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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 shop.

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 right here on jakigu.com as well as in my Etsy shop.

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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work in progress: square stacking baskets

You asked for it, and I started working on a square version of my round stacking baskets a while ago.

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UPDATE

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.

Square Basket - JaKiGu Crochet Pattern

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Square Jute and Cotton Stacking Crochet Baskets by JaKiGu

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.

Square Jute and Cotton Stacking Crochet Baskets by JaKiGu
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.

Square Jute and Cotton Stacking Crochet Baskets by JaKiGu

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.

Square Jute and Cotton Stacking Crochet Baskets by JaKiGu

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.

Square Jute and Cotton Stacking Crochet Baskets by JaKiGu

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free crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster

I have a new crochet pattern for you to try! It’s a wonderful yarn stash buster, and if you aren’t bothered by clingy toddlers or demanding husbands, you could make more than a couple in an afternoon.
Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

These lovely pinwheel coasters are so versatile – the colour combinations in which they can be worked are virtually endless. You be the designer: let the pattern inspire you and then run wild with it! Make something truly yours; to fit your mood, home decor, or current season. One can never have enough coasters – and if she does, she can always give them away as thoughtful, handmade gifts. Continue reading free crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster

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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 right here on jakigu.com and via Etsy.

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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: jute squares

Wow! There has been so much unexpected, yet greatly appreciated interest in my last crochet pattern – the Round Jute and Cotton Stacking Baskets. Thank you!

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern Designed by JaKiGu

I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about expanding my jute and cotton series and creating these baskets in other shapes – but it was never a number one priority for me.

But since so many asked about a pattern for square or rectangular baskets, I decided to answer your call. I have been diligently working on a new pattern – a pattern for a trio of stackable, square jute and cotton baskets.

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UPDATE

The pattern for square jute and cotton stacking baskets is ready! It is available right here on jakigu.com and in my Etsy shop.

These square stacking baskets match perfectly my round jute and cotton stacking baskets. And now, both patterns are available in a bundle on Etsy at a 25% discount!JaKiGu Crochet Pattern Bundle

And, as a reader of JaKiGu blog, you can get the already discounted bundle for less! Use coupon code BLOGDVEZA9 at Etsy checkout for a total of 43.75% OFF! It’s a “buy one and get one for a dollar” kind of deal 😉

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Here’s an update on what I have accomplished so far:

Jute Square Crochet Basket Pattern by JaKiGu 4

I admit, the process is slow. The bottom is a simple square – it’s the sides that require a whole new approach, and a ton of research and work.
Jute Square Crochet Basket Pattern by JaKiGu

There aren’t many existing techniques which would create sharp edges while working in the round. Perhaps there is none. At least I haven’t found it. And I want these baskets to be worked in the round, not only because I want to maintain a uniform look throughout the series, but also because I want to avoid the need to sew the sides together.

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I’ve been experimenting and experimenting, and then experimenting some more. And I am pretty sure I have created a unique way to crochet beautiful, sharp right corners while working in the round.

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But you’ll have to wait for an update on the sides a little longer!

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In the meantime – if you haven’t yet – you can get the pattern for the round baskets in my Etsy shop. It has been receiving rave reviews. It is, after all, more of an instructional booklet than a simple pattern, with 20 pages of tutorials, wonderful photos, tips and suggestions.

Start working on your own collection of these wonderfully minimalist yet visually stunning jute and cotton baskets!

 

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bobbin lace in wire: swirl earrings, customized

I am about to ship a completely unexpected order – a pair of customized bobbin lace earrings! The client saw a pair I made eons ago somewhere online, and clicked through Pinterest to my old blog all the way to my Etsy shop and asked whether I was still making bobbin lace. Well, strictly speaking I am not – but I sure was ready to start again! Making bobbin lace felt like riding a bicycle: You simply never forget how to.

Here is the final result – What do you think?

Sterling Silver Wire Bobbin Lace Earrings, Original Design by JaKiGu

Sterling Silver Wire Bobbin Lace Earrings, Original Design by JaKiGu

Sterling Silver Wire Bobbin Lace Earrings, Original Design by JaKiGu

Sterling Silver Wire Bobbin Lace Earrings, Original Design by JaKiGu