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work in progress: coiled crochet vessel

Jute and Cotton Series meets Coiled Crochet. The result? Shapely Vessels.

I love this stout crochet bowl. It is everything I always desired in a crochet container: substantial, sturdy, versatile, and totally awesome.

A pattern with an amazingly detailed step-by-step photo tutorial is coming soon!

In the meantime, see the other Jute and Cotton crochet baskets I have designed. If anything catches your eye, feel free to use coupon code TRIDSAT for an instant 30% off on anything in the store. JaKiGu Jute and Cotton Coiled Crochet Bowl Collage

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coiled crochet baskets

Baskets, baskets, and more baskets! Baskets make me happy.

They are fun and relatively quick and easy to make, and oh-so-useful! My son loves to keep his little cars and blocks and treasures in them. My husband appreciates that the fruits on our counter are readily accessible, yet contained. And I? Most often, I use a recently made basket to hold my yarn as I work on the next one!

I tend to be critical of my creations and never make grandiose statements about them, so this is huge: These are the most amazing baskets I’ve made to date!

Coiled crochet. Such a simple concept – and so widely underused, if you ask me. Crocheting over a coil helps create a thicker textile without the need to use too much yarn. It also makes work grow faster as the stitches are considerably taller than they would be without the coil. And perhaps the most significant quality of a coiled basket, in my opinion, is the sturdiness that comes with it. I appreciate the delicate nature and decorative characteristic of stiffened doilies shaped into bowls, but how practical are they, really? Coiled crochet baskets, bowls, and containers, on the other hand, beg to be used – and can handle a great deal of abuse, too!

Possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to choosing a coil. Ropes and clotheslines of various thicknesses, several strands of yarn (scrap or deliberately chosen), fabric strips, recycled plastic bags (aka plarn), a crocheted chain, or even wire; to name just a few options.

For the large blue basket, I used 2 strands of jute. In the small red and yellow baskets, I crocheted over cotton clothesline.

I love crocheting over jute so much! Using two strands of jute allowed me to control the tension a little more evenly – and I adore the way the color of natural jute peeks from in between the stitches. And because jute is not really used to crochet in this case (unlike the baskets in my Jute and Cotton Series), it’s not too tough on fingers.

But I was equally pleased with working with the cotton clothesline. Its standardized size and neural color (that could be possibly custom dyed to suit any project needs) as well as the fact that it’s widely accessible make it a really practical coil choice.What do you think? Do you like the coiled crochet concept? Have you ever made anything in this technique? Would you be interested in a pattern?

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crochet baskets pattern bundle

Crochet Baskets by JaKiGu, Pattern Bundle

Reaction to my basket patterns has been overwhelming. My heart is filled with joy and pride when I read reviews such as these:

The best written pattern!!! The explanation are clear and go into the smallest details. Just gr8
-Hadas

Amazingly detailed pattern with lots of pics and clear step by steps! Brilliant! The creator of this pattern has been so so helpful when i got myself confused, and as a result i have a new fav basket pattern! Beautiful and sturdy!
-Kayla

I love, love, love this pattern. The basket has a special stitch that creates a firm ridge on the bottom. Jana has created a visually stunning, professional PDF tutorial. WELL DONE!
-Amara

Best instructions ever! Easy to follow. Pictures showing techniques were so helpful! Thank you!
-BetS

It warms my heart knowing so many people from around the world appreciate my patterns and enjoy the process of creating something out of seemingly nothing with a little help from my instructions.

Since all three stacking baskets sets from my Jute and Cotton Series come in complementary designs and sizes, even without so many of you asking for it I knew I wanted to make all three patterns available in one convenient listing for those who want to own an instant pattern collection. The bundle offers the all three pattern sets (9 basket patterns in total) at a HUGE discount – just a dollar more than a single pattern if purchased individually.

If you’d prefer to purchase the bundle through my Etsy shop instead, please use coupon code BLOGZLAVA3 for an instant $3 off an already discounted Etsy bundle.

And remember: if you have any questions, let me know. I’m here to help.

Happy crocheting!

JaKiGu Crochet Baskets Pattern Bundle

 

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work in progress: coiled crochet basket

I am so in love with the basket I am working on right now – I just had to share a snapshot with you!

