Striped Basket

What would you do if Brett Bara, the editor of Crochet Today! sent you eight vibrant colors of Debbie Stoller’s fabulous Stitch Nation Full O’Sheep 100% Peruvian wool and asked for a 12″ diameter, striped tapestry crochet basket somewhat like the coiled baskets below?

Coil basket

Coiled Baskets
These four coiled baskets served as inspiration for the tapestry crocheted basket.

Well, what do you think of my solution?

Beautiful Basket in July/August 2010 Crochet Today!
The carried yarns contribute to the sturdiness of the basket and the hefty looking โ€œcoilโ€.

This basket is not for beginners because it’s quite a challenge to carry seven colors at the same time! How did I keep the yarns from tangling? Well, I placed them next to each other as shown below and let the yarn cross over the others close to the fabric each time I switched colors.

Beautiful Tapestry Crochet Basket
Seven colorful yarns were carried while one was tapestry crocheted.

The tight gauge hides most of the carried yarns, but some of them pop through, especially on the back of the fabric.

Front Detail of the Beautiful Basket
Front detail of the Beautiful Basket in July/August Crochet Today!

Back Detail of the Beautiful Basket
Back detail of the same tapestry crocheted basket.

I thrive on challenges, so I really enjoyed designing and crocheting this project. If you like a challenge, too, then this basket is for you!

17 Responses to “Striped Basket”

  1. Julie says:

    OMG, that is beautiful!!!!

  2. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Wow! It’s stunning!

  3. Elizabeth D says:

    What issue will that be in? I have to buy a copy to hang onto until my skills catch up. . .

  4. It’s in the current issue – July/August 2010.

  5. Lisa says:

    What a great design ๐Ÿ™‚ It would have been a real challenge to stop the seven colours from tangling up while you were working. How long did it take to complete?

  6. I crocheted this in a few days because of a publication deadline. I usually take my time and do a little each day, but I didn’t have that luxury with this piece!

  7. Bob Cook says:

    Another fabulous design Carol!! I just finished making the call to buy the issue. Carrying 3 strands isn’t so hard for me to do anymore, so I’m REALLY ready to take on this challenge ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. annie says:

    Absolutely beautiful work! An excellent use of the yarns! Just striking! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Char says:

    Can you give some advice. A friend and I keep trying to make this gorgeous basket. But we are doing something wrong. Neither one of us can keep the basket flat until you stop increasing the stitch count. When my friend tried a second time, it stayed flat but was limp. She thinks that the sc are too tall and she worked too loosely. How do you keep the basket flat and work tight enough to give the basket the right firmness?

  10. What is the gauge? The stitches in this basket are very small and tight; the gauge is 23 sts and 16 rows = 4โ€/10cm. Many of my projects are not flat until I steam iron them, though. What happens when you iron the piece (even before it’s finished)?

  11. Paulette Perez says:

    Hi, where can I get this pattern now since it was published a year ago. It is so very pretty.

  12. I don’t own the copyright, so I don’t have the pattern, but you can still order a copy of the original magazine at Sometimes Ebay has them, too.

  13. […] crocheted the first version (below) with some Stitch Nation Full Oโ€™Sheep wool left over from my Beautiful Basket project. The arrows looked great before the bag was felted, but afterwards they lost too much […]

  14. Daniela says:

    Dear Carol,
    I would like to ask some informations about the baskets
    that appear in the first and second photos of the post.
    It seems that a simple cotton or woolen yarn has been crocheted
    around a really thick yarn or a cord.

    Thank you for your works,
    your interesting blog,
    and your art.

  15. Those baskets are not crocheted. Instead, a thick core is wrapped with colorful cord or yarn.

  16. judy anderson says:

    Hi Carol,
    The 2010 issue of Crochet Today is no longer available. I am interested in the tapestry crocheted basket pattern.
    You came to my house in Goodlettsville and taught a 2 day class several years ago

  17. Unfortunately, they own the copyright, so I can’t send you the pattern. Sometimes old magazines are available on EBAY.

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