Aug 25, 2019
Hanging Crochet Basket
One of the powers of being a crocheter is that if we needed something we can create it. I needed a basket for my small cotton yarn skeins. A hanging sack basket is a perfect solution. You don't need to figure out what shelves to place it. Just drill a simple hook, in my case, a corner wall in my closet yarn room.
This hanging sack basket is also great for small toys or plush toys.
This is a very easy crochet pattern. It's just a basic single crochet stitch and ONE skein of yarn!!!
To make our basket nice and thick, I used Caron Chunky Cake - Juicy Chews. I wanted a basket that POP! Nice colorful stripe pattern -- and you don't have to switch yarn for it! Caron Chunky Cake is perfect. If you want a plain solid color, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, Loops & Threads Charisma.
CROCHET HOOK: N15 - 10.0mm
- darning needle (to weave ends)
- 14" H x 14" W
1. Start with 5 chain and form a ring. Do 7 sc.
Here's a trick I wanna share with you. (I learned this trick from Carolyn at pinkmambo.com.) This is the method she uses to mark the ends of each round on continuous circles. I don't like seams so every time I crochet circles, I do it continuously. I also learned from her that its always good to start your ring with 7 sc in the first round. So I've been doing that ever since.
After you do the 7 sc, grab a long strand of contrasting yarn (here I got a white yarn) and lay it across the ring so that it falls after the last stitch. Then we can start working on the next row.
2. 2 sc in each stitches (14)
After the last stitch, flip the white yarn back.
3. 2 sc in the next stitches , sc in the next stitch Repeat. (21)
After the last stitch, flip the white yarn to the front.
So the drill is that you are pretty much flipping the white yarn back and forth every end of each row. That's your marker. Best way to know that you are about to go to the next row. As long as the white yarn is straight, you good with your count.
If you follow the traditional way of crocheting circles, the shape ends up octagon-y. To crochet a perfect shaped circle, don't place the increases on top of the increase from the previous round. So we're going to stagger our increases by starting the new round in different counts but still end up with the right number of stitches. If you're count is wrong, your circle is going to curl up. That is why the white yarn method will help us a lot.
4. sc in the next 2 stitches , 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (28) flip yarn
5. sc in the next 2 stitches, (2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches) repeat, sc on the last stitch. (35) flip yarn
6. sc in the 3 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch, (sc in the 4 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch) repeat, sc on the last stitch. (42) flip yarn
7. sc in the next 5 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch. repeat (49) flip yarn
8. sc in the next 3 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch, (sc in the next 6 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch) repeat finishing the row with sc in the last 3 stitches (56) flip yarn
9. sc in the next 7 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch, repeat (63) flip yarn
10. sc in the next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch, (sc in the next 8 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch) repeat, finishing the row with sc in the last 4 stitches. (70) flip yarn
We are done with our base and we're ready to do the sides. If you want a bigger basket, just add more rows with increases. Keep the white yarn flipping method all the way till the end of this project because we're still going to do some increasing and decreasing to form the "sack" shape.
11 - 12. sc in each stitches (70) flip yarn
13. sc in the next 22 stitches, increase (2 sc in one stitch), sc in the next 23 stitches, increase, sc in the next 22 stitches, increase (73)
14 - 23. sc in each stitches (73) flip yarn
We're goin to start decreasing. I'm going to show you a decreasing technique mostly use in amigurumi patterns. It's called "Invisible Decrease". The traditional decrease technique (inserting the hook in both loops) leaves a hole or gap and that stands out and gets pretty annoying to see. This amigurumi technique leaves no holes at all. As a matter of fact, you can't tell that there's a decrease.
The "invisible Decrease" is done by inserting the hook under the front loops of the next 2 stitches.
24. sc in the next 22 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 23 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 22 stitches, decrease (70) flip yarn
25 - 27. sc in each stitches. (70) flip yarn
28. sc in the next 21 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 22 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 21 stitches, decrease. (67) flip yarn
29 - 30. sc in each stitches. (67). flip yarn
31. sc in the next 20 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 21 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 20 stitches, decrease. (64) flip yarn
32 - 33. sc in each stitches. (64) flip yarn
34. sc in the next 19 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 20 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 19 stitches, decrease. (61) flip yarn
35. sc in each stitches. (61). flip yarn
36. sc in the next 18 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 19 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 18 stitches, decrease. (58). flip yarn
37. sc in the next 17 stitches , decrease, sc in the next 18 stitches, decrease, sc in the next 17 stitches, decrease. (55) flip yarn
38. sc on the next 52 stitches. Make 16 chain. Skip 6 stitches (3 stitches from the last row and 3 stitches of the next row)
39. With the chain, attached it to the 4th stitch of the new row with a sc. Then sc on each stitches until you reach the chain handle.
40. Make a single crochet over the chain. Put the hook under the chain, wrap the yarn over the hook and yarn over. Make 18 sc over the chain. Continue the sc on each stitches till you reach the handle.
Continue the sc over the handle till you reach the end.
And for the final step... finishing off the basket. If you finish it off with a slip knot, there will be a un-even look and it's not pretty. We want a smooth finish where you can't tell the end. I made a very quick video of how to finish off your basket. This method is also great for finishing off crochet beanies and crochet bags.
When I said at the beginning that this is a one skein project. I wasn't kidding. This is what's left of my Caron Chunky Cake. I can't say the same thing with a regular skein such as Loops & Threads or the Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. You might need at least 2 skeins of those.
I hope you're able to follow this pattern easily. It's a very easy project. This hanging basket is perfect for pretty much anything.... yarn, toys, craft, laundry room stuff, loofas, toilet paper rolls, paper towel tools, etc, etc, etc.
Feel free to contact me if you have any question or any issues with this pattern.
Thank you so much!
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