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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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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: 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 through Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry.

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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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 via EtsyCraftsy, or Ravelry.

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!

Jute Square Crochet Basket Pattern by JaKiGu 5

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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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.