How to Crochet a Round Basket From Gardening Twine
Crocheted Basket Made From Gardening Twine
Made From Three Easy Stitches
You simply use three common crochet stitches to form your basket.
A Jute Basket You Can Make in Record Time
If you like baskets, why not make your own? You can quickly make a round crocheted basket in hour or two out of common gardening twine.
I've long been intrigued at the thought of making crocheted bowls and baskets and sure enough, there are lots of patterns available for these items. YouTube has some great video tutorials, which not only walk you through the process but can be invaluable when you are trying to decide on a look for a basket and what materials to use. What you use makes a huge difference to the texture of your basket and how it turns out, but fortunately, no matter what you decide on, in most cases you can use crochet to fashion an attractive-looking basket.
Crocheting is one of the easiest methods to use to create a basket and it's an excellent method of "coiling." And all without having to master complicated weaving techniques or having to work with multiple pieces of raw material or having to cut out strips and sew them before starting and then having to sew each round to the row underneath. That has always seemed too convoluted to me. A crochet hook facilitates the joining of each round. You don't need a loom, you don't need a frame, you don't need a sewing machine. You pick up your hook and you are ready to go. Nothing could be easier.
Additionally, because you can buy your twine, this also makes the process that much easier. There's no preparation of materials ahead of time, so "fast and easy" is the name of the game.
If you've always wanted to make a basket, grab some jute twine in the color of your choice and a crochet hook and let's get started.
The single crochet is a tight, sturdy stitch, which serves well for adding overall "denseness" to this basket.
A Word About This Basket
For this particular basket, jute is used instead of yarn. Jute is a bit stiffer so it lends that quality to the basket. It also resembles wicker somewhat, so if you want a natural-looking basket made from natural fibers, this may suit very well.
Because of its texture, jute creates a realistic, slightly fuzzy, rougher basket. If you are a fan of baskets made from plant materials or of wicker, gardening twine is a good choice and it's far easier to source your materials.
The next time you are at your local hardware store, grab a couple of skeins of green or beige jute twine. You'll need a size 3-5 crochet hook. Adjust your hook size depending on the thickness of the twine and depending on whether you work loose or tight.
- 2-3 skeins of jute garden twine, 140'/43m, 3-ply
- Number 4 hook
Stitches Used in This Basket
Simple stitches are all that is needed:
- chain stitch
- slip stitch
- single crochet
Forming Basket Bottom
How to Start This Basket
This basket is started with a beginning loop. The loop allows for your first round of stitches. After the first round is completed, you pull the tail to tighten the center ring or hole.
You'll find your basket bottom works up quickly.
Row 1: Form a loop and work 8 sc in loop, ss to join
Row 2: Work 2 sc in each st (16 stitches), ss to join
Row 3: 2 sc in each st (32 stitches), ss to join
Row 4: 1 sc in each st, ss to join
Row 5: 1 sc in each st, ss to join
Row 6: 2 sc in each st, ss to join
Row 7-10: 1 sc in each st, ss to join
Starting Basket Side
Forming Seam Around Bottom Edge
Row 11: Sc in front of each st; ss to join, ch 1, turn. This row forms the outside edge for the bottom of the basket and creates a nice-looking seam.
Want a Larger Basket?
For a larger basket, a third skein of twine can be used and more rounds worked. Twine can also be purchased in larger skeins.
Forming Your Basket Sides
Rows 12-17: Sc in each st.
Ss and fasten off. This uses up the second roll of twine.
Roll basket edge outward.
Crocheted Basket Tips
- Select hook size depending on the thickness of jute.
- Pull a strand of twine through first stitch to mark where each row begins or use a stitch marker. Because of the fuzzy look of jute, it can be hard to determine the actual first stitch.
- Crochet in first stitch for each round (some patterns call for a ch 1 before proceeding with each row but this leaves a visible loop/gap in the joining span.
- When attaching the new skein, the new strands should be woven in at the joining area. Twine can vary in color and dye lot and joining it at the seam will make for a better blending of colors.
- Carry the extra two strands from the first and second skein at the back of the work and make sure to crochet them in, working around them as the row is worked.
Caution: Blister Alert
Jute fiber is rougher than yarn so caution is necessary to guard against blisters. While a smaller basket can be made in one sitting, if you are making a larger basket, it might be better to do it in a couple of sessions. If you push the envelope you may end up with a blister.
Prettying Up Your Basket
It's always fun to add creativity into the mix and because this basket is so simple to make, you may decide to add decorative elements.
- Beads: Large wooden beads can be added to your basket. How to add them? Before starting work, slip beads onto your twine. It might not hurt to add extra beads because as you work your rounds, you might decide to incorporate more beads. When you come to an area where you want to add a bead, slide it along your jute strand and work it into your design. When you've finished your basket, you can easily remove any leftover beads from the end of your twine strand.
- Feathers: Feathers can add to the look of a basket. These could be attached to the outside with fabric glue.
- Fancy Stitches: Why not add a favorite crochet stitch into a round or two of your basket to create interesting texture.
- Scalloped Edging: If you are making a smaller basket and choose to not to fold over the lip, a scalloped edge can help to finish your basket.
If you plan on making a number of baskets, I would recommend purchasing larger skeins of twine. The smaller skeins, such as you find at a hardware store, are more expensive, and if you have to buy a number of them to complete a project, this adds up.
Finished Basket With Rolled Edge
I opted to roll the edge of this basket. It looked better and also helped to add stiffness. I added potpourri and this made a great container for it.
All Done and Ready to Fill
What do You Think of My Crocheted Basket?
These two videos should give you feel for working with jute twine. It is really not that much different from using regular yarn, just stiffer and a bit scratchier.
This Video Demonstrates How a Basket Takes Shape
Ready to Make Your Own Basket?
Crocheted jute baskets make functional and attractive décor items for the home and better still, when you crochet them, whipping up a basket is as easy as a crochet hook and some colored twine.
© 2012 Athlyn Green