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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

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.

Pssst! Get a 50% off coupon code at the bottom of the post!

Round jute and cotton stacking baskets - original crochet pattern by jakigu.com

Update / Addendum

I am so thrilled about the continued interest in baskets from my Jute and Cotton Series. I heard what that you have to say, and I have come up with additional designs to meet your needs.

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

Square jute and cotton stacking baskets - an original crochet pattern by jakigu.com

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.

Jute and cotton stacking baskets - and original crochet pattern by jakigu.com

You can read more about the coiled crochet technique here. I adore both its simplicity and durability coiled crochet lends to baskets.

The 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. Take a peek at the 54-page guide for these bowls:

Coiled Crochet Stacking Baskets PDF Pattern by JaKiGu Preview

Stacking bowls - an original coiled crochet pattern by jakigu.com

Coiled basket with handles pattern takes the simple bowl design one step further with the addition of practical handles. Buy it 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.

This is not an ordinary crochet pattern - it's an 87-page booklet filled with beautiful photos and detailed step-by-step instructions.

Sturdy crochet baskets with handles | jakigu.com

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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custom order: a set of crochet picture frames

Once again, I got approached by someone who saw my work online. She asked whether I’d be willing to create a custom order, and when it was clear I will comfortably be able to meet the deadline, I agreed.

By the way, I am beginning to like the way people find me. It seems so random, but obviously my crochet patterns and bobbin lace jewelry must pop up in searches somewhere. It’s really cool.

Here’s the colour scheme the client chose for her daughter’s nursery. I quite like it!

Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu

Oh, and it you’d like to make a set of these cute frames with a 2-inch inside diameter, a PDF pattern is available through my store.

Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu

Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu

Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu

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crochet pattern: picture frame with fan edge

Crocheted picture frame with a fan edge – now available for download in my Etsy shop.Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu
I designed and wrote this frame pattern in the spring. I crocheted more than forty of them in this lovely lilac purple for the custom order I was working on at the time.
Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu
I love purple, I love lilac, and I love spring.
Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu
But recently, a different season and different colours have been on my mind. Christmas with its trademark pine green, cardinal red, and golden yellow, and of course, the classic candy cane red and cream white.
Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu
I crocheted a couple fan-edged frames in the red and white combination, inserted zen snowflake art, hung them on the wall, and it immediately felt like the air was a little crisper, and the mood was a little more magical. I swear I can almost hear the jingle bells.
Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu
Whatever colour you decide to crochet these frames in, my pattern is super easy to follow and even a beginner crocheter can finish a frame well in under an hour. In addition to the pattern itself and useful, close-up images, the downloadable PDF comes with stitch knowledge base, and tips on finishing, blocking, stiffening, and cleaning crochet frames. Each purchase also comes with a bonus PDF with several ideas on how to finish the back of the frame to hold miniature art securely in place. And while you’re there, see what else is available at JaKiGu on Etsy!
Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu