10 inches in diameter x 51/2 inches high, excluding handles
• DMC Natura Denim medium (worsted) weight cotton yarn (13/4 oz/ 82 yds/50g per ball):
2 balls #136 sanded oak • Size I/9/5.5mm crochet hook • Tapestry needle • Stitch marker
Rnds 1–4 = 33/4 inches; 5 lg V-sts = 4 inches Gauge is not critical for this project.
Finished size is approximate as the final crochet fabric is very stretchy. Weave in loose ends as work progresses. Work in continuous rounds; do not join unless otherwise stated. Place stitch marker in first stitch of round and move up as each round is completed. Rounds 1–5 end with chain-1. When instructed to work in a V-stitch, work in the chain space of the stitch. Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.
Small V-stitch (sm V-st): (Hdc, ch 1, hdc) in indicated st or sp. Large V-stitch (lg V-st): (Dc, ch 2, dc) in indicated st or sp.
Rnd 1: Make a slip ring (see illustration), ch 2 (counts as sc, ch 1), [hdc, ch 1] 7 times in ring.
Make this project in an evening and put it to good use the next day! It’s perfect for storing hand towels in the bathroom, potatoes or onions in the kitchen, or yarn in your craft room. You’ll never run out of ways to use this practical basket!
Place marker (see Pattern Notes) in first st. (1 sc, 7 hdc, 8 ch-1 sps) (see Special Rnd Stitches), 2: [ Sm ch 1] V-st in each ch-1 sp around. (8 sm V-sts, 8 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 3: [Hdc, ch 1] in each ch-1 sp around. (16 hdc, 16 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 4: Rep rnd 2. (16 sm V-sts, 16 ch-1 sps) Rnd 5: Rep rnd 3. (32 hdc, 32 ch-1 sps) Rnd 6: Sm V-st in each ch-1 sp around. (32 sm V-sts)
Rnd 7: Sm V-st in each sm V-st (see Pattern Notes) around. Rnd 8: Lg V-st (see Special Stitches) in each sm V-st around. Rnds 9–18: Lg V-st in each lg V-st around, working (hdc, ch 2, sc) in last V-st of rnd 18. Rnd 19: Sc in each dc and ch-2 sp around. (96 sc)
Rnd 20: [Sc in each of next 10 sts, sc dec (see Stitch Guide) in next 2 sts] around. (88 sc) Rnd 21: Sc in each sc around. Rnd 22: *Ch 15, sk next 10 sc
(handle made), sc in each of next 34 sc, rep from * once to end of rnd. (30 chs, 68 sc) Rnd 23: Sc in each sc and ch sp around. (98 sc) Rnd 24: Sc in each sc around, join (see Pattern Notes), fasten off. CW