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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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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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work in progress – a (very personal) update

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.

crochet baskets by JaKiGu

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.)

Jute and Cotton Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

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.)

Square Jute and Cotton Stacking Crochet Baskets by JaKiGu

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, Ravelry, or Craftsy shops, you’re welcome to use coupon code BLOGZLAVA3 for an instant $3 off any purchase of $6 or more.
Go make something beautiful!

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work in progress: jute and cotton crochet basket

My obsession with jute and cotton continues.

Jute and Cotton Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and to my eye, (almost) anything made with soft brown jute and creamy ecru cotton looks stunning.

Jute and Cotton Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

This basket is a true yin and yang creation.

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UPDATE

And the pattern for this lovely basket (three, actually – it’s another stacking set!) is now finished and available via Etsy, Craftsy, or Ravelry.

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It’s so simple, and still; it’s hard to take one’s eyes off of it. The lacey effect of cotton softens the harsher lines of padding jute cords. The backs of stitches create a beautifully modern, geometric design on the inside of the basket, making the inside just as interesting – if not even more intriguing – than the outside. And despite its delicate appearance, this romantic basket is, in fact, considerably sturdier than my original round jute and cotton baskets. It holds its shape so beautifully one might think it were crocheted over metal hoops.

Jute and Cotton Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

I simply can’t decide what I like more about it: the geometric design on the inside, the symmetrical jute base and trims, or the outer cotton overlay. All these elements are quite unique in the world of crochet baskets.

Jute and Cotton Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

Crochet has potential to be old fashioned. Reminiscent of 70’s basement decor. Stiff as Victorian doilies.

But not this basket. This is not your gramma’s kind of crochet anymore. In this basket, the new and the old melt into something surprisingly contemporary.

Alright. If you can’t tell, I am pretty excited about this basket. But I am ready to stop tooting my own horn. After all, mine might be the only eye to which it looks beautiful. And I’m OK with it.

Still, if you fell in love with this basket as fast and deep as I did, hold on tight. I am already writing a pattern.

Jute and Cotton Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

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work in progress: polka dot basket

A new idea popped up in my mind. A lovely idea.
I started working on a cute crochet basket speckled with polka dots.

Polka Dot Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

Polka dots are made of bobbles in a contrast colour.

Polka Dot Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

Bobbles are nice and fluffy both on the outside and on the inside.

Polka Dot Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

Basket base is quite stiff and helps the basket keep its shape.

Polka Dot Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

Tapestry crochet inspired sides make the sides stand nice and upright, and the reinforcing edge adds a little chubbiness to the basket because it curls inwards just a little bit.

Polka Dot Crochet Basket by JaKiGu

I adore this project and hope to have a pattern for you soon! Until then, have a look at what’s new in my shop and don’t forget to keep in touch on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or right here by subscribing to the JaKiGu blog.

Polka Dot Crochet Basket Collage by JaKiGu

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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.