How to Crochet a Round Basket From Gardening Twine

Crocheted Basket Made From Gardening Twine

A Round Basket Made From Gardening Twine
A Round Basket Made From Gardening Twine | Source

Made From Three Easy Stitches

You simply use three common crochet stitches to form your basket.

A Jute Basket You Can Make in Record Time

If you like baskets, why not crochet your own? You can quickly make a round, crocheted basket in hour or two out of common gardening twine.

I've long been intrigued at the thought of making crocheted bowls and baskets and sure enough, there are lots of patterns available for these items. YouTube has some great video tutorials, which not only walk you through the process but can be invaluable when you are trying to decide on a look for a basket and what materials to use. What you use makes a huge difference to how your basket will look, but fortunately, no matter what you decide on, in most cases you can use crochet to fashion an attractive-looking basket.

Crocheting is one of the easiest methods to create a basket and it's an excellent method of "coiling." And all without having to master complicated weaving techniques and having to work with multiple pieces of raw material or having to cut out strips and sew them before starting and then having to sew each round to the row underneath. A crochet hook facilitates the joining of each round. You don't need a loom, you don't need a frame, you don't need a sewing machine. Nothing could be easier.

Additionally, because you can buy your twine already ready to go, this also makes the process that much easier. There's no preparation of materials ahead of time, so "fast and easy" is the name of the game.

A Word About This Basket

For this particular basket, jute is used instead of yarn. Jute is a bit stiffer so it lends that quality to the basket. It also resembles wicker somewhat, so if you want a natural-looking basket made from natural fibers, this may suit very well.

Because of its texture, jute creates a realistic, slightly fuzzy, rougher basket. If you are a fan of baskets made from plant materials or of wicker, gardening twine is a good choice and it's far easier to source your materials.

Materials

The next time you are at your local hardware store, grab a couple of skeins of green or beige jute twine. You'll need a size 3-5 crochet hook. Adjust your hook size depending on the thickness of the twine and depending on whether you work loose or tight.

  • 2-3 skeins of jute garden twine, 140'/43m, 3-ply
  • Number 4 hook

Stitches Used in This Basket

Simple stitches are all that is needed:

  • chain stitch
  • single crochet
  • slip stitch

The single crochet is a tight, sturdy stitch, which serves well for adding overall "denseness."

Forming Basket Bottom

Starting a Jute Basket
Starting a Jute Basket | Source

How to Start This Basket

This basket is started with a beginning loop. The loop allows for your first round of stitches. After the first round is completed, you pull the tail to tighten the center ring or hole.

Basket Bottom

You'll find your basket bottom works up quickly.

Row 1: Form a loop and work 8 sc in loop. Ss to join

Row 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch (16 stitches), ss to join

Row 3: 2 sc in each stitch (32 stitches), ss to join

Row 4: 1 sc in each stitch, ss to join

Row 5: 1 sc in each stitch, ss to join

Row 6: 2 sc in each stitch, ss to join

Row 7-10: 1 sc in each st, ss to join

Starting Basket Side--a Neat Trick Gives You a Seam

Starting Basket Side
Starting Basket Side | Source

Forming Seam Around Bottom Edge

Row 11: Sc in front of each stitch; ss to join, ch 1, turn. This row forms the outside edge for the bottom of the basket and creates a nice-looking seam.

Want a Larger Basket?

For a larger basket, a third skein of twine can be used and more rounds worked. Twine can also be purchased in larger skeins.

Forming Your Basket Sides

Rows 12-17: Sc in each stitch.

Ss and fasten off. This uses up the second roll of twine.

Roll basket edge outward.

