My dad is impossible to buy for. He. Has. Everything. He’s always gracious but he’s just not the type of person with a lot of wants in life. Which makes gift giving a challenge. This year I decided to design a crochet jute basket pattern. Super easy and so fun. I filled it with 2 movies, some microwave popcorn and two mini bottles of wine. I’ll be honest… the mini wine bottles came in a 4 pack.. two of them MIGHT have accidentally on purpose been consumed by a certain crocheter. Gulp. Well.. you know what they say… give what you love. And I do love this jute basket.
You guys… you won’t even believe how easy this is to make and super fast!
Crochet Jute Basket Pattern
Here is what you will need:
- US I9/5.5 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- US P19/15 mm plastic crochet hook. Here’s a set that includes the P hook on Amazon
- 2 Balls worsted weight Cotton yarn. I used Lily Brand Sugar N Cream. (see note)
- 2 Balls of Natural Jute Twine (see note)
- tapestry needle and scissors
Note: I used 2 balls of worsted weight cotton yarn and 2 balls of Natural Jute twine. I bought the Jute twine at Hobby Lobby. You use 2 strands at a time. You could probably get one ball of each if you were willing to unwind half so you could use 2 strands at once. That seemed like way too much work for me, so I went ahead and bought 2 of each. You will also need 2 crochet hooks: size I and size P. Size P is a big plastic hook.
You can adjust this to any size rectangle or square you want. This is about the size of an oblong facial tissue box.
With the P hook and 2 strands of Jute twine, ch 13
R1: sc in 2nd ch and across, ch 1 and turn (12 st)
R2-7: sc across, ch 1 and turn (12 st).
Bottom done! Good job! Now get ready for basket wrangling! What you are going to do is single crochet around the rectangle and make the rows going up the basket. The basket is fairly bendy and you feel like you’re wrestling with it a little. You might have to encourage it to bend or not bend this way or that and to make the corners somewhat corner like. It gets easier the further up you go and once you do the trim at the top it stays in place pretty nicely. You’re awesome! This is going to look great! Here we go…
R8: sc around, working 7 sc on each short edge and 12 sc on each long edge. Start to form the sides, encouraging them to bend up and bend around the corners the best you can as you go along. Sl st to the 1st sc in this row. (38 st)
R9-14: ch1, sc around, sl st to 1st st (38 st). Fasten off the Jute twine and say goodbye to that plastic size P hook!
You now should have a crochet jute basket that looks like this:
Now you will use 2 strands of cotton yarn and the I crochet hook. Since you will end up flipping this down over the basket and you want the finished edge to be on the right side, flip your work around so you are working with the inside of the basket facing you.
Attach the cotton yarn to any stitch on the short side and ch 1.
R15: 2sc in ea stitch around, sl st to 1st sc. (76 st)
R16-19: ch 1, sc in ea st around. (76 st)
Flip the trim piece over and see what you think. Work 1 or 2 more rounds if you want. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
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