Crocheted baskets

As you might know from previous posts, we moved to a new apartment in the beginning of July. The past couple of months have been full of arranging the new house. How much time settling takes! One of the problems that came up was that I was in need of boxes and baskets to organise the small things. In most cases I used plastic or carton boxes, but there were some cases, that too much customising was needed, such as the bathroom mirror. Why do they make them so shallow and long!

Since I am quite comfortable with crocheting, I decided to solve a couple of tricky situations through my hobby.

When I started crocheting, I tried making a basket, so as to exercise. For my first basket, I followed the Chunky crocheted basket pattern, which is a free one. The pattern suggests to use a super bulky yarn, so I chose Katia Ushuaia -100 g / ca. 85 m, that fits the suggestion. It is a dégradé dyed yarn in several combinations of colours that consists of 53% Polyester and 47% Polyacrylic. The link above refers to colour 623, but I really used colour 603, a combination of green, turquoise, purple and pink. The size of the hook needed is 8.00 mm.

My first basket

It was a quite easy project and a good exercise for my level of crochet, thanks to the size of the hook and the yarn. It turned out quite nice, no? I used it and I am still using it to store yarns and things. Nevertheless, it has some drawbacks, with the most important being that it is not sturdy. It is not a problem since I use it for yarns, as it adjusts to the shape of the contents, but for our toiletries I wanted something more robust.

I did a bit of searching in the internet for basket patterns and I came up with an interesting one: Crochet Rope Basket. The idea behind it is to crochet around a rope or string, so as to add stiffness and stability. It was exactly what I was looking for! The pattern is quite easy and nothing very special. The important about it is the foundation chain, which needs to be equal to the difference of the depth and the length you want your basket to be plus 2 chains, as the pattern says. In my case, I wanted a basket 15 cm long and 10.5 cm deep, so my foundation chain was 4.5 cm plus 2 chains long.

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My nicest basket!

For this box I used my favorite Stylecraft Special DK – Matador (1010), a bit of Stylecraft Special DK – Black (1002) and a small piece of Stylecraft Special DK – Turquoise (1068). The pattern I made myself, so as to give it a bit of a character! The yarns are crocheted around a common everyday rope we had at home. I used a 5.00 mm hook, but the size you need depends on the thickness of the rope you are using. It should be big enough so as to be able to create easily the stitches around the rope, but still be tight enough. My yarn was thick enough so as to make the rope I used almost invisible. I like the result quite a lot!

I even made another basket! For the third one I used scraps of the Katia Ushuaia yarn I used for the very first basket I made. This is a nice advantage of these projects: they are all done with scraps of yarns used for other projects. This yarn was also big enough, so as to cover the rope. You can’t really see it right? But you can notice how much nicer it stands compared to the first basket I made in 2016!

And my third basket!
The rope or better string that hides inside the second and third basket

Owls for mobiles

It was Christmas 2016 and I was travelling home for the holidays. I was going to meet my friends and I was looking for some small present for each one of them. Earlier that year we had some common activity in Athens that had an owl as a mascot and I knew the girls are fond of owls. So I came up with a nice and funny idea for a present: owl mobile cases.

green owl

The pattern of the cases is by Linda Cyr and is for free. It is nicely explained and it is a simple project with mostly single crochet stitches. The only tricky point about this project is to make the case big enough for the mobile you have in mind. The pattern suggests a gauge and some size, but the best is to check your own mobile. The important round is the first one of the body, which is going to be the base of the case, so it needs to be wide enough for your mobile to fit.

I made three cases in total, all of them for presents, so I was trying to have a size between my mobile, which is small, and my husband’s, which is rather big. I knew that one of my friends got a new mobile that is much bigger than average ones, so I had to ask her for the size of her mobile without giving her any hints about why I needed it. So I told her that my sister is looking for a new phone and I wanted her opinion about her own, but size was important, so she had to tell me how big her phone was!

red owl

So as explained already, I followed the instructions of the pattern and I used a CLOVER Amour 6 mm hook. For the fitting I checked how round 1 of the body fitted with the mobile. That being ok, I continued with the rest of the rounds and I was checking periodically by inserting my mobile.

I made three cases closely following the colour suggestions of the pattern. The first one was green and blue (I used Stylecraft Special DK 1259 – Bright Green for the body and Stylecraft Special DK 1829 – Empire for the wings and the head), the second one was red and brown ( I used Stylecraft Special DK 1010- Matador for the body and Stylecraft Special DK 1054 – Walnut for the wings and the head), and the third one was majestically white (I used Stylecraft Special DK 1001 – white for the whole owl). The legs and the yellow eyes were made with Stylecraft Special DK 1114 – Sunshine and the brown eyes of the green owl with Stylecraft Special DK 1035 – Burgund. For the eyes I used dark coloured Acrylic stones in different sizes and for the nose I found some nice fitting oval brown wooden buttons.

white owl

I should note that for the red/brown owl that was bigger than the size of the pattern, I had to modify the flap of the head so as to fit my measurements. I made the base as long as the the body was and then started decreasing gradually from both sides so as to make it triangular and reach a row with 3 stitches. That’s why it seems to be a bit longer than the rest of the owls.

I hope the girls enjoyed their presents as much as I enjoyed making them!

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