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Crochet Bedside Basket

featured image for the crochet bedside basket blog post. light grey basket filled with jewlery surrounded by scissors, yarn, needle, and crochet hook.

Oh goodness! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve published a blog post. Since my last post I’ve moved into a new house! And with a new house, comes new organizational issues.

Case in point, my bedside table. It’s a disaster pretty much all the time. Frankly, I’ve lost things on it. It’s also an old family piece that I painted several years ago, so I’d really like to show it off, not bury it under junk! And unfortunately, my watch and ring have made a few chips in the paint on the surface. That’s no good!

Enter my solution: a crochet bedside basket! I looked around a bit for patterns that already existed, but I couldn’t find anything that really suited my needs. There are some beautiful crochet basket patterns out there, but I simply didn’t need anything fancy or large. Ideally I wanted something about as wide as a standard bowl, only a few inches deep, and cushioned enough to prevent any more dings in my piece of furniture!

After not finding anything to suit my fancy, I decided I would just design one myself! After all, I’d already decided I didn’t need anything fancy or large… how hard could it be? So I went to my craft room, pulled out yarn from my stash, a hook, and went to work!

I’ll be honest, what I came up with is extremely simple – and it’s exactly what I needed! It’s the perfect size to hold all my jewelry, soft enough to prevent dings in the paint on my piece of furniture, and I already had the yarn in my stash! Plus: it hardly took any time at all to make!

Enough of my jabbering! On to the pattern!

All you need to know to make this basket is how to single crochet, crochet in the round, and crochet in the back loop!

Materials:
P (mm) crochet hook
Lion Brand Fettuccini (Fabric) Yarn (also known as Zpagetti. Unfortunately this yarn was discontinued, but another super bulky yarn should work just fine)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
inc: 2 single crochet in the same stitch
flo: stitch in the front loop only

Pattern notes:
Worked in continuous rounds. If that bothers you, you’re welcome to join with a slip stitch after each round and chain one to begin the next row.

Pattern:

Round 1: ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)
Round 2: inc around (16)
Round 3: *sc, inc* around (24)
Round 4: *sc, sc, inc* around, sl st into first stitch (32)
Round 5: sc in flo around (32)
Round 6-7: sc around (32)
Round 8: sc around, sl st into first stitch (32)
Break yarn & weave in ends.

Optional: turn basket inside-out. It all depends on your preference here; I turned mine inside-out because I preferred the look.

And that’s it! You have a finished crochet bedside basket! This is also super easy to modify. If you want a wider basket, add more rows of increases before Round 5. If you want a taller basket, add more repeats of Round 6. Smaller basket? Remove some of the increase rounds. I’m considering making a smaller one myself to hold some coasters on my coffee table!

Let me know what you think! If you make a bedside basket, I’d love to see your finished product! Feel free to tag me (@heatheredhandmades) in any posts on Facebook or Instagram!

Don’t want to make one yourself? You’re welcome to contact me and request a custom crochet bedside basket!

I’d also really appreciate it if you pinned this post on Pinterest! Feel free to use the image below!

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Crafting for a Cause: Special Olympics

Special Olympics Texas Scarf

I started knitting about 3 years ago and crocheting 2 years ago. I had no idea it would happen, but knitting and crocheting has become a part of my everyday life. I carry yarn and hooks/needles everywhere I go. Seriously… everywhere.

However, I quickly ran out of things to make for myself! Thankfully, that didn’t mean my yarn crafting days were over! My friend Julie introduced me to charity crafting. I still get all the joy of knitting and crocheting with the added bonus that I’m crafting for a cause. I’ve made things for several different charities, but today I want to share one project in particular with you: Special Olympics scarves.  Continue reading Crafting for a Cause: Special Olympics