Basket - heart pattern

Heart basket

The heart design on this basket makes it perfect for Valentine's Day themed project.

I have discovered the Fair Isle technique and I think this basket is really easy to make and works up quickly.

This basket can be gifted on different occastions like Valentine's Day, Mother's day or even other important events. It can be used as home decor, as crochet hooks holder (like I do :)) or just to store pencils and other desk items.

Video tutorial

Materials

I have used:

  • Cotton yarn: T-shirt yarn (red and white colors)
  • Hook: 10mm

Abbreviations:

  • sc - single crochet
  • wc - waistcoat stitch (center post stitch)
  • ch - chain
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • bl-sc - back loop only single crochet stitch
  • inc - increase (two sc in the same stitch)
  • (...) - represents the sequence that will repeat
  • x and number - the number of times to repeat a sequence

Notes:

WC - waistcoat stitch, which is also known as center post stitch is made the same way as a single crochet stitch. The difference is that wc is worked right into the middle space of previus stitch (not the top space), insert hook in the middle space of the V that is formed on previous row.

When working on the height of the basket, after attaching the second color (white in this case), we'll carry both yarns along (on the back side), up until the basket is completed. This way the consistency in thickness is maintained.

Every row starts with ch 1 and ends with a sl st into the first stitch of the row.

The pattern is written in US terminology.

Pattern

Base:

Start with the red yarn:

Row 1: 6 sc in magic circle

Row 2: (inc) x6

Row 3: (wc, inc) x6

Row 4: (2 wc, inc) x6

Row 5: (3 wc, inc) x6

Row 6: wc in each stitch around

Height:

Row 1: bl-sc in each stitch around

How to change colors?

  • insert hook into the next V space
  • pull up one loop of first color yarn
  • yarn over with second color yarn to complete the wc stitch

After these stepts are completed, you'll be able to continue with the second color yarn.

Make sure to carry along both colors, on the back side of your work.

Change colors step 1
Change colors step 2
Change colors step 3

Check out the diagram to see when to switch to white color on each row.

Row 2: Make 15 wc red, 1 white (so that this one is made in the middle), continue with red color until the end of the row

Row 3: 3 white wc stitches in the middle

Row 4: 5 white wc stitches in the middle

Row 5: 7 white wc stitches in the middle

Row 6: 7 white wc stitches in the middle

Row 7: 2 white, 1 red, 2 white wc stitches in the middle

Row 8: wc in each stitch around, with red color only

Row 9: sl st in each stitch around

Heart diagram

Done!

Enjoy your new basket! :)

Heart basket

Hope you liked this tutorial! :)