Crocheted Basket Tips

  • Select hook size depending on the thickness of jute.
  • Pull a strand of twine through first stitch to mark where each row begins or use a stitch marker. Because of the fuzzy look of jute, it can be hard to determine the actual first stitch.
  • Crochet in first stitch for each round (some patterns call for a ch 1 before proceeding with each row but this leaves a visible loop/gap in the joining span.
  • When attaching the new skein, the new strands should be woven in at the joining area. Twine can vary in color and dye lot and joining it at the seam will make for a better blending of colors.
  • Carry the extra two strands from the first and second skein at the back of the work and make sure to crochet them in, working around them as the row is worked.

Caution

Jute fiber is rougher than yarn so caution is necessary to guard against blisters. While a smaller basket can be made in one sitting, if you are making a larger basket, it might be better to do it in a couple of sessions.

Money-Saving Tip

If you plan on making a number of baskets, I would recommend purchasing larger skeins of twine. The smaller skeins, such as you find at a hardware store, are more expensive, and if you have to buy a number of them to complete a project, this adds up.

Prettying Up Your Basket

It's always fun to get creative and because this basket is so simple to make, you may decide to add decorative elements.

  • Beads: Large wooden beads can be added to your basket. How to add them? Before starting work, slip beads onto your twine. It might not hurt to add extra beads because as you work your rounds, you might decide to incorporate more beads. When you come to an area where you want to add a bead, slide it along your jute strand and work it into your design. When you've finished your basket, you can easily remove any leftover beads from the end of your twine strand.
  • Feathers: Feathers can add to the look of a basket. These could be attached to the outside with fabric glue.
  • Fancy Stitches: Why not get creative and if you have a favorite crochet stitch, add it into a round or two of your basket to create interesting texture.
  • Scalloped Edging: If you are making a smaller basket and choose to not to fold over the lip, a scalloped edge can help to finish your basket.

Finished Basket With Rolled Edge

Finished Round Basket
Finished Round Basket

Rolled Edge

I opted to roll the edge of this basket. It looked better and also helped to add stiffness. I added potpourri and this made a great container for it.

What do You Think of My Crocheted Basket?

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Ready to Make Your Own Basket?

Crocheted jute baskets make functional and attractive décor items for the home and better still, when you crochet them, whipping up a basket is as easy as a crochet hook and some colored twine.

My Favorite Basket Book

I can't say enough good things about Baskets For All. The designs are superb and there is something in there for pretty much any level of crafter. I like that Annie's Crochet also includes heavier-weight yarns, which are my personal favorite for stiffer, sturdier baskets. By the time you finish reading through and trying some of the baskets in this book, you will have gained a much better understanding of what elements come together to create a basket that you can be proud of. I give this one three thumbs up. Designs that aren't just mediocre but that truly are worth making.

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© 2012 Athlyn Green

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Dolorus,

I actually made a round rug and put roses on it, then added a fringe. I was very pleased with the final result. I used a rose pattern from the graph in a Magic Crochet book and cross-stitched the roses on the rug.

To answer your question, you could easily make a place mat using twine. As well, you could make a round heat pad, for hot pots.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Although I don't crochet, I had to check this one out. It's lovely! What a great idea. Voted up and tweeted! I am wondering if you could make a round place mat this way, without the high edges.


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Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

Very clever! Will try to make one with your instructions. Thanks.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Moonlake,

These baskets only require three easy beginner crochet stitches. Keep checking because I'll soon be posting a Hub detailing crochet stitches with instructions on how to execute them.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Billy, I had a male cousin who used to knit beautiful sweaters. I think the time is coming when more men will get into crocheting. So many practical items can be made, from blankets to sweaters to hats to socks and so on, that the modern male on a budget may find that making his own stuff is a good undertaking.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Susan,

These are so easy to make. I'm seriously hooked! Thanks for stopping by.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love this idea of crocheting baskets. You've given me some great Christmas gift ideas. Sharing and voting up. Thanks!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I just stopped by to show you some support...obviously I'm not going to crochet.....well-written hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

What a cute idea. Looks nice. I don't know if I can remember how to crochet enough to make one. Voted up and shared.

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