Making: Sheet Yarn Basket

Making: Sheet Yarn Basket

The intention was to make a knitting basket for myself. You know, something to keep the balls of yarn safety out of reach from the cats (since I recently woke up to find an entire skein wrapped around the legs of the coffee table). I even found a cool, easily modifiable pattern for a crocheted stash basket at Yarnspirations. And I had a bunch of Sheet Yarn I’d made and dyed with tea some years ago (Sheet Yarn Tutorial coming soon!).

 

 

It was gonna be awesome!

The cats, however, had other plans.

 

 

Seriously, these two would not stay out of this basket! I don’t know if it was the soft sheet yarn, or the fact that it was basket shaped, or just something new, but they would jump right in whenever I set it aside. As the basket grew, my plans for using it to store my yarn dwindled.

I realized I was now crocheting our new cat toy basket.

 

 

I mean, how could I not be cool with this? It’s so cute – the frayed, tea-stained sheet yarn worked up nicely – and it’s soft enough for the kitties to grab their toys or just climb in and take a nap. And now we have a place to store all the toys. Everyone wins. Well, my yarn is still in danger of being wrapped around the coffee table, but that’s a small price to pay for happy cats.

 

I modified the pattern quite a bit, so I figured I’d share my version here. I intended it to be loose and rustic looking, which the sheet yarn plays into very well, so I’m not even including a gauge. Feel free to size up or down with your crochet hook to get the stitch structure you like.

 

Sheet Yarn Basket

 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Approximately 19″ diameter x 10 inches high

 

MATERIALS

 

ABBREVIATIONS

CH = Chain

FLSC = Single Crochet working into front loops only

BLSC = Single crochet working into back loops only

SC = Single Crochet working into both loops

SLST = Slip Stitch

 

INSTRUCTIONS

CH 2

Round 1:  6 FLSC in 2nd CH from hook. Join with SLST in first SC. Place marker.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 FLSC in stitch around, Join with SLST in first FLSC. 12 stitches.

Round 3: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch, 1 FLSC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 18 stitches.

Round 4: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 2 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 24 stitches.

Round 5: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 3 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 30 stitches.

Round 6: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 4 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 36 stitches.

Round 7: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 5 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 42 stitches.

Round 8: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 6 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 48 stitches.

Round 9: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 7 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 54 stitches.

Round 10: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 8 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 60 stitches.

Round 11: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 9 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 66 stitches.

Round 12: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 10 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 72 stitches.

Round 13: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 11 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 78 stitches.

Round 14: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 12 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 84 stitches.

Round 15: CH 1, *2 FLSC in next stitch,  1 FLSC in next 13 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join with SLST in first stitch. 90 stitches.

Round 16: CH 1, work 1 BLSC in each stitch around. Join with SLST in first stitch.

Round 17: CH1, work SC in each stitch around. Join with SLST in first stitch.

Repeat last round until work measures approximately 10 inches

 

HANDLES

Round 1: CH 1. SC in each of the next 20 stitches. CH 6. Skip next 6 stitches. 1 SC in each of the next 39 stitches. CH 6. Skip next 6 stitches. 1 SC in each of the next 19 stitches.

Round 2: CH 1. 1 SC in each of the next 20 stitches. 10 SC in next 6 CH spaces. 1 SC in each of the next 39 stitches. 10 SC in next 6 CH spaces. 1 SC in each of the next 19 stitches.

Round 3: CH 1. 1 SC in each stitch around. Join with SLST to first stitch. Fasten off.

 

If you try my Sheet Yarn Basket pattern, I’d love to hear what you think!! Please leave a comment below or instagram with the hashtag #makeadlib . Don’t forget to tag @makeadlib so I can see your beautiful creation!

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