My dad is impossible to buy for. He has everything. Seriously. He’s always gracious but he’s just not the type of person with a lot of wants in life which can really make 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 crochet jute basket.
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After an enjoyable time with the popcorn, movies and wine, this basket now holds a box of facial tissues and resides in my parent’s office. Gotta love a gift that continues to be used! This crochet jute basket is so easy and very fun to make! Let’s dive In!
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
- 2.5 oz. Worsted weight Cotton yarn. I used Lily Brand Sugar N Cream in Ecru color (see note)
- 10-11 oz. Natural Jute, 3 mm Twine (see note)
- Tapestry needle and scissors
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Finished jute basket is 11.5” long x 7” wide x 4” tall. (Note that this includes about 1.5” of the white “cuff”, so if the white part was extended, the side would be 5.5” tall.)
Note: Basket uses 2 strands each of worsted weight cotton yarn and Natural Jute twine. The Jute twine was purchased at Hobby Lobby. Two strands are held together in this project. I used 2 balls of each for convenience sake, however you could use only one ball and wind it into two smaller balls for this project.
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).
This completes the bottom of the basket. Now get ready for basket wrangling! Next, we’ll 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.
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 smaller, I9/5.5 mm 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)
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