Cactus Basket

Cactus Basket

The Cactus Basket  is crocheted using the modified single crochet stitch for tapestry crochet which creates straight vertical lines of stitches.  You can learn how to do that stitch on this YouTube tutorial via All Tapestry Crochet (alltapestrycrochet.com).

PLEASE NOTE:  The modified stitch is only used for the part of the basket that is following the graph.  All other crochet stitches in the pattern are using the normal method.

Supplies Needed:

Hook Size:  4mm
Yarns Used:
Bernat Maker Home Dec
Cream – 1 skein
Green – 1 skein

Tapestry Needle, Scissors, etc
Leather straps for handles (optional)
Embroidery thread or additional yarn for handles (optional)

PDF Graph of design:  Download here!

CACTUS BASKET PDF

Finished dimensions

Gauge is not necessarily important on this project, but the gauge I ended up with was about 17 stitches and 14 rows per 4” square.

The finished basket measures approximately 10″ wide by 12″ tall.

ABBREVIATIONS:  (Using American Terms)
Ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet

BASKET BOTTOM

Ch 5

Sl st into the first chain on the round to form a loop, ch 3

R1 – 12 dc’s into the center of the loop, join with a sl st into the first ch 3 of the round (12)

R2 – 2 dc’s into each stitch of the previous round, join with a sl st into the 3rd ch 3 st of the round (24)

R3 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next stitch*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (36)

R4 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 2 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (48)

R5 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 3 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (60)

R6 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 4 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (72)

R7 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 5 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (84)

R8 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 6 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (96)

R9 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 7 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (108)

R10 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 8 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round, ch 3 (120)

R11 – *2dc’s in first stitch, 1 dc in next 9 stitches*  repeat all the way around the circle, join with a sl stitch into the first st of the round (132)

You should now have a basket bottom that looks like this, with 132 total stitches ready to work the graph pattern on.

Ch 1 to move up to the next row, and place a stitch marker in the ch 1 stitch to keep track of the beginning of the new row.

 

BASKET SIDES:

R12 – R45  follow the graph provided, doing one modified sc in each st in the round.  At the end of each row, sl stitch into your marked stitch, ch 1, and move the stitch marker to the new ch 1 stitch.  (This ch 1 stitch does not count as the first stitch of the graph – but is rather a way of beginning each new row.)  You will end up with a slight seam up the back of the basket that should be relatively unnoticeable.

NOTES:  I carried both colors of yarn throughout the entire project.

FINISHING DETAILS:

These are optional ideas that just add that finishing touch!

I chose to add a crab stitch edge to the top of my basket – I think it gives a nice finished look.  Watch this fabulous tutorial by Bella Coco to learn how to do the crab stitch.  A single crab stitch all the way around yields this nice finished edge:

I also chose to add two leather handles to the sides of my basket, this was very simple.  I picked up some leather straps at my local craft store (found in the sewing supply section), and hand stitched them on using an embroidery needle and thread.   Use a small hole punch to create 4 evenly spaced holes at the ends of each handle.  Stitch them on using a back stitch method, and then fasten the strings on the inside of the basket with a double knot.

 

Viola!  Step back and admire your handiwork!

My final thought on this cute basket is that adding a plastic basket liner may help it keep it’s shape better when it’s empty!

All designs are originally created by Stephanie Lewis and copyright protected.  For personal use only  – you may sell finished items you make with this pattern, but please do not sell the pattern itself.

Enjoy!

 

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2 thoughts on “Cactus Basket

  1. Hi Steph,
    I just started your adorable and unique basket. Should there be chain 3 in rounds 8, 9, and 10?
    Thank you, Susie

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