Experiment with a splash of colour — Try rustic red, navy blue or a mossy green for a completely different look. Beautiful Nutscene twine is available in 12 colours from .
You will need:
- 100m hemp rope, about the thickness of 8ply wool (makes 1 basket 16cm diameter x 8cm high + 3cm cuff)
- 5mm crochet hook
- Scrap yarn (optional)
NOTE: Some craft skills required (crochet)
Step by step:
Make 4 chain (ch) and slip stitch (sl st) into first chain to form a circle. Work 8 double crochet (dc) into the centre. Work in a spiral without finishing each round.
Round 1: 2dc in each stitch (16 sts).
Round 2: *1dc in next stitch, 2dc in following stitch*, repeat from * to * to end of round (24 sts).
Round 3: *1dc in next 2 stitches, 2dc in following stitch*, repeat from * to * to end of round (32 sts).
Round 4: *1dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in following stitch*, repeat from * to * to end of round (40 sts).
Round 5: *1dc in next 4 stitches, 2dc in following stitch*, repeat from * to * to end of round (48 sts).
Round 6: 1dc in every stitch.
Round 7: *1dc in next 5 stitches, 2dc in following stitch*, repeat from * to * to end of round (56 sts).
Round 8: *1dc in next 6 stitches, 2dc in following stitch*, repeat from * to * to end of round (64 sts). The base will measure about 14cm diameter at this point. Note: If you want a larger basket, continue increasing in alternate rounds until you have a flat disc of the desired diameter.
Round 9 and following rounds: 1dc in every stitch, continuing for about 15 rounds until the basket is the desired height. Slip stitch into next stitch to finish the round.
Cuff: Turn the work (so you are working back across the stitches you have just made). Make 1ch to start, then 1dc in every stitch as before, for 4 or 5 rounds.
Finish off with a slip stitch, pull the yarn through the last loop and then weave the tail of the rope into the previous row. Weave in the tail at the beginning. Fold over the cuff.
Small basket or bottle holder
1. Work the first 6 rounds as for the basket, then slip stitch into the next stitch.
2. Every round: 3 chain (counts as 1 treble), 1 treble in every stitch to end, slip stitch in top chain.
3. When you reach the desired height (ours
is 6 rounds high), work one round of 1dc in every stitch and finish with a slip stitch, pulling the rope through the last loop and then weaving the tails in.
Rustic loopy basket
1. Using medium (2mm) jute twine and a 12mm crochet hook, start with the first three rounds as for the basket base. Work into the back of each stitch and keep the tension loose.
2. You may find you need to work a round of 1dc in every stitch after round 3 and again after round 4 to keep the base flat.
3. After round 5, work 1dc in every stitch to make the sides until you reach the desired height, then finish off by pulling the rope through the last loop and weaving in the tails.
TIP: Use a short length of coloured yarn to mark the beginning of the round, and weave it through at the beginning of each new round. You can simply pull it out and discard it when you’ve finished.