Do you ever feel like a project was meant to be? I’m sharing the pattern for this color block crochet basket today, and I must say, finishing a basket feels like the planets aligning. You might have seen a preview on Instagram the other day too!
Big basket complete! Not quite 13 inches tall but close. And I used up a bunch of scrap yarn too. #iwinagoldstar #crochet #lmcalibaby
1. We were (are) drowning in toys and I feel like the guy pushing the rock up the hill in hell, where he pushes it up and it comes crashing down every night. I clean up the toys every night and the kids just drag them out again every morning. I can even clean up during the day, but the baby is right behind me, pulling the toys back out. It’s a losing battle, I suppose, but I wanted some way to harness all the random little pieces.
Side note: Why do all kids’ toys have to come in SO MANY PIECES?! Legos, blocks, puzzles. How does anyone expect to keep track of everything?
2. I had my Ikea Kallax shelf in my craft room, but have moved it out to our dining space to use as a bookshelf and a buffet. It had a few extra compartments empty, which were perfect for some baskets.
3. Moving made me really realize how much yarn I have. Holy cow. I had a lot of scraps from when I made a bunch of scarves and hats for a craft fair I attended a few years ago. They were all bulky weight yarn, which is hard to use for lollipop ghosts and baby shoes, so I had to figure out a larger project to work on.
Enter the basket. A basket sized to fit my Kallax shelf. A basket to hide all the random toy pieces scattered about the living room. A basket to turn that bin of scrap bulky yarn into something functional and beautiful. And a reason to sit back with a lapful of yarn and crochet the evening away…
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4 to 5 skeins of bulky weight yarn. I used mainly Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick although there were scraps of Bernat Softee Chunky and Loops and Threads Cozy Wool mixed in.
N / 10.00 mm hook
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
Color Block Crochet Basket Pattern
In order to make this basket super thick and sturdy, it was made using two skeins of bulky yarn held together.
Start with a magic circle.
Round 1. Work 8 sc into magic circle. Do not join – work in continuous rounds. (8)
Round 2. Work 2 hdc in each stitch around. (16)
Round 3. *Work 1 hdc in next stitch, then 2 hdc in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (24)
Round 4. *Work 1 hdc in next 2 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (32)
Round 5. *Work 1 hdc in next 3 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (40)
Round 6. *Work 1 hdc in next 4 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (48)
Round 7. *Work 1 hdc in next 5 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (56)
Round 8. *Work 1 hdc in next 6 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. UNWORK the last stitch in this round. You should have 63 stitches in the round. (63)
Round 9. In back loops only, work 1 sc in each stitch around. (63)
Round 10. *In the next stitch, work 1 sc in both loops. In the next stitch, insert your hook below the sc from the previous round and complete a single crochet.* Repeat from * around. All of these stitches are technically single crochet stitches, but every other one is double the height because they are worked below the sc of the previous round.
Round 11. From here on, just continue the pattern of “1 sc + 1 extra long sc” around and around until you reach the desired height.
At some point about 2/3 of the way up to your desired height, you’ll want to change yarn colors, then keep working the same “1 sc + 1 extra long sc” around. The way you change yarn colors will determine your color pattern. I staggered my yarn changes, mostly because they were scraps and were all different lengths. I tied a new color yarn to the old yarn with a square knot because I didn’t want to have to weave in all of these scraps ends, and I just tucked in the little knots as I went along.
The green basket was my first attempt. It is 13″ in diameter and I actually put 65 stitches in the final round. It came out a bit floppy.
I adjusted the pattern a bit for the blue basket, and only used 63 stitches in the final round, which worked much better at keeping the sides stiff. The final measurements are 13″ in diameter and 13″ high, just right to fit in the Kallax shelf.
Will these actually contain all the toys? Maybe. Maybe not. But they’re pretty to look at!
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