St. Patrick’s Day Rag Basket
Original Design By: Maggie Weldon
Copyright 2012 Maggie Weldon
Size: About 10″ diameter and 3½” deep.
Materials: Lightweight Cotton Fabric: Green – 5 yds White – 1 yd Fabric scissors Large blunt needle Sewing maching.
Crochet Hook: Size Q (16.00 mm)
Gauge: Round 1 = 2″ diameter
General Directions for Rag Baskets
Strips are cut in the direction of the selvage edge. Fold fabric in half lengthwise several times making sure you are still able to cut through all thicknesses. Cut into 3″ strips. Sew ends of strips together with right sides together leaving a ½” seam allowance.
For clean finished look on Baskets:
Fold each outer rough edge of strip into the center and then fold in half again. Holding edges together in this manner, make a beginning slip knot. Fold edges in as you continue to crochet the Basket.
Note: You may find it easier to iron folds before you begin crocheting the basket.
For a ragged look:
Crochet with strips as they are, folding in edges only at seams.
1) All amounts of fabric are based on 54″ width. If 45″ width is used, add 1 yard. If 60″ width is used, delete 1 yard.
2) Try a test piece with the fabric you’ve selected. If it seems to limp try increasing the width of strips.
Rnd 1: (Right Side) Starting at center, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with sl st to first sc. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around; join as before. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around; join as before. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around; join as before. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around; join with sl st to back loop of first sc. (32 sc)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each sc around; join with sl st to both lps of first sc.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, working in both loops, sc in each sc around; join as before. (32 sc)
Rnd 8: (Eyelet Round) Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 2, skip next sc, [sc in next sc, ch 2, skip next sc] around; join as before. Finish off and weave in ends.
Finishing – use photo as guide
– Starting with a long end, with White, ch 38. Finish off and weave in ends.
– Weave chain through Eyelet Round with right side of chains facing right side of basket. Weave in ends on wrong side of basket.
All Rights Reserved ©2012 Maggie Weldon