Crochet Easter Basket

I love Easter – I’m not religious, but for our family it’s an opportunity to do lots of craft activities with Pip, and means that Spring is on it’s way and the weather will soon be a bit warmer – fingers crossed….no sign of it yet!

This year we don’t have any major plans but we will be joining some of our friends for a walk around Greenwich Park.  Pip loves the idea of the Easter Bunny so this year she’s going to don some bunny ears and give out some eggs to our friends…giving me the perfect excuse to make her a little Easter basket! 

I’ve developed a bit of an addiction to t-shirt yarn, it’s fantastic for bowls and baskets, I’ve even used it to make a rug. Zpaghetti is one of my favourite brands but I couldn’t resist buying some Scheepjes Noodle Print yarn recently.  They have some great designs but their floral ones are perfect for spring and Easter.  

So here’s a picture of the Easter basket I’ve created, I wanted it to have a rounded bottom (all the better for storing more eggs) and not be too large as Pip is only little, so it has to be manageable to carry.

  

Here is my free pattern in case anyone wants to make a similar one 🙂 

Crochet Easter Basket Pattern:

Yarn:

Colour 1: I used a blue shade of Hoooked Zpaghetti

Colour 2: Scheepjes Noodle Print (floral)

I used a 10mm hook.
(US terms, if you are using UK terms do a double crochet instead of what I’ve called single crochet here)

Make a magic ring using colour 1, 6 single crochet into the ring and tighten (6 stitches)

  1. 2sc into each stitch – make sure you place a stitch marker in your first stitch (12)
  2. Sc in first stitch, then 2sc in the next. Repeat *sc, 2sc* around. (18)
  3. Sc in each stitch (18)
  4. Sc in each of the first two stitches, then do 2sc in the next. Repeat around (24)
  5. Sc in each of the next three stitches, then 2sc in the next stitch – repeat around (30)
  6. Sc in each stitch around (30)
  7. Sc in first four stitches then 2sc in the next, repeat around. (36)
  8. Sc in first five stitches then 2sc in the next, repeat around (42)
  9. Sc in each stitch around (42)
  10. Sc in each stitch around – do not complete final stitch, instead after pulling up a loop, finish the stitch using your other colour yarn (this is the point of colour change)
  11. Sc in first five stitches, then sc two together (sc2tog) – repeat around (36)
  12. Sc in first four stitches, then sc2tog, repeat around (30)
  13. Sc in each stitch (30)

To make the handle:

From where you are on the round, Ch 20 (if you want a longer or shorter handle then just adjust the chain length), slip stitch to join in the 15th stitch around from where you currently are (it will be opposite where the chain started).

Once joined, continue to sc around the basket until you get to where the chain started. Then 20sc around the chain you previously made (this thickens and strengthens the handle). Once done, continue around the other side of the bowl with sc.

Finish off and weave in your ends.
I hope this is straight forward to follow but any questions please do leave me a comment below, and if you do make one using this pattern I would love to see it, so do send me a picture or tag me on Instagram (@holly_pips)

Xx

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Yarn pegs – Playing with Colour

I’ve been meaning to make some of these yarn colour pegs since I saw the idea on the lovely Attic 24 blog last year.

 I’ve always been a fan of Stylecraft Special DK yarn and have amassed quite the stash by working on various projects.  I tend to have favourite colours I use more than others – magenta, turquoise, aspen….I’m definitely a fan of the ‘cooler’ shades of the spectrum! But I want to play around with colour combinations more, which is why these pegs are perfect.

  

They are so easy to do – no glue necessary – just clamp both ends of yarn in the end of the peg that opens.  Its also great for using up little scraps!

Stylecraft have just brought out a shade card which is handy if you don’t want to make your own, but I like being able to move the colours around and sit them next to each other – and wooden pegs are pretty cheap (I found some bargain pegs on amazon).

It turns out I have 46 of the 72 shades in my stash – I honestly thought it would be more! (I also highly suspect I have some more hidden around the house which I have hidden so well from hubby I have forgotten where it is!). I’m resisting the urge to rush out and buy the missing shades…I can add to this collection as and when I use the colours for new projects.

Anyway I’m already having fun playing with colour schemes…here’s a pic of the colours I used for my just-finished Cath Kidston inspired blanket:

   

And here are the colours from another recent blanket:

 

  

 I also got hold of the three newest shades of Stylecraft Special DK – Sage, Storm Blue and Parma Violet, I think they go beautifully with Silver and Wisteria (mental note to make something with this colour scheme!)

 

  

And here’s a peek at the colours for my next project- an order for a friend…can you guess what it will be?

  

There’s been a great discussion on my Instagram this morning about people’s favourite shades – pomegranate, fondant, sherbert and cloud blue all seem very popular! I’d love to hear what your favourite shade is if you want to leave me a comment – I must try and get out of my colour comfort zone 😉

x

Sunburst Granny Baby Blanket

One of my recent crochet goals was to try out sunburst granny squares and last month I finally got time (ignored the other WIP’s) to give them a go.
I used the tutorial from Eda’s Crochet Room which was really straight forward and I love how pretty they look.
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It was also an excuse to buy more of the Caron Simply Soft yarn which I used previously for my V-Stitch blanket. Despite being acrylic it is incredibly soft and has a lovely sheen to it.
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For this blanket I used the following shades:
– Off White (2x skeins)
– Robin’s Egg
– Strawberry
– Blackberry
– Lemonade
– Soft Blue

Using the 5 different colours to make different colours combos for the rounds, I made 5 of each design, before completing 3 normal granny rounds in Off White.

With 25 squares completed the blanket was a good baby blanket size (5×5). In hindsight it was a bad idea but I thought I’d try sewing the squares together instead of my usual join-as-you-go approach – this took soooo much longer! (and used extra yarn!) But I got there in the end…then it was time for a simple border – HDC rounds in yellow, green and lilac with slip stitching and picot edging on the final round. And here it is….

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