Worked similarly as traditional coiled baskets, this one is crocheted with cotton and contrast acrylic over jute coil. What an amazing structural strength that jute lends to this basket! If I described my round and square jute and cotton baskets as sturdy, and the lace baskets as firm, this one can only be described as “solid.” Honestly, it feels more like wicker than fabric. On my quest to design the most durable, functional basket, this one might be a dream come true.

What do you think? How would you describe your ideal crochet basket? Is a basket’s ability to keep its shape an important attribute of a crochet design? Would you consider giving a coiled crochet basket a try? Should I start working on a pattern?

 

Coiled Crochet Basket by JaKiGu.

 

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crochet pattern: square jute and cotton stacking baskets

My round jute and cotton stacking baskets hardly need an introduction.

That’s why I am so happy to announce that their eagerly awaited square version is finally here.

Square Basket - JaKiGu Crochet Pattern

This pattern took way, way longer than I ever thought possible to publish, but at last it is here – and also in my Etsy,  Craftsy and Ravelry shops.

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

The 25-page instantly downloadable PDF file contains instructions to crochet 3 perfectly stackable square crochet baskets. Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Aside from nine written pattern sections, this instructional booklet is packed full with 37 high-quality detail-focused photos, four step-by-step photo tutorials, and many useful notes, tips, and tricks.Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

These three square baskets complement the round set perfectly both in size and proportion, and will add to your growing collection of simple, practical, and lasting home decor items made with the simplest of natural fibres: jute and cotton.Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

And now, both patterns are available as a discounted bundle!

The bundle is also available in my Etsy shop. If you’d prefer to buy it there, don’t hesitate to use coupon code BLOGZLAVA3 for an instant $3 off the already budget-friendly pattern bundle.

JaKiGu Crochet Pattern Bundle

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

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crochet pattern: jute and cotton stacking baskets

My to-date most comprehensive and detailed instructional booklet is now available through EtsyCraftsy, and Ravelry.

Stacking Crochet Baskets, a Pattern Designed by JaKiGu

Cotton Lace and Jute Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu-Jana K Gusich

Three basket sizes. Nine pattern sections. Sixty-two photos. Five step-by-step photo tutorials. Twenty pages of countless notes, tips, and tricks.

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

If you like it, you might want to check out my Jute and Cotton Crochet Series for additional basket designs.

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Crochet Stacking Baskets, a Crochet Pattern

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crochet pattern: round stacking baskets

 

 

The long-awaited pattern has arrived! Get it here or by clicking on any of the images below.

UPDATE: A matching square version of these popular round jute and cotton baskets is now also available in my shop. And both designs can be purchased together as a discounted bundle by clicking here.

When I say “a pattern,” I mean so much more than a couple pages of instructions written in crochet shorthand. It’s a PDF containing twenty beautifully organized pages with tips, photo tutorials, detailed step-by-step instructions, explanation of each stitch needed to complete the project, and high quality images.

Baskets crocheted with the help of my pattern are sturdy, highly functional, and very,  very pretty. They provide a lot of storage space, yet when not in use they stack perfectly to save room.

Even the smallest of the three is quite large – 17.5 cm (7 in) in diameter and 7.5 cm (3 in) tall. Medium basket is 22.5 cm (9 in) wide and 9 cm (3-3/4 in) tall. The large offers generous storage space with its 27.5 cm (11 in) diameter and 11.5 cm (4.5 in) height.

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

I really enjoy working with jute and figuring out how it could best work for a basket that is meant to be used. Jute is an interesting material; stiff yet pliable at the same time – perfect for a base that won’t get soiled or fray easily.

The most rewarding part of creating this pattern, however, was the invention of a special stitch. It is vital to creating a perfectly even, decorative seam right where basket sides attach to base. Thanks to the special stitch, basket sides are rising from the base at a perfect right angle. How to successfully crochet this stitch is explained in great detail in a 7-page photo tutorial.

I hope you like the baskets enough to want to make some for yourself. But even if crochet is not your passion, you can spread the word about this pattern. Pin it, tweet it, like it – you might help a friend discover a project they would otherwise never come across.

And while I also sell all of these patterns in my  EtsyRavelry, and Craftsy shops, jakigu.com is my online home and I want you to feel special every time you visit. That’s why here you’ll always find my patterns at a 25-50% discount.