1. Use the knit single crochet in both body and base to make a strong basket that can hold its shape.
How to make it?
Instead of inserting the hook in the top of the single crochet stitch as you would normally do. You should insert the hook in the middle of the single crochet posts and make sure that the hook come out from the middle of the back posts too. Pull up a loop and then pull up another loop. Knit single crochet done!
NOTE: it is important to pull up the loop from under the working yarn from right to left.
2. Use the invisible single crochet round start to keep its look coherence.
How to make it?
After making your last single crochet in the round remove the hook from the loop and insert it in top of the second single in the round (insert the hook from the wrong side of the work). After that pull up a loop from the right side to the wrong side of the work.
Remove the hook from the loop and make sure that the loop stays in its place then insert the hook in the middle of the first single crochet of the round (insert the hook from the right side). After, cast the loose loop on the hook and pull up a loop. Last thing left to do is to pull up another loop and to continue to crochet in the new round.
NOTE: it is important to pull up the loop from under the working yarn from right to left
3. Use the invisible fasten off in the last round to have a clean and invisible finish.
Before we start and increase you want to modify the pattern to any size you prefer keep in mind the following rules:
1. Always start with 6 single crochet.
2. In the rounds that consist of an even number before the increase, you should divide the first set of stitches in half. The first half is to be made in the beginning of the round and the second half is to be made in the end of the round.
For example, round eight normally it consists of *6sc, inc*. What we want to do in this case is to divide the number of stitches which is “6” in half. Three of them in the beginning and the other three in the end of the round.
Like this: make 3 sc (the first half) then an increase. After that repeat the set *6sc, inc* five times. You will be left with 3 stitches (the second half).
3. The round that consist of odd number will remain the same.
- Single crochet – sc.
- Single crochet increase – inc.
- *Repeat the set mentioned inside*.
Round One: 6 normal single crochet stitches inside a magic ring.
Round Two: inc all around (Start to use the knit single crochet from this round and on all the next rounds).
Round Three: *1sc, inc* six times.
Round Four: 1sc in the first stitch and an inc in the 2nd stitch. Repeat *2sc, inc* five times and 1sc in the remaining stitch.
Round Five: *3sc, inc* six times.
- FASTEN OFF HERE IF YOU WANT A MINI BASKET -
Round Six: 2sc in the next two stitches and an inc in the 3rd stitch. Repeat *4sc, inc* five times and 2sc in the remaining stitches.
Round Seven: *5sc, inc* six times.
- FASTEN OFF HERE IF YOU WANT A SMALL BASKET -
Round Eight: 3sc in the next three stitches and an inc in the 4th stitch. Repeat *6sc, inc* five times and 3sc in the remaining stitches.
Round Nine: *7sc, inc* six times.
- FASTEN OFF HERE IF YOU WANT A MEDIUM BASKET -
Round Ten: 4sc in the next four stitches and an inc in the 5th stitch. Repeat *8sc, inc* five times and 4sc in the remaining stitches.
Round Eleven: *9sc, inc* six times.
Round Twelve: 5sc in the next five stitches and an inc in the 6th stitch. Repeat *10sc, inc* five times and 5sc in the remaining stitches.
- FASTEN OFF HERE IF YOU WANT A LARGE BASKET -