This week is a continuation of the Spa Gift Basket pattern series. Last week we kicked things off with the Tunisian RIB washcloth and this week I want to share with you the Spring Tunisian Crochet Basket Pattern which you can use to put in everything you make (and any extra goodies you like). This basket was the part of the spa set that I actually spent the most time on. It took me forever to find a stitch pattern on the outside that I was happy with. I knew from the start I wanted the basket to be made using my new double ended Tunisian Crochet hooks, and I also had some knitcraft In the Zone yarn in yellow and white set aside to give it a nice spring feeling. But the real struggle is was finding a stitch count I was happy with. After experimenting with stitches that were new to me and also stitches that I already knew, it turned out that what looked best was the good old Tunisian simple stitch and after figuring that out the rest of the basket was easy.
Getting Crochet Baskets to hold their shape can sometimes be tricky, and for this basket I chose to line it with a fat quarter fabric in yellow and white which I had lying around. In between the fabric and the crochet I used plastic tapestry canvas to help the basket hold its shape. Finally I added a few strands of some raffia in a contrasting lavender colour tied around the outside and I love how this just finishes off the basket. The colours, and pattern really help to give this basket a definite spring feeling and made this the perfect basket for my spa gifts to go in. However, this basket is multi functional and can really be used for putting in anything you like, I have also used it as storage for Lily’s hair bows too!
If you are crocheting the spa basket along with me and have already made the washcloth from last week then you will find the pattern for the Spring Tunisian Crochet Basket Pattern below. Please join me next week where I will release the pattern for the Honeycomb Face Mitten. See you then,
Tunisian Spring Basket
- Materials and Resources
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this —
- Knit Craft in the zone 100g balls in the following colours
- 8mm double ended Tunisian crochet hook
- 1 large sheet of plastic tapestry canvas
- 1 fat quarter to line the basket
- Small amount of raffia for decoration
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker
- Stitch List
Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern. All terms used are American.
- Sc – single crochet
- Ch – chain
- Sc inc – sc increase
- m/c – magic circle
- sl st – slip stitch
- TSS – Tunisian simple stitch
- RP – return pass
- MC – main colour
- CC – contrasting colour
Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.
- There is no specific gauge for this basket, just work as you normally would. It may end up a slightly different size to mine, but that doesn’t really matter.
- Some knowledge of working Tunisian crochet in the round is require for this pattern. I will not go into that here, you may use youtube as a guide.
- The finished basket has a diameter of 24cm and a height of 12cm.
Basket Base – work holding 1 strand of white and 1 of yellow together
|1||8 sc in m/c||8|
|2||(sc inc) x 8||16|
|3||(sc, sc inc) x 8||24|
|4||(2 sc, sc inc) x 8||32|
|5||(3 sc, sc inc) x 8||40|
|6||(4 sc, sc inc) x 8||48|
|7||(5 sc, sc inc) x 8||56|
|8||(6 sc, sc inc) x 8||64|
|9||(7 sc, sc inc) x 8||72|
|10||(8 sc, sc inc) x 9||80|
|11||TSS in MC (white)||80|
|12||RP in CC||80|
|13-32||Repeat rows 11-12||80|
|33||Tunisian cast off in MC and sl st. Sew in ends|
- Cut out the plastic canvas so you have a disk to go on the bottom of the basket and a length to go around the inside of the side.
- Cut out the fat quarter a little larger than the canvas to allow for a seam allowance.
- Sew the rectangle sides together to make a ring which will fit around the inside edge
- Sew the rectangle to the circle at one end.
- Insert the plastic canvas inside the basket and put the lining on top of that. Sew the lining to the top of the basket to secure in place.
- Decorate by tying a few strands of raffia around the basket in any colour that compliments your basket.
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