Small Crochet Coiled Basket Photo Tutorial

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Here is a small crochet coiled basket that took an afternoon to make.  It measures about 5 inches across and about 3 inches deep. I made it with yarn crocheted over the top of plastic-coated wire clothesline cord.  To see other versions and instructions for crochet coiled baskets, check out these previous blog posts:

Crochet Coiled Basket Experiment and Crochet Coiled Basket Guidelines & Ideas

Photo Tutorial for a Small Crochet Coiled Basket

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Fiber Art Reflections Coiled Crochet Basket Tutorial

My husband bought this yarn for me. Isn’t he a sweetie? This is Red Heart with Love yarn in Waterlily. I used a size G crochet hook.

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Chain 4 and close with a slip stitch. Row 1: 8 sc in circle. Row 2: 2 sc in each sc for a total of 16 stitches.

 

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Third Row: 2 sc in each stitch around. 32 total stitches. Mark last sc with a stitch marker. Fourth Row: *1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 40 total stitches. Move stitch marker to the last sc in this round. For next round, begin crocheting over the clothesline.

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Pull up a loop to begin a single crochet stitch. Lay the clothesline cord over the top of the yarn, and then lay the crochet hook over the clothesline. Then do the yarn-over step of the single crochet stitch. Finish the single crochet stitch as usual.

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Here’s what it looks like after the first few single-crochet stitches over the clothesline cord. Starting with this round, do one sc in each sc of the previous row. Don’t do any increases. This will create a basket with straight sides.

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Continue single-crocheting over clothesline cord. Insert hook into sc of previous row and under the cord…

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

…pull up a loop and then yarn-over and complete the sc stitch

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Here’s what it looks like on the back side

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Here’s what it looks like on the front side

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

 

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Here it is about 3/4 of the way around on the first round with the clothesline cord. Do not close the round. Just add a stitch marker when you come back around to the beginning. This is a coiled basket so it is done in a continuous spiral fashion with no distinction between rows. Using a stitch marker to keep track of the end of one row and the beginning of the next is helpful to know where to end the final round. I did 7 rounds with the clothesline cord. You can do less or more depending upon how shallow or deep you want your basket to be.

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

As you come around to the end of your final row, cut the clothesline cord. Be sure it is long enough to reach the end of the row.

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

The final stitches of the last round of clothesline cord.

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Do a round of single crochet stitches

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

Final round of single crochet stitches completed. At this point you can stop or you could do a round of crab stitch (backwards single crochet) to give it a more finished look. You could also use a yarn needle and whip-stitch all the way around. Or you can do a ruffly finishing round as in the next photo.

 

Fiber Art Reflections: Small Crochet Coiled Basket Tutorial

For a ruffly border, do 3 sc stitches in each sc of the previous row. Slip stitch to close round and then weave in the tail.

22 responses »

  1. Wonderfully put together tutorial. I’m looking forward to giving it a go – did some many years ago and really enjoyed the process.

  2. I purchased a couple of books on crochet tapestry and both of them put together still were not as clearly instructed as your tutorial! Now I understand it. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hi Martha! Is your question about the final row? If so, I cut it to line up with where the final row will end. I do this before my crochet stitches for the last row get all the way to the end. I cut the cord first, in the spot I want the row to end. Then I crochet up to it. The very final round is a round without any cord at all. Pictures 15 and 16 sort of show what I mean. I hope that is helpful! If not, please let me know I can try to explain it better.

    • Hi Janet! Great question. When you look at the third picture, viewing the completed piece upside down, you’ll see that it is all going the same direction. When I switch from creating the base of the piece, and start working up the sides, I keep the “wrong side” to the inside of the bowl. That then makes the direction appear to switch from counterclockwise to clockwise. However, it is all still going the same direction.

      To demonstrate this, take a pencil in your hand and look down at it from above. Start moving it in a circle, counterclockwise. Keep doing that and don’t change directions. But raise the pencil above your head and look at it. It will now appear to be going clockwise, even though you didn’t switch directions. It all has to do with the direction you look – your perspective.

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