 grams worsted weight cotton yarn
such as Sugar ‘n Cream or Peaches & Creme
G (4.00 mm) hook
Abbreviations (U.S. Terminology used)
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
rnd = round
ch = chain
rsc = reverse single crochet
For the reverse single crochet you will work from left to right. Draw a C shape with the tip of your hook, moving your hook down and over to the next stitch to the right of where your last stitch was. Insert your hook from front to back into that next stitch, yarn over and pull though stitch (2 loops on hook), yarn over again and pull through 2 loops. Reverse single crochet made. If you need more help here is a link to a video, by “learn to crochet now”, on how to do the reverse single crochet stitch.
A video link for making a magic loop is here
You will be working in a spiral. Do not join at end of rounds. Mark the first stitch in the round with a stitch marker and move it up to the first stitch of each round worked.
make a magic loop (or ch 4 and join with sl st)
Rnd 1: make 6 sc in loop, mark first sc made with a stitch marker
Rnd 2: make 2 sc in each sc of previous round (12 sc)
Rnd 3: make (2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc) repeat around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: make (2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc) repeat around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: make (2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc) repeat around (30 sc)
Rnds 6-13: make one sc in each sc of previous round keeping 30 sc in each round.
Rnd 14: sl st in first sc of previous rnd. Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around. (30 rsc)
sl st to first stitch and bind off
© 2014 Kathy Kelly For personal use only, do not copy or distribute
Adding a photo of the basket in the drawer…
This is a shawl I recently completed. The pattern is Blue Lagoon by Lily Go and can be purchased on the link above from Ravelry. A shout out to Angela of Fleur de Fiber for dying the beautiful solid blue yarn on her Asbury base to go with the variegated yarn on this shawl. For more project details see my Ravelry project page.