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
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!
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!
Best instructions ever! Easy to follow. Pictures showing techniques were so helpful! Thank you!
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.
That’s why I am so happy to announce that their eagerly awaited square version is finally here.
This pattern took way, way longer than I ever thought possible to publish, but at last it is here – and also in my Etsy shop.
The 25-page instantly downloadable PDF file contains instructions to crochet 3 perfectly stackable square crochet baskets.
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.
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.
Oh, moving. Four weeks ago, I moved for the seventeenth time in less than 15 years; and I am not even in the military. My husband and I chose this nomadic life, and enjoyed every aspect and every moment of it. But, we were ready to settle down.
And so this time, we moved our little family into our very own house, and we have no plans to move anywhere anytime soon (and, I secretly dream of never moving anywhere again, ever). Because no matter how many times you go through the process, and how efficient you are at packing your belongings for a move across continents, states, or just down the street, the aftermath never gets easier. Packing is easy. It’s the cleaning, unpacking, and organizing following a move that takes the biggest toll. It requires motivation, determination, and tons of energy. And time. Oh, so much time. And with a curious, clingy toddler in tow, the end is seemingly beyond my reach this time.
I hoped to have two more patterns ready by the end of May. That now seems a little too unrealistic. Especially since, at least in the Jute and Cotton series, I want to make versions of all baskets available in three different sizes to offer a stackable set. That’s a lot of baskets to make, and many lines of instruction to write, check, double check, test, and then check again. My husband laughs and says that I seem to be making baskets just to contain my old baskets.
So, patterns for which baskets are coming first, and when?
This lovely lacy design has become my favorite in the Jute and Cotton series and I can’t wait to share it with you – hopefully by the end of June. (Psst: The pattern for this basket is available in my shop. Click on the image below to check it out.)
I wouldn’t want to disappoint a long line of eager crocheters patiently waiting for the square version of my very popular round jute and cotton baskets. It shouldn’t be long before this design is available as well. (Psst: It’s already available as well. Click on the image below to see it in my shop.)
And then? There are so many more basket ideas I’ve been toying with and designs for which I want to share with you! In the picture from my workshop (which these days is the windowsill) above, you can see some of them in various stages of completeness: a design that’s complementing the lacy basket; the polka dot baskets; a tall and narrow container that can be hung and serve a myriad of functions inside the house and out; and a basket with rolled rim worked in a double thick stitch that is sturdy yet really soft. And then I’ve been testing a basket worked in a brilliant new stitch that I accidentally invented (or discovered through trial and error while trying to make the square baskets) – this stitch is amazing, and creates the foundation of the sturdiest basket I’ve ever made despite looking quite delicate. Oh, and then there are baskets worked in a variation of the star stitch – they are also quite stiff and their surface features lovely texture.
And that’s just baskets. I have several bracelets, cushions, and floor mats just waiting to be taken more seriously. And then, there is a mammoth of a project I’ve been working on ever since my son was born almost two years ago. It’s nowhere to be finished, but when I finally get my hands on it, it will be magnificent. I’m keeping its identity a secret, and if you guessed it’s a blanket/throw/afgan, you’d be wrong. It’s a design quite rare in the crochet world, and I am so very proud if it. No worries, it will not take you two years to complete.
Oooh, and also, I’ve been dying to start writing free tutorials for my blog. There is so much I have learned about crocheting through my own mistakes, and I’d like to share this knowledge with you.
As you can see, all I need to make this all happen is a little help from a full-time housekeeper and a live-in nanny (and for each day to have 48 hours).
It will happen!
And one last thing.
I sure hope you decide to have a look at my pattern shop right here at jakigu.com. The current sale is pretty sweet!
However, if you prefer to purchase my patterns through my Etsy shop, you’re welcome to use coupon code BLOGZLAVA3 for an instant $3 off any purchase of $6 or more.
Go make something beautiful!
Round jute and cotton stacking baskets. The long-awaited pattern has arrived! The twenty-page PDF file contains detailed instructions, illustrative photos, helpful tips, photo tutorials, and a summary of crochet skills needed for this project. Get it on jakigu.com or on Etsy.
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 the base. How to successfully crochet this stitch is explained in great detail in a 7-page photo tutorial.
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Blog Post Update / Addendum
I am so thrilled about the continued interest in baskets from my Jute and Cotton Series. I heard what you had to say, and based on your feedback I came up with additional designs.
A pattern booklet for a matching square set of jute and cotton stacking baskets is now available and can be found here on jakigu.com or can be purchased on Etsy.
In addition to the same decorative seam stitch as its round counterpart, the square basket pattern also features my proud invention: a unique stitch to create nice, sharp corners. I’ll walk you through it step-by-step in a wonderfully detailed photo tutorial.
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 found here on jakigu.com or purchased on Etsy.
You can read more about the coiled crochet technique here. I adore both the simplicity and durability coiled crochet lends to baskets.
This coiled crochet bowl offers a wonderfully practical introduction to the concept. Make a set of lovely stackable bowls while you learn and master this helpful technique. Pattern can be found in both jakigu.com and Etsy pattern shops.
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. Just take a closer look at the 54-page guide for these bowls:
These adorable coiled baskets with handles take the simple bowl design one step further with the addition of practical handles. Buy the equally detailed pattern here on jakigu.com or in my Etsy shop.
I describe the handle construction in detail in an additional 46-page step-by-step photo tutorial.
And while I have been proudly selling my patterns Etsy shop since 2012, jakigu.com has become my online home and I want you to feel special every time you visit.
That’s why I’d love to offer you a 50% off coupon code for any of the above patterns. Simply use code PINUND20 at checkout on jakigu.com for an instant 50% discount on everything in your cart, including items on sale. You may use the code as many times as you’d like, and you are welcome to share it with a friend.
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.
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