Friday, 28 December 2012

Crochet Rose Basket

Hello beautiful people, I know you are feeling wonderful. How do I know? Well, these last few days as I toured thru Blogland, I saw beautiful pictures of warm family gatherings, lovely decorated trees, snowmen, scrumptious goodies to eat, little children enjoying the festive season...some of them for the very first time and of course lots of gorgeous gifts. So I can safely say... a good time was had by all  :)

It did make me feel a little lonely as we are practically friendless here in Ahmedabad. But not to worry as I have all of you, my dear friends out there. Blogging really brings friends right into our homes doesn't it? Along with pictures of our crafts we share pictures of our homes, our children, pets, grandkids, kitchens and occasionally even bathrooms. Which is sometimes more than what we share with our non-bloggy friends...no? Hmmm, I love Blogland.

Now first of all let me welcome some new friends who have joined us;
Elisabeth from Elizy Art
Salete from Sacroche
Andreia Santos from Refugios dos Pontinhos
Aishwarya from Aishwaryas World
Roos from Freubeldingetjes
Yufang from Hollywood Cerise
Isha from Keep Crocheting
Beena from Beenascreations
Maria Nazareth from Maria's Creations 
and Lakshmi Kumar.
A warm welcome to all of you. If I have not mentioned your name please drop me a line with the URL of your blog.

I know I have not been posting much.  Actually I have been very busy with my hook but not so busy with my camera...(what with my recent hospital stint making me realise that life is short). While in hospital my thoughts kept running back to the loads of yarn at home which I had not yet opened from the packaging or ...fondled enough...hehe. As you all are aware one good photo on the blog means ten other photos taken in different places and light conditions, and I did not want to put my hook down to do that. I have been crocheting like crazy and I hope to share a few projects before 2012 comes to an end. Of course there is always 2013, now that the world has decided not to end itself  ;) !!

Today I want to share this lovely crochet Rose Basket. The pattern is from a Japanese book and I have been wanting to try it out for a long time. As you can imagine there was a lot of guesswork involved but I finally managed to get it done. It may not look like the pic in the book but I am quite happy with it. So here it is;


I have used Laura knitting cotton from THIS stash and a 3.0 mm hook. Initially I planned to click step by step photos to show how it was done, but along the way I realised that it was quite simple. And you can make it without a pattern actually. 

So here goes;
Just choose your favorite granny square with or without flowers, join six of them together.
 




Now crochet a circle as big as the ring formed by the granny squares. This is the pattern I used from the original pattern.

 
Then attach the circle to your granny ring with slip stitches. 


There your lovely basket is done! You can use it to keep your cosmetics, keys, jewellery, etc.


How do you like it? So, do you think I am going to use it on my dressing table?
Nah... of course not, I am going to use it as my crochet work basket... hehe.



The colors are a bit boring but this was also a way to reduce my stash. Next time I am going to try different colors and also a thinner thread. 

Did you like the basket? If you do decide to make it, please do send me the link to your blog post or atleast send me a picture of your basket. I would definitely love to see it.

Lots of other FOs to be photographed so off I go.
Right now I am following "Grey's Anatomy" (love it) and "Packed to the Rafters" (like it very much) on the telly, what are you watching?

Looking forward to your comments. Take care and Happy Holidays.
Love and hugs xxx

24 comments:

  1. Love your basket ! And thanks for your kind words.
    Happy New Year to you and your family !
    Hug
    Anna

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  2. Aey... lovely. It looks pretty. Did you block it... i mean starch it to make it firm?

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    1. Hi Aishwarya, No I did not block or starch it. Laura knitting cotton is very thick and it is standing up on its own. Maybe after washing it may need some starch.

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  3. Happy New Year. Hope all health issues are put behind in 2012. The basket is beautiful. My mother also made blocks like you have and put together so many warm jackets for us !

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    1. Dear Radha, Glad you liked the basket and that it brought back memories. A jacket is also on my list. :)

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  4. That basket is adorable!! I want to make one right now!!! Off to dig through my stash! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial, it's great gift idea!
    Happy New Year!

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  6. Ooooohhhh!!!! I love it!!!! Happy New Year!!!! Kisses!

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  7. Very pretty basket dear. The grey makes the yellow and orange stand out very nicely!!

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  8. Nice basket! Good use of stash:) is the basket so firm with Laura yarn that it doesn't require any handle to hold ? I don't like to starch crochet items but haven't come across any perfect yarn which is not too hard on fingers yet creates a firm object.

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    1. Hi Preeti, I have not starched the basket. The "walls" of the basket are standing upright. But it behaves like a fabric basket and cannot be picked up, a handle will be for decorative purpose only and will not help in lifting the basket as it will fold and collapse. I have never starched my crochet but I am thinking that my doilies might look nice with a little bit of starch. Maybe next time. :)

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  9. wowwwwwwwww..Thats really lovely yaa..Thanks for sharing.
    Well Happy new year to you too !!

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  10. Hi Sangeetha
    The basket is beautiful, never tried anything like this
    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year 2013 with lots of GOOD health
    Maria

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  11. That is a great little basket. I'm surprised the sides stay up as well as they do. I've made a few baskets but none with granny squares likes this. Very unique. Glad that all is well in your corner of the world. Look forward to seeing what else you've been up to. Take care! Tammy

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  12. what a great idea for a hooking basket :)

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  13. This basket is so lovely !!! And i love the colourful look !! Beautiful !

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  14. My first thought was it's the perfect Easter Basket for a crochet enthusiast!

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  15. Hi, Lovely basket but where do i find d tutorial of the granny square with this rose

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  16. Hi Sangeetha, i love your granny squares basket & thought i could make them as gifts to my mom & mom-in -law. I would like to use the same ones you used, could i have your pattern? Thanks.

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  17. Hi Sangeetha. That basket is really enchanting & i would love to make it as a gift. I wonder where i could get your granny squares pattern that you used? Thanks.

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