Beaded Jute Crochet Basket

Jan 4, 2006
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by Donna Hulka

Introduction

Jute BasketIf you’ve ever staked plants in your garden, chances are you have a spool of jute twine lying around the house. Put it to a fun, new use with this beaded crochet basket pattern. If you don’t have any jute, you’ll find what you need with a quick stop by the twine section of your local hardware store. While you’re there, take a look at some of the other twine available; you may just find yourself crocheting with alternative materials you never considered before.

Materials List

  • 45 yards of 2-ply jute twine (available at hardware stores)
  • Size K (6.5 mm) hook
  • 14 beads, approximately 10-12 mm diameter (exact size is not critical)
  • 1 yard hemp jewelry cord
  • blunt-pointed needle with eye just large enough to thread jewelry cord
  • Finished Size

    Approx 4½ inches diameter and 2 7/8 inches tall.

    Gauge

    Rounds 1-5 = 4¼ inches

    Notes

    US Pattern Notations Used
    ch = chain
    ch-1 sp(s) = chain 1 space(s)
    flo = front loop only
    sc = single crochet
    sl st = slip stitch
    st(s) = stitch(es)

    • blue beaded basketBeads are sewn into the pattern with hemp cord after the basket is complete, not threaded onto the jute. Hemp jewelry cord is usually available in small quantities (about 10-yard bundles) at craft stores or anywhere jewelry-making supplies are sold.
    • Some jute has an odor reminiscent of fuel while other jute is virtually odorless except for a very light scent of natural fibers. Give it a good whiff before you buy it. If it smells bad, buy it elsewhere.

    The Pattern

    Basket

    Make an adjustable ring by placing tail end behind working end of yarn, forming a loop.

    Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull tail end to tighten ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.

    Round 2: (Note: On this round, crochet over the tail left from Round 1 because jute is rough and it is much easier than trying to work the tail in later.) Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (16 sc)

    Round 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around, 2 sc in last sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (24 sc)

    Round 4: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc) around, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (32 sc)

    Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each of 1st 3 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc) around, 2 sc in last sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (40 sc)

    Round 6: Ch 1, sc in flo of each sc around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (40 sc)

    Round 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st sc (place marker in this st), sc in each sc around, do not join. (40 sc)

    Round 8: Sc in 1st sc (move marker to this st), sc in each sc around, do not join. (40 sc)

    Round 9-10: Repeat Round 8 twice.

    Round 11: (Note: Increasing by 2 on this round does not affect the shape of the basket, but evens out the number of stitches for the bead spaces made in Round 12.) Sc in 1st sc (move marker to this st), sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 19 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 10 sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (42 sc)

    Round 12: (Note: The ch-1 sps in this round form the spaces for placing beads later.) Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (move marker to this st), (ch 1 loosely, skip next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc) around, ch 1 loosely, skip next sc, sc in last sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (42 sc)

    Round 13: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (move marker to this st), sc in each sc and ch-1 sp around, do not join. (42 sc)

    Round 14: (Note: This round produces a nice braid-like effect around the top of the basket and adds stiffness to help support the round shape of the basket.) Sl st loosely in 1st sc (move marker to this st), sl st loosely in each sc around, sl st in 1st sl st to join. (42 sl st plus one for final joining.) Fasten off.

    Add Beads

    Thread needle with hemp jewelry cord. Ideally, your threaded needle will pass through the bead hole. If it does not, try enlarging the holes with a bead reamer or use a smaller-eyed needle if possible.

    Sew 1 bead into each ch-1 sp on Round 12 as follows (shown in Figures 1-3): with right side of basket facing you, proceeding in a circle around basket, secure end of cord, pass threaded needle through 2 sc, (thread 1 bead onto cord, pass needle through next 2 sc, lightly press bead into ch-1 sp) around, secure end of cord.

     

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    Comments

    on Nov 26, 2007 12:28 PM

    this looks awesome, can't wait to try it. i love the flexibility to create it to match my own decor! thanks for sharing!

    on Dec 2, 2007 7:41 PM

    I am working on this right now, using twine. Mine is quite coarse making my hands a little bit sore. But this is none the less a great pattern, and very easy to make bigger or smaller.

    Thanx for sharing!!

    fishhook wrote
    on Feb 28, 2008 7:54 PM

    I love this pattern! I finished one this weekend and have plans to make several more. I think it has GREAT potential for variation. For example, rows 7-11 could be used to incorporate pattern stitches. Depending on the pattern desired, you can increase to 42 stitches earlier and then arrange pattern rows AND the upper bead row based on multiples of 3 (or 6 or 7). OR, you could stick with 40 stitches for all the rows and use patterns based on multiples of 2, 4, 5, 8, or even 10. You can just change the bead spacing to compliment the rows below.

    I found that joining the rounds in rows 7-10 (and then ch1 up to the next round) looked acceptable and made it easier to use pattern stitches on the sides.

    Great use for that pile of leftover jute from my macrame youth.

    on Apr 21, 2008 2:40 PM

    I love flower pots so this is right up my alley!!! Can't wait to get started on it!

    I currently working on some toys from my newly purchased book "Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet" by Ana Paula Rimoli, she's a friend of mine from Etsy.com and I just love her patterns.

    This will definitly be my next project!

    NicoleM@21 wrote
    on Aug 9, 2008 5:58 AM

    Fantastic! I have some cord here which I have been thinking about using for something just like this. Thanks for posting your pattern, I'll be trying it out for sure :0)

    on Feb 8, 2009 6:26 AM

    I especially like the notes in parenthesis in the pattern instructions. Thank you for that. It makes it so much easier to visualize and I can't wait to try it.

    Terri Lynn1 wrote
    on May 4, 2009 5:35 PM

    I am amazed and awestruck. I do not know how to macrame and wnated to make something like this bowl and now I can crochet my plant hangers instead. Wow and thank you

    Josie@17 wrote
    on May 18, 2009 10:49 AM

    Any one have any advice on how to use jute or twine and not get blisters? I am making a rug out of twine, and i have a huge blister now. So I am now where gloves.

    Love this basket....will so be making one as soon as I finish my rug.

    athlyn2 wrote
    on Feb 24, 2010 6:16 AM

    I'm making two baskets, using this pattern. For the first, I picked up a lovely dark green jute twine; for the second, I found a varigated utility line made out of polypropylene and polyester. This is somewaht shiny and isn't rough, at all, so is easy to work with. My emerging basket lookes stunning with the wealth of colors.

    I would like to see instructions at this site for making a larger basket using this pattern.

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