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How to Crochet a Round Basket From Gardening Twine

Athlyn Green is an avid crocheter and knitter. She designs and sells handcrafted goods.

This is a crocheted basket made from gardening twine.

This is a crocheted basket made from gardening twine.

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 an 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 ultimately turns out, but fortunately, no matter what material 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 work with multiple pieces of raw material or cut out strips and sew them before starting and then have 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 work into the row underneath and you are good to go. Nothing could be easier.

If you've always wanted to make a basket, grab some jute twine in your preferred color and a crochet hook and let's get started.

A Word About Jute Twine

Jute is a bit stiffer than yarn 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 you 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 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 balls of green or beige jute twine. Adjust your hook size depending on the thickness of the twine and depending on whether you work loose or tight.

  • two to three skeins of jute garden twine, 140'/43m, 3-ply
  • Number 4 hook

Three Stitches You'll Use

  1. chain stitch
  2. slip stitch
  3. single crochet

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.

First rows of basket bottom worked in single crochet

First rows of basket bottom worked in single crochet

Basket Bottom

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

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 that helps to lend definition to your basket.

In this picture, the basket bottom is done and the sides are started.

In this picture, the basket bottom is done and the sides are started.

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.

Want a Taller Basket?

For a taller basket, a third skein of twine can be used and more rounds worked. Twine can also be purchased in larger skeins.

Basket-Making Tips

  • Select hook size depending on the thickness of jute.
  • Pull a strand of twine through the 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 the 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 and hide any discrepancies.
  • 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.

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? 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 or sewn on.
  • Fancy Stitches: A favorite crochet stitch can be incorporated into a round or two of your basket to create an interesting look.
  • Scalloped Edging: If you are making a smaller basket and choose not to fold over the lip, a scalloped edge can help to finish your basket.
The basket is done, the edge is rolled, and it is now ready for filling.

The basket is done, the edge is rolled, and it is now ready for filling.

Rolled Edge

I opted to roll the edge of this basket. It looked better and also helped to add stiffness.

The basket is all done and ready to fill.

The basket is all done and ready to fill.

Uses for Your Basket

These baskets make interesting-looking containers for fruit, potpourri, decorative soaps, or rolled washcloths.

These two videos should give you a feel for working with jute twine. It is really not that much different from using regular yarn, just stiffer and a bit scratchier.

Functional and Attractive Décor Items

If you've always wanted to try your hand at making a basket, this tutorial will help you to do so.

© 2012 Athlyn Green


Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on October 16, 2012:

Hi Dolorus,

I actually made a round rug and put roses on it, then added a fringe. I was very pleased with the final result. I used a rose pattern from the graph in a Magic Crochet book and cross-stitched the roses on the rug.

To answer your question, you could easily make a place mat using twine. As well, you could make a round heat pad, for hot pots.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 16, 2012:

Although I don't crochet, I had to check this one out. It's lovely! What a great idea. Voted up and tweeted! I am wondering if you could make a round place mat this way, without the high edges.

Francesca27 from Hub Page on September 18, 2012:

Very clever! Will try to make one with your instructions. Thanks.

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on August 17, 2012:

Hi Moonlake,

These baskets only require three easy beginner crochet stitches. Keep checking because I'll soon be posting a Hub detailing crochet stitches with instructions on how to execute them.

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on August 17, 2012:

Hi Billy, I had a male cousin who used to knit beautiful sweaters. I think the time is coming when more men will get into crocheting. So many practical items can be made, from blankets to sweaters to hats to socks and so on, that the modern male on a budget may find that making his own stuff is a good undertaking.

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on August 17, 2012:

Hi Susan,

These are so easy to make. I'm seriously hooked! Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2012:

I love this idea of crocheting baskets. You've given me some great Christmas gift ideas. Sharing and voting up. Thanks!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 17, 2012:

I just stopped by to show you some support...obviously I'm not going to crochet.....well-written hub!

moonlake from America on August 17, 2012:

What a cute idea. Looks nice. I don't know if I can remember how to crochet enough to make one. Voted up and shared.