I love making crochet items for the home, and I also love a puff stitch! Ever since making the zig-zag puff stitch cowl I’ve been looking for something else to use the stitch on.
I’m also on a bit of a frugal kick at the moment focusing on re-using and recycling rather than buying brand new so when I was in need of storage boxes for a shelving unit in our bedroom I decided to whip up some myself using only yarn I already had in my stash.
I opted to keep the colours quite neutral to match our bedroom. The top basket is made with Hobby Crafts Hug it Out yarn in colour way Shell. I had approx 2 balls left over which turned out to be the perfect amount. The cream yarn is an unknown yarn that was gifted to me, I think it’s King Cole but it is a chunky weight yarn in cream with brown speckles. I’ve also mixed into one of the baskets a copper sparkly yarn by Rico called Creative Lame.
I had to double up the chunky weight cream yarn to make it stiff enough to work with so the sides of the basket stood up firm with no sagging. No one wants a saggy storage basket! If you’re using Hug it Out that yarn is so super chunky you can use just one strand and it makes the perfectly sturdy basket.
As you can see I’ve really mixed and matched different weight and textured yarns and the baskets have still turned out great so this is a great stash buster of a project.
I opted to use a slightly smaller hook than would normally be recommended for the thickness of the yarn but I wanted the stitches to be tight without giving my hands a hard time to absolutely make sure the baskets would stand up sturdy.
I’ve popped a rough pattern below for you if you want to whip them up yourself. I say rough as sizing and stitch counts will obviously vary depending on what size baskets you want and the yarn you use but I’ve given you the basics so you can get going and fill your home with handmade baskets!
Crochet hook (I used a 12mm)
Chunky or super chunky Yarn
Abbreviations (UK terms):
St – stitch
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Tr – treble crochet
Ss – slip stitch
Fpdc – front post double crochet
Puff – puff stitch
We are going to start with the base which will be worked in joined rounds and should create a circle. The pictures shown in this pattern are using a different (smaller) yarn and hook just to make it easier to show you.
Start with a magic circle
Dc 6 into the magic circle, join with a ss to your first st
Ch2 (this doesn’t count as your first st), 2dc in the same st and each around, ss to join (12)
Ch2, 2dc in the same st, *dc in next st, 2dc in the following one* repeat between * till the end of the round, ss to join (18)
Ch2, 2dc in the same st *dc the next 2 st’s, 2dc* repeat between * till the end of the round, ss to join (24)
Ch2, 2dc in the same st *dc in the next 3 st’s, 2dc* repeat between * till the end of the round, ss to join (30)
Continue adding rounds working a dc into 1 stitch more than the round previous before you increase with 2dc each time until your base is the size you want you basket to be.
Do not ss your last row, instead leave it like this and remove your hook
You then want to insert your hook from BEHIND into the first st of your round (the one you would have ss into if closing the round) and then pop the yarn loop over the hook as well (see pic below for what you should end up with).
Now complete a ss by yarning over and pulling through the loop on your hook and the st. Your work should look like this when done…
We are now going to start working up the sides by working around the posts of the stitches rather than in the tops like normal. so ch1 to start
You will now work a fpdc around the first st. See the below photo for where you are inserting your hook. Insert your hook under the post, yarn over and work a dc as normal
After doing the first fpdc you will insert your hook into the same hole your hook came out of before on the previous st in order to create the next fpdc. This is what a few will look like once you’ve got started.
Continue till the end and ss as normal to complete the row.
Now we will work the zig zag puffs. Start by chaining 2 which will not count as a st in each row.
Skip a st, tr in the next st, now insert your hook in the st you skipped and work a puff stitch.
*skip 1st, tr, insert hook in skipped st and work a puff* repeat this until the end of the row. Ss to the top of the 1st puff to join.
Ch2, again skip 1 st and then work a tr in the next, insert hook in the skipped st and work a puff. You will be working your puffs on this row just the left of the previous row. Repeat this till the end and ss to the top of the first puff to join.
Repeat the above until your basket is the right height. Once you’re happy we can do the final row.
Ch2, dc in each st around and ss to the first dc to join.
And you’re done! Basket complete. Weave in all your ends and start using that beautiful crochet basket.