Hello, everyone! What a cold, snowy week we are having here. In fact, most of the country is experiencing well-below average temperatures and well-above average snowfall. Just another reason to cuddle up with my crochet hooks and yarn!
Today I wanted to share with you a couple crocheted hanging baskets I made and gifted for Christmas this year. These hanging baskets are incredibly versatile; put it by the door for your keys, glasses, and face mask, use it for your pet’s toys and leash, or hang it next to your favorite lounge spot to hold any miscellaneous items. If you know someone who lives in a dorm or other small living scenario, this basket works so well for hanging next to the bed to hold your phone, lip balm, book, etc.
I found this pattern on one of my new favorite websites for crochet and knitting patterns: One Dog Woof. ChiWei, the woman behind One Dog Woof, has such a great perspective on fiber arts. In her website “about” page, she shares, “…it wasn’t until I had kids that I felt the need to learn to crochet and knit so I could leave them with tangible handmade representations of my love.” Isn’t that the sweetest sentiment? I share in her perspective that things I make are tokens of me and my spirit, spread about the universe for my loved ones.
This hanging basket pattern is incredibly accessible because it can adapt to any size crochet hook + yarn pairing. I used Berroco Vintage Chunky in the color “charcoal” for the dark grey basket and Cascade 220 Superwash in the shade “garnet” for the red basket. For both of these, I believe I used a size H/8 crochet hook. Changing the yarn gauge and hook size can help to make your basket support more or less weight. These are so easy to whip up — it’s worth experimenting to find your desired fabric and weave.
This pattern starts with a magic circle, which is a technique that for some reason, I always have to look up to make sure I’ve got it right. I like to follow this video as a reminder each time a pattern calls for a magic circle. The beauty of the magic circle technique is it sets the rest of the project up perfectly without any odd gaps. Though this basket begins with a magic circle, it soon transitions to a triangle by working a few extra stitches in the middle stitch, causing the top to bump out into a triangular shape. To assemble, the bottom two corners are folded in towards the middle, overlapping one another, to create the envelope-style basket.
This basket is so versatile and practical. It comes together quickly and is ultra-giftable. This is a great project to use up any yarn you have that isn’t as soft. (We all have that skein of yarn that we don’t know what to do with; maybe this hanging basket is the solution!)
Be sure to check out other projects from One Dog Woof while you’re visiting her website. She has some very detailed patterns that I highly recommend. Coming next week is another project I made from her pattern collection, so stay tuned for that, too.
Until next time, happy crocheting!