One of the major perks of being a self-employed crochet designer is the opportunity to work with other small, handmade businesses. I had the chance to collaborate with not one, but TWO awesome Etsy sellers and the result is the Jenna Stash Basket, now available as a free pattern!
The Jenna Stash Basket was born out of another pattern that I whipped up one afternoon. I’d been gifted some gorgeous t-shirt yarn from Knitz N Purlz and turned it into a tall basket to use when carting my yarn from room to room.
The yarn I received from Knitz N Purls was nicer than any other t-shirt yarn I’d worked with. And I was so pleased that Irina had dozens of different colors to choose from. The first iteration of the Jenna Stash Basket was made in a pretty taupe color. Click to shop the full selection from KNITZNPURLS.
But, while working on the pattern, I realized that I HATE constructing basket bases. They’re so time-consuming and never as sturdy as I want them to be. So, I put the pattern in hibernation until I could come up with a better solution.
Little did I know, a solution was on its way! My lovely friend Jenna of A-Cute Design is dabbling in the world of laser cutting. She made me these custom #YARNLOVE basket bottoms, inspired by the segment of the same name from my YouTube podcast. How fun!
Working with a wooden base to make crochet baskets is the godsend I needed. The hard part of the project is already done – wood bases take the place of needing to do tricky crochet math to make the bottom of a basket. Instead, simply crochet into the holes of the base to start building the sides of the basket. It’s truly genius! Click to shop #YARNLOVE basket bases!
After another shipment of Knitz N Purlz beautiful yarn arrived, it was time to make the final version of the Jenna Stash Basket. And what a beauty she is! The finished basket measures about 14″ wide, 6″ deep and 7″ tall. I love that it stands up on its own, the base is solid, and I can finish the whole project in less than 2 hours.
Are you ready to make your own Jenna Stash Basket? Let’s get started!
–2 balls of t-shirt yarn from KnitzNPurls (approximately 175 yards)
–1 #YARNLOVE basket base from A-Cute Design (limited quantities available!)
–7mm crochet hook (an 8mm should work as well)
-Stitch Marker (optional)
14″ wide, 6″ deep, 7″ tall
- BLO = back loop only
- Ch = chain
- Sc = single crochet
- Sk = skip
- St(s) = stitches
- Wcs = waistcoat stitch
–SPECIAL STITCH: Waistcoat Stitch (wcs) – insert hook between left and right leg of stitch from front to back, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
Use this video to make your Jenna Stash Basket from start to finish:
ROUND 1: Starting on the long side of the basket base in the hole to the far right with the right side facing you, pull up a loop, sc in each hole around, finishing with a sc in the hole where the first loop was pulled up. DO NOT JOIN. Continue to work in a spiral. (74 sc)
ROUND 2: Sc around.
ROUNDS 3-13: (Wcs, sc BLO) around. (74 sts)
ROUND 14 (begin handles): (Wcs 1, sc BLO 1) 4 times, wcs 1, ch 11, sk 9 sts, (wcs 1, sc BLO 1) 13 times, wcs 1, ch 11, sk 9 sts, (wcs 1, BLO 1) 10 times.
ROUND 15: Continue in pattern to first chain space, sc 15 around chain, continue in pattern to next chain space, sc 15 around chain, continue in pattern to complete round.
FINISHING: Cut yarn. Weave in the final end using the invisible finish (see video for details).
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Thanks so much for checking out the Jenna Stash Basket pattern! I hope you have as much fun making it as I did! Share your basket with me on Instagram using the hashtag #TLYCMakers. And show off your hard work in the TLYCMakers Facebook group too!
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