Saturday, March 17, 2007

Rustic Easter Basket - free crochet pattern

Easter is sneaking up on us and I have been making some little baskets. I decided this year away with the pastel pretty stuff, and to come up with something a bit more earthy. So I have created a few Rustic Bush Baskets.



These remind me of the ones the Indigenous women make in the territory. The following links are 2 great human projects that involve Aboriginal women in remote outback Australia. I just love the texture and colours of the Tjanpi women's craft. You might also like to look at their crocheted beanies. The use of colour and texture is wonderful.

http://www.tjanpiaboriginalbaskets.com/Index.html

This is also a good link, which has some interesting stuff re Easter as well. I am not catholic, but I admire the approach.

http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion/lentenStories2.htm

So my basket is very simple, uses earthy colours and can be made with scraps.

It measures about 5cm/2inches high plus handles and is about 10cm/4 inches wide.

Here is the pattern, in both Australian and British terms. While I have used acrylic yarn, I reckon they would look pretty cool in scrap cotton yarn, or even string.




Rustic Easter Basket
Australian Instructions

Yarn is 8ply, double knit or worsted weight, with a 4mm hook.
Four earthy colours are used in example.

Basket Base Colour A
1. 4ch into 4th ch from hook work 2tr, 3htr, 3tr, 3htr slst into top of start ch =12.

2. 3ch, 1tr same place, (2tr next st) twice, (2htr next st) 3 times, 2tr next st 3times, (2htr next st) 3 times, slst join

3. 3ch 1tr same sp, 1tr next st, (2tr next st, 1tr next st) twice, (2htr next st, 1htr next st) 3times, (2tr next st, 1tr next st) 3 times, (2htr next st, 1htr next st) 3times.

Basket sides Colour B
1. 1bpdc join at last st worked, 2ch, 1bptr each st around slst join= 36

2. 1fpdc 2ch first st, 1fptr each st around slst join.

3. Colour C, work as for row 2

4. 1round 1dc each st, slst join

5. Colour D, slst join 1dc next 2st, 1fptr around tr in row 3, *miss 1dc, 1dc next 2, missing 2 tr in row 3 1fptr around next tr. Repeat from * around slst join. = 12 fptr

6. 1dc next 9st, 10ch handle, miss 6st, 1dc next 12, 10ch handle, miss 6st, 1dc next 3 slst join finish off.

7. Colour A, 1dc each st and each ch of handle around, slst finish off and weave in ends.



Rustic Easter Basket
American Instructions

Yarn is 8ply, double knit or worsted weight, with a 4mm hook.
Four colours are used in example.

Basket Base Colour A
1. 4ch, into 4th ch from hook work 2dc, 3hdc, 3dc, 3hdc slst into top of start ch =12.

2. 3ch, 1dc same place, (2dc next st) twice, (2hdc next st) 3 times, 2dc next st 3times, (2hdc next st) 3 times, slst join

3. 3ch 1dc same sp, 1dc next st, (2dc next st, 1dc next st) twice, (2hdc next st, 1hdc next st) 3times, (2dc next st, 1dc next st) 3 times, (2hdc next st, 1hdc next st) 3times.

Basket sides Colour B
1. 1bpsc join at last st worked, 2ch, 1bpdc each st around slst join= 36

2. 1fpsc 2ch first st, 1fpdc each st around slst join.

3. Colour C, work as for row 2

4. 1 round 1sc each st, slst join

5. Colour D, slst join 1sc next 2st, 1fpdc around dc in row 3, *miss 1sc, 1sc next 2, missing 2dc in row 3, 1fpdc around next dc. Repeat from * around slst join. = 12 fpdc

6. 1sc next 9st, 10ch handle, miss 6st, 1sc next 12, 10ch handle, miss 6st, 1sc next 3 slst join finish off.

7. Colour A, 1sc each st and each ch of handle around, slst finish off and weave in ends.


So I hope you enjoy making these. They look kinda cute filled with eggs and sweets. At least my emu chicks liked it!

Easter doesn't have to be all bunnies, pastels and chicks. There are a lot more things that come from an egg than chickens!

Thanks for looking, and take the time to read the links and spare a thought for our Aboriginal women. Some of them do it pretty tough.



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pattern. Love the Emu's also. They really look cute.

Mary Jo

Anonymous said...

I love the baskets and thank you for the pattern.

The Emu's(?) are very cute and colorful.

Keep it up.

Mary Jo

Anonymous said...

Thanks cupcake for your inspirations ! Val

Anonymous said...

hi
cute and creative work keep it up

Terena said...

Great work.

Easter Gifts said...

Great work. Unfortunatly we cant find these kinds of things in market. This is the perfect home made easter gift.

Anonymous said...

In the beginning you state the instructions are in Australian and British. However, you have written American. Are they British or American? As an American, I am not sure what is meant in some of the directions, but it could be that I just don't have enough experience. Thanks!