Baskets are such a useful tool to have at in your home, as they make perfect storage units. You can find loads of baskets in home improvement stores and they are made in many shapes and sizes. They can be quite expensive to buy. If you want to save some money or even if you just want make your own baskets, this how to crochet a rope basket lesson will be useful to know. You don’t have to be an expert at crochet but really do need time and patience. Having said that this is another rewarding DIY project.
The resulting basket is rectangular with rounded corners.
You will need:
- Length of rope (mine was 38m in length and 6mm diameter, for a 22x42x17cm basket)
- Stash yarn (I used 310m of Patons 100% cotton 4ply in a cream colourway)
- Size 5.00mm crochet hook (use a metal hook if possible as the work is quite stiff), or larger if your rope is thicker.
Foundation row: Decide what size base you need. Mine was 22 by 42 cm. The difference between the two dimensions (in my case 20cm) is how long a chain you need to make to begin. This was 30 or so chains for me.
Ch 30 (or number required for you desired dimensions) +2, turn
Lay the rope alongside the chain to work with an overlap of a few cm.
Round 1: sc (working over the rope) in 3rd ch from hook. Complete a few more sc and then wriggle the rope forwards to line the end up with the beginning of the row (i.e. get rid of the overlap). Sc to the final ch, 5 more sc in final ch (turning the rope around the “corner” and rotating work), sc to end.
[NB: I sc in the back loop of my chain so that once I have turned the corner it is easier to complete the sc. You can see this in the photo’s, but it is not necessary to do the same, you can sc in your chain as usual if you prefer.]
Subsequent rounds: 3sc into each corner st and sc in all the other sts. Continue until the work is your desired base dimensions.
The whole tutorial is very simple as you can see. Once you have done the first one it will become a whole lot easier and you will be able to create your own crochet rope basket in different shapes and colors.