Rubber Ducky Basket

Rubber Ducky Basket

The Rubber Ducky 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
Aqua – appx 150yds
Black – appx  3 yds

Bernat Maker Fashion
Yellow –  appx 70 yds
White (Orange)** – appx 8 yds
**See below for information on how I made the orange yarn needed for this project

PDF Graph of design:  Download here!!
Rubber_Ducky_Basket_Graph

Finished dimensions: 

Gauge is not necessarily important on this project, but the gauge I ended  up with was about  5 stitches per inch.

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
sc blo – single crochet back loop only

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:   At the time I was designing this basket, an orange option was not available in the Bernat Maker line.  Because of that, I used a skein of the Bernat Maker Fashion yarn in white, and dyed it using RIT dye (follow the instructions on the package) in “Tangerine” to get a nice bright orange.  This method worked really well, and is one I will likely use for other projects using this yarn when I need a specific color!

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 (96)

You should now have a basket bottom that looks like this, with 96 total stitches ready to work the graph pattern on.

R9 – ch 1 (place a stitch marker in your ch 1 loop to mark the beginning of each row), sc blo in each stitch all the way around.  Join to your marked st with a sl st.  Ch 1 to begin the next round and replace your stitch marker in the ch1 st (96)

BASKET SIDES:

R10 – R31  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.

NOTES:  I carried the black and orange colors only on those rows.  I carried the blue and yellow yarns throughout the entire project.

The design had to be modified ever so slightly to fit into the confines of 96 stitches.  COUNT YOUR SQUARES carefully as you proceed along up the graph.  Sometimes there may be 11 squares of blue between each duck, and sometimes 12.  This is not noticeable in the finished product, but it will really mess up the design if you assume the same # of squares everywhere.  I do my best to make my designs perfectly symmetrical, but sometimes it doesn’t work out.

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 the embroidery needle to “pre-poke” (technical term, clearly, lol) the 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!  Then, stuff your basket full of baby gifts, yarn, or your rubber ducky stash!  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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3 thoughts on “Rubber Ducky Basket

  1. Where do I get the graph? Has instructions for bottom and ends there. Tells you to follow graph when I scroll down no graph.

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