One of the great things about crochet is that it is easy to shape the fabric to create all kinds of fun and interesting projects. Crocheted baskets are a great use of leftover yarn, and they are useful too! In this video, Corrina Ferguson demonstrates how to crochet stacking baskets for your home.
Corrina begins by noting that these baskets are amazingly easy to make, and you can easily adjust the size to make it larger—as long as you have enough yarn. For this project, she uses a crochet hook that is smaller than the hook recommended on the yarn label, so that the fabric will be stiff and easily stand up on its own. She is using a super bulky acrylic yarn for the basket and is using a size K/6.5mm hook to create the piece.
The construction of the basket is that it is worked from the bottom up. Corrina starts at the center of the base of the basket. She creates a short chain and slip stitches to join the chain into a ring. She then begins the herringbone half double crochet stitches to create the basket. Increases are worked to create the square shape to the basket. Corrina uses removeable stitch markers in order to keep track of the increases.
Once the base of the basket is created, plain rounds of the herringbone half double crochet are worked. This builds up the height of the basket. Corrina also demonstrates how to change colors, so you can make a basket that matches your home décor.