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Looking for an easy way to store your yarn cakes? The Totally Textured Crochet Storage Baskets is an easy beginner crochet pattern featuring lots of texture. A quick make and stash buster project, these baskets work up quickly and are a great way to store yarn cakes. Read on to find out how to make your totally textured crochet yarn storage baskets.
Who doesn’t need more baskets? Like am I the only one who buys things and then has to buy more things to store them in so that I can have some semblance of order in their home? One thing I have a lot of is yarn cakes in my stash, but if you have read my tips on how to work with yarn cakes, then you will know that sometimes it can go wrong and one thing that I recommend is using a yarn bowl.
Life being what it is, the readily available yarn bowls don’t generally fit the cakes I buy from Hobbii or custom cakes as they are not big enough. Playing about with my yarn, I realised that I could make a crochet storage basket for my yarn cakes.
Being an opportunist, I decided to use a stitch pattern that I already knew I could achieve in the round from the Marian Bay Collection. While working on the samples for my easy crochet storage baskets I realised that I could have multiple sizes and use a couple of different stitch patterns, but the same component stitches, and achieve a matching or coordinating set and an idea was born.
Crochet storage baskets – yarn love
To make my set of crochet storage baskets I used both Paintbox Simply Aran and Chunky in the colours Washed Teal – pictured below, Marine Blue, Paper White and Slate Grey. I’m designing with my stash and have these yarns around from other projects – Marian Bay Throw and Craggy Coastal Cushion.
For the Aran versions of this basket, I used 100g of yarn working with two strands of yarn held together and a 6mm hook. For the chunky version I used a single strand of yarn and a 5.5m hook with the same instructions and they worked out exactly the same!
Totally textured yarn baskets pattern info & tips
The written pattern includes instructions for 2 sizes of this basket and 3 alternative stitch textures for the ‘wall’ of your crochet storage baskets. Although this is worked in the round for the entire pattern, I believe that the stitches and techniques used are totally suitable for beginners and most will have tried all of the stitches involved.
Terms: written US crochet terms.
Skill level: Beginner, Easy
- Single Crochet
- Half Double Crochet
- Double Crochet
- Back Loop Single Crochet
- Front Post Treble Crochet
At Home Crochet Blog Hop – collab
The Totally Textured Yarn Baskets were featured in the At Home Crochet Blog Hop, hosted by my friend Joanna of High Desert Yarn – thanks for including me. Every day for 2 weeks in April 2021, a different pattern was featured that is something that you can use or make in your home.
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Below you will find the instructions to make your crochet storage basket in the alternative alpine stitch pattern in 3 different sizes. If you have previously used the Alpine Stitch, in patterns like the Craggy Coastal Cushion, then you will notice that I have tweaked the stitches used a little – this is why it is called the alternative alpine stitch – the theory and placement is the same, but the stitches used are a little different to ensure that the baskets held their structure a little.
Yarn: 70 – 100g of Paintbox Simply Aran OR Paintbox Simply Chunky
Hook: 6mm Aran, 5.5mm for Chunky
- Pattern includes instructions to make 3 different sizes of basket
- This pattern is made as one piece from the base up
- This pattern can be made using either 2 strands of Aran / Worsted weight yarn held together, OR one strand of Bulky weight yarn
- I did not turn when making the base – if you prefer to turn on each round do so. If you choose to turn while making the base note you must NOT turn once making the body. Flip your work so that the right side is facing before you start this round – a note is placed in the pattern at the right place.
- Ch3 counts as a dc
- Ch2 counts as a hdc
- Ch1 does not count as a sc
- Magic Ring – mr
- Single Crochet – sc
- Half Double Crochet – hdc
- Double Crochet – dc
- Front Post Treble Crochet – fptr
- Back Loop Single Crochet – blsc
Ch3 – counts as a dc, 11 dc into the ring. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beginning ch3. (12)
Ch3, dc in the same st, 2dc in each stitch around. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg ch3. (24)
Ch3, 2dc in the next st, [dc in the next, 2dc in the next st], repeat round. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg ch3. (36) for the smallest size move onto the body here – this will fit a Scheepjes Whirl sized cake
Ch3, dc in the next st, 2dc in the next, [dc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in the next st], repeat round. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg ch3. (48) for the medium size basket move onto the body here (will fit a non standard sized/custom gradient cake)
Ch3, dc in the same st, dc in the next 3 sts, [2dc in the next st, dc in the next 3 sts], repeat round. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg ch3. (60) this largest size will fit a Twister or Twirls Deluxe from Hobbii comfortably and the smaller baskets can be stacked inside when not in use.
I have restarted the round count here as the finished height of your basket is measured from here.
Ch1, blsc in the same st, blsc in each st around. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg blsc. (S-36/M-48/L-60)
Ch3, dc in each st around. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg ch3. (S-36/M-48/L-60)
Ch1 (does not count as an sc), sc in the same st, sc in each st around. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg sc.
Ch3, fptr around the the dc two rows below, [hdc in the next st, fptr around the dc two rows below] repeat round. Join with a sl-st in the top of the beg ch3.
Ch1, sc in the same st, sc in each st around.
Rounds 6 – 11:
Repeat rounds 4 and 5 3 more times
Ch2 – counts as a hdc, hdc in each st around. Join with a sl-st in the top of the beg hdc.
Tie off and secure your ends.
I hope you enjoyed the post and look forward to seeing your Totally Textured Yarn Baskets !
Pop into the Facebook Group and let me know what colour you plan to make your baskets in and share your progress.
Bye for now,