Seashell Spa Basket
designed by Kim Guzman © Aug. 2018
Technique: Regular Crochet
- Tenn Well 3-ply twine (size about 2mm diameter) Click Here to View
- Size I [5.5mm-9] crochet hook
- Size N [9mm-13] crochet hook
- Stitch markers (or small pieces of yarn to mark stitches)
- Small shells (optional)
- Loctite Super Glue Professional Liquid Click Here to View
approx. 5″ x 11″
Take frequent breaks when working with twine or jute. It’s a challenge to use.
Project is made in the round with right side of work facing you at all times.
Crochet Pattern Instructions
With smaller crochet hook (see Materials list), make a continuous chain. I used a length of chain that was about halfway through the cone of twine. Don’t fasten off. Once you get a good amount, just pull up the loop or place a stitch marker in the loop so it doesn’t come out and you can continue with the chain, if necessary, when more “yarn” is needed.
You are literally using the chain as your yarn for this project. You just finished making your “yarn”. Do not think about it being a chain any longer. Think of it as a very thick yarn. If your hook is too small, you will know it immediately because you won’t have any success in trying to make loops in crochet. Go up in hook size as necessary.
Round 1: Starting with the beginning of the chain and the larger crochet hook (see Materials list), ch 15, sk 3 ch (counts as first dc here and throughout), 4 dc in next ch, dc in each ch to last ch, 5 dc in last ch, turn upside down, dc in underside of each ch across, sl st to top of beg ch-3: 30 dc. With stitch markers, mark the center dc of each 5-dc group.
Round 2: Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each remaining dc except 5 dc in each marked dc, sl st to top of beg ch-3: 38 dc.
Round 3: Ch 3, sk first dc, working in back loops only (the loop furthest away from you), dc in each dc around, sl st to top of beg ch-3: 38 dc.
Round 4: On the short ends of the basket, mark the 4 center stitches for the handles, ch 1, sc in each dc around except at marked stitches, [ch 4, sk 4 sc], sl st to first sc. The handles are purely decorative and serve no real purpose. If you prefer, simply work in single crochet around, without the spaces for the handles.
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around except work 4 sc in each ch-4 sp, sl st to first sc, fasten off.
Use glue, as necessary, to secure the cut ends of twine.
Use glue to attach shells, as desired.
Fill with spa and bath goodies then gift or display.