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work in progress: coiled crochet vessel

This adorably shapely crochet bowl meets all the requirements I focus on when designing a crochet container: it is made with durable natural materials, it feels sturdy and substantial; and it can be used for a variety of purposes.

Its current role as a planter cover is to hide an unsightly container in which my new pothos clipping is growing new roots. But previously, it served me wonderfully as a counter-top fruit basket. My husband has the smaller one on his desk as a catchall. And just ask my 4-year-old son and he’ll tell you how many rocks from his little rock collection can fit in, or how well it sits on his head as a helmet!

Round Crochet Bowl in Jute

Would you like to learn to make a container like this yourself? A pattern with an amazingly detailed step-by-step photo tutorial is coming soon. Comment below and three lucky commenters will be randomly chosen on November 30, 2017 to receive a free copy of the pattern & tutorial PDF.

Jute and Cotton Crochet Bowl

In the meantime, I invite you to have a look at the other crochet baskets I have designed, either in my online store, or in my Etsy shop.

Coiled Crochet Basket - Jute Bowl

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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 jute and cotton stacking baskets, and more

The long-awaited pattern has arrived! Get it by clicking here.

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  decorative seam at a perfectly right angle right where basket sides attach to base. How to successfully crochet this stitch is explained in great detail in a 7-page photo tutorial.

A pattern booklet for a matching square set of jute and cotton stacking baskets is now available as well and can he found here.

And if you are as much in love with the neutral look of jute with cotton, you might like this geometric/lacey crochet basket set. It’s made in coiled crochet technique – a technique I am passionately trying to get to as many people as possible because it is hands down the best way to make sturdy, durable baskets. Pattern for this basket can be purchased here.

My newest pattern is also made in coiled crochet technique. I adore both its simplicity and durability. Pattern for this set of colorful coiled crochet stacking baskets is available here.

An exquisite beginner's guide to coiled crochet by JaKiGu

When I say “a pattern,” I mean so much more than a couple pages of instructions written in crochet shorthand. My patterns are highly detailed PDFs with beautifully organized pages filled with tips, photo tutorials, detailed step-by-step instructions, explanation of each stitch needed to complete the project, and high quality images. Take a peek at the 54-page guide I wrote for my last design:

Coiled Crochet Stacking Baskets PDF Pattern by JaKiGu Preview

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 I’d love to offer you a 25% off coupon code for any of the above patterns (coupon can be applied towards regular OR sale prices). Simply use code PINUND20 for an instant 25% discount on everything in your cart.

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