You asked for it, and I started working on a square version of my round stacking baskets a while ago.
The pattern for a set of three stacking square baskets in my Jute and Cotton Series is finished and available right here on jakigu.com and in my Etsy shop.
I didn’t expect how much trickier the process of ‘inventing’ a jute and cotton square basket pattern would be. Especially since my objective was that the design match the round version perfectly.
Despite my initial excitement due to some smaller samples I’d made, it has been a long and trying journey, and I considered giving up. I made and re-made 9 basket versions. There simply wasn’t any to-me-known way to make the corners nice and sharp. It literally felt like I was trying to push a square peg into a round hole.
After a much needed break, with the basket tucked way out of my sight and while working on something completely unrelated, I had an idea. The simplest idea yet. I bet if you watched me from afar, you’d literally see that proverbial light bulb flash above my head.
I immediately tested the technique and it worked like a charm! I’m writing the pattern for all three square stacking baskets so that all of you who were interested in a square version can get crocheting. It might take a little longer as we are moving into our new house this week, but stay tuned! You’ll be the first to know when the pattern’s ready. Until then – check out my store for more home decor crochet ideas.
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I love, love, love this basket! I have been trying for months to figure a way to make tight corners. Please finish a pattern… I would definitely buy this pattern!
I love all the baskets! I have made a few on my own, and I was wondering: where do you get that nice jute from? Because I’m thinking that the jute should ideally match in thickness the yarn you use for the upper part of the basket, but I am a bit clueless as to online stores that have many options regarding jute. Any tips? 🙂
You are absolutely right! Gauge is crucial for this pattern. I used a 3-ply jute from Hobby Lobby that is approximately 3 mm thick (and gives 8.5 wraps per inch). In the pattern, I included conversions and tips to help crocheters find a suitable alternative if they can’t purchase the same jute as I used. If you are interested in purchasing the pattern, contact me via Etsy and I will happily send you a 50% off coupon code.
I would like to buy the pattern for the square basket square