Multicolored Stacking Baskets

Today, October 5th, is my mother’s birthday. And although she’s the most wonderful lady and deserves to be celebrated always, for some reason, being at the beginning of October, her birthday always sneaks up on me. For a month or so now, I’ve been thinking about making her something that would match the colors in her house, but then all of a sudden, it was the week before her birthday and I hadn’t even bought the yarn I would need.

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So, the good news about these baskets is that you can make them in less than a weekend if you commit to doing little else. On Saturday, I ventured out to find yarn in her colors, which was much more difficult than I imagined, and took trips to multiple stores. Once I had the yarn, I browsed Pinterest trying to decide what to make, since the yarn I found in her colors was much thicker than I planned to get, and I needed a new plan. I found a great pattern by SoulMade for a square basket with a cuffed top edge using chunkier yarn, and then adapted it into what I was looking for. Then on Sunday, finishing with an hour to spare before her dinner celebration, I made baskets until my fingers were sore. Success!

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To complete this project, you will need to know the following stitches: magic circle, sc, sc inc, sc dec, sl st

You will need:

Bulky yarn in two colors. I used Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn, which is 72% Cotton and 28% Nylon, in Woodberry and Aqua. The skeins were 8.8oz/250g, 317yds/290m, and I used almost the entire two skeins. You will crochet using both strands at the same time.
 

6.0mm (US J) hook

Yarn needle big enough to fit bulky yarn

Stitch Markers

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baskets-beginning small-basket-base

Small Size (approx. 5” square base, 4.25” tall):

Magic circle with 4 sc into the circle, and then pull tight

Follow SoulMade’s pattern for steps 3-8

9. 6 sc blo, (sc dec blo, 11 sc blo) repeat 2x, 5 sc blo (48 st)

10. (sc in each stitch) repeat for 10 rows

11. sl st in each stitch, cut yarn and pull through, then invisible join to 1st sl st of round, hiding ends inside

Decreasing in the corners, back loop only
Decreasing in the corners, back loop only (step 9 for the small, 10 for the medium, 11 for the large)




Medium Size (approx. 5.75” square base, 4.75” tall):

Magic circle with 4 sc into the circle, and then pull tight

Follow SoulMade’s pattern for steps 3-8

9. 6 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch (12 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch) repeat 2x, 6 sc (60 st)

10. 7 sc blo, (sc dec blo, 13 sc blo), repeat 2x, 6 sc blo (56 st)

12. (sc in each stitch) repeat for 11 rows

13. sl st in each stitch, cut yarn and pull through, then invisible join to 1st sl st of round, hiding ends inside

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Large Size (approx. 6.5” square base, 5.25” tall):

Magic circle with 4 sc into the circle, and then pull tight

Follow SoulMade’s pattern for steps 3-8

9. 6 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch (12 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch) repeat 2x, 6 sc (60 st)

10. 7 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch (14 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch) repeat 2x, 7 sc (68 st)

11. 8 sc blo, (sc dec blo, 15 sc blo), repeat 2x, 7 sc blo (64 st)

12. (sc in each stitch) repeat for 12 rows

13. sl st in each stitch, cut yarn and pull through, then invisible join to 1st sl st of round, hiding ends inside

 

No matter how you finish the baskets, there will be a slight ridge where the round connects down, but with the invisible join, you can minimize it as much as possible. The three pictures below show how to complete this final join.

Final slip stitch before invisible join
Final slip stitch before invisible join

 

Inserting yarn needle for invisible join
Inserting yarn needle for invisible join

 

Finishing invisible join
Finishing invisible join

And there you have it! Three sizes of these fun multicolored baskets, ready to be filled, stacked, or wrapped and gifted. Happy Birthday, Mom!

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COPYRIGHT NOTICE: This pattern was designed by me and is intended for your personal use. I have provided it for free on my blog, and the selling of this pattern is strictly prohibited. If you are interested in selling completed items based off this pattern, please notify me and credit me as the designer.




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