SUSTAINABLE CROCHET POT
Bobbiny T-shirt Cotton, 92% cotton, 8% Lycra, 120m/131yd per 800g, one roll in Olive Green (ours was from www. tshirtyarnshop.co.uk) 15mm (US P/19) crochet hook Stitch marker
Not essential for this project
st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch exdc extended double crochet – insert hook in st, yarn round hook and pull through a loop, yarn round hook and pull through one loop on hook, yarn round hook and pull through both loops on hook magic ring wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for Round 1 and close ring tightly by pulling the loose end
Approx. 15 x 14cm (6 x 5 "), excluding handles
The basket is worked in the round and the handles are added afterwards using surface crochet. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of each round. When working the surface crochet and the handles, loosen the tension. Round 1 make a magic ring, ch1 (does not count as st here and throughout), 6exdc in ring, join to 1st exdc with a ss [6 sts] Round 2 ch1, 2exdc in each st around, join to 1st exdc with a ss [12 sts] Round 3 ch1, *1exdc in next st, 2exdc in the next st; repeat from * to end of round, join to 1st exdc with a ss [18 sts] Round 4 ch1, 1exdc into each st around, join to 1st exdc with a ss [18 sts] Rounds 5-9 repeat Round 4, at the end of Round 9 fasten off and sew in ends Make a slip knot and hold it inside the basket. Insert the hook into the bottom of the basket from the right side, put the slip knot on the hook, then pull the loop through the basket, keeping the knot and working yarn inside. Keeping the loop on the hook, insert hook into the space next to it, yarn over hook and pull the loop through the basket and the loop on the hook. This is ss surface crochet. Continue in this way to work a vertical line. When you reach the top, make the handle: ch10, miss 3 sts along top edge of basket, ss into 4th st along. Continue in ss surface crochet down the side of the basket, then across the base to a point diagonally opposite the first ss, then work vertically again. Make a second handle and ss surface crochet down to the base and across to the starting point. Work another layer of surface crochet over the surface crochet and into the handles. Fasten off. Sew in ends.
Sherrie Yabsley is a crochet designer from South Devon, and taught herself how to hook six years ago. www.ollieandbella.co.uk