Finally! I've tried a few basket patterns before, but I've never finished one. The Oval pattern from Baskets seemed like a pretty perfect pattern to try, though. We need plenty of containers around the house to hold little odds and ends and I do always love a good cotton yarn project. And this is a great cotton yarn project.
This is crocheted with two strands of yarn held together, which will annihilate your joints. Holy moley. But if you're really super strong, or if you just take lots of breaks, this is a great project. After a few wrestling sessions, I made this in the medium size. It calls for three skeins, and I had two skeins of Robin's Egg Blue by Sugar n' Cream. I decided to make the bottom of the basket with some Sugar n' Cream Denim. Once upon a time last summer, I bought three or four skeins of Sugar n' Cream yarn. My reasons are completely forgotten, and only the stash remains. I think I have a skein and a half left. Gracious. But the dark blue made a nice contrast for the bottom and the top border.
There are three top borders to choose from with this pattern as well! I went with the long single crochet option because I love the look of long single crochet stitches. They're made by crocheting into the stitch in the row below. It's a simple technique that makes a lovely stitch.
This basket is going to hold my daughter's hair accessories in our bathroom. I'm not sure how all those little pony tail holders and barrettes get everywhere, but they do. Oh my goodness, how they do. After I give myself a break from working with cotton yarn held double, I'm probably going to make another one for myself to hold some of my crocheting and knitting notions. I think I'd like to toss all of my stitch markers and measuring tapes into one large container instead of into some of the smaller containers cluttering up the bookcase in my craft corner. Maybe I'll try the Round Basket pattern next!
|It's even holding craft supplies in this picture!|