Thursday, 27 February 2014

Chunky crochet: my first basket

Hi everyone. More crochet update from me :) I have been so keen to try out my new Boodles textile yarns so on the day I came back from my crafty shopping, I sat right down to make my first planned "chunky" project: a crocheted storage basket :) This is a proper xxl crochet and I used size 10.0 mm crochet hook on it. It felt so much different to crocheting with a small size hook. Less precision, more bulk. The texture, the hardness, the thickness of the crochet made me feel a bit surprised but nicely surprised. It also feels heavier in your hands when you hold your work while crocheting. And it grows fast!

Here's a storage idea :)

The basket was crocheted with half treble all the way through. The finishing white edging is double crochet. The basket is about 20 cm in diameter, 10 cm in height and 66 cm in circumference. 

I've used about 3/4 of the Boodles spool to make this basket.

My original inspiration was this project: Storage basket from Ros Badger's book: Hook, Yarn and Crochet. I only used a slightly chunkier yarn and a bigger crochet hook than it's recommended in the book.

Due to its "chunkiness" the basket was coming on very fast. I didn't want it to be too high so I deliberately skipped 3 rounds of crochet :) Overall, not bad for the first time, eh? I'm pleased with myself and I'm going to create some more of these baskets.

My cotton Lerke yarn looks so nice when stored this way. But like I said, I need another basket for storing my sewing bits and bobs and another one for some embroidery cotton yarns too! Oh! And I need one for my knitted Easter eggs too! So more baskets coming soon! I'm having fun with this noodle'y yarn! 

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  1. Hi Martha,
    lovely storing basket you made :O) Perfect for your wool!
    Happy weekend to you,

  2. Hi :)
    This was very nice!

    Happy weekend,

  3. Hi, I love your blog, is beauty, I love the colors, I love your crochet, visit my blog too,hugs from Brazil.

  4. Ooooh I LOVE this basket!!! I've seen the offer at Hobbycraft... and noticed there were instructions for a little bag but.... as I don't know anything about crochet, I just sadly walked away :( Your basket is exactly what I'm looking for to put my cross stitch wips..... I REALLY MUST LEARN TO CROCHET :) Congrats, it's really pretty!

  5. A brilliant chunky make Martha, with stunning colours. I love it when crochet grows quickly.
    Looking forward to seeing your other makes.

  6. Love your basket and you have reminded me that I bought 3 balls of that chunky yarn from Hobbycraft last year but haven't had the courage to have a go yet- thanks for the inspiration x

  7. I LOVE this basket! So pretty and practical.


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