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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: 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 stacking baskets

 

 

The long-awaited pattern has arrived! Get it here or by clicking on any of the images below.

UPDATE: A matching square version of these popular round jute and cotton baskets is now also available in my shop. And both designs can be purchased together as a discounted bundle by clicking here.

When I say “a pattern,” I mean so much more than a couple pages of instructions written in crochet shorthand. It’s a PDF containing twenty beautifully organized pages with tips, photo tutorials, detailed step-by-step instructions, explanation of each stitch needed to complete the project, and high quality images.

Baskets crocheted with the help of my pattern are sturdy, highly functional, and very,  very pretty. They provide a lot of storage space, yet when not in use they stack perfectly to save room.

Even the smallest of the three is quite large – 17.5 cm (7 in) in diameter and 7.5 cm (3 in) tall. Medium basket is 22.5 cm (9 in) wide and 9 cm (3-3/4 in) tall. The large offers generous storage space with its 27.5 cm (11 in) diameter and 11.5 cm (4.5 in) height.

Stacking Baskets Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

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 perfectly even, decorative seam right where basket sides attach to base. Thanks to the special stitch, basket sides are rising from the base at a perfect right angle. How to successfully crochet this stitch is explained in great detail in a 7-page photo tutorial.

I hope you like the baskets enough to want to make some for yourself. But even if crochet is not your passion, you can spread the word about this pattern. Pin it, tweet it, like it – you might help a friend discover a project they would otherwise never come across.

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 here you’ll always find my patterns at a 25-50% discount.

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work in progress: stacking baskets

The new pattern is almost here! I am quite proud of this one. It’s more like a three-in-one instructional booklet than a written pattern. It contains twenty pages filled with crochet basics needed to complete the project as well as many useful tips, photo tutorials, and illustrations to make three stacking baskets. They are both functional and beautiful, crocheted in a unique combination of jute and cotton. They look so great in my son’s bedroom, and I have a set in my office – they are perfect for storing things big and small!
Look for the pattern in my store.

Crochet Stacking Baskets Pattern by JaKiGu

Crochet Stacking Baskets Pattern by JaKiGu

Crochet Stacking Baskets Pattern by JaKiGu