Emerson V Stitch Basket

This design uses heavy yarn and a thick stitch to make a sturdy, but collapsible basket for anything from magazines to yarn skeins. The one-piece handle adds extra support to the bottom and sides.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 11” tall x 10” in diameter

Gauge: 5 sts and 6 rows = 2” [5 cm] in sc

Materials

Super bulky weight yarnYarn: Bernat Softee Chunky (100% Acrylic, 431 yards [394 meters]/400grams): Pony Gray (MC, 1 ball), Velvet Teal (C1, 1 ball), Mineral Teal (C2, 1 ball), Clay Dust (C3, 1 ball).

Hook: US size M/N (9.00 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, pins

Pattern Stitches

Inc: Work 2 sc in st indicated

Spike V Stitch (Spike V-st): *Insert hook in st 2 rows below, draw up a lp, yo, pull through both lps on hook; rep from * in same st twice more.

Single Crochet Join (Sc join): Put slip knot over hook, insert hook into st, draw up a lp, yo, pull through both lps on hook.

Pattern

Basket

With MC, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first st to join. (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, inc in each st around, sl st in first st to join. (16 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, inc, (sc in next st, inc) 7 times, sl st in first st. (24 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, inc, (sc in next 2 sts, inc) 7 times, sl st in first st. (32 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, inc, (sc in next 3 sts, inc) 7 times, sl st in first st. (40 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, inc, (sc in next 4 sts, inc) 7 times, sl st in first st. (48 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, inc, (sc in next 5 sts, inc) 7 times, sl st in first st. (56 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 sts, inc, (sc in next 6 sts, inc) 7 times, sl st in first st. (64 sts)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 6 sts, inc, (sc in next 7 sts, inc) 7 times, sl st in first st. (72 sts)

Rnd 10: Ch 1, working in BL, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in first st. (72 sts)

Rnds 11-13: Ch 1, working in both loops, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in first st.

Rnd 14: Change to C1, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, sk next st, Spike V-st, sk next st, (sc in next 3 sts, sk next st, Spike V-st, sk next st) 11 times, sl st in first st to join. (12 Spike V-sts, 36 sc)

Rnds 15-17: Change to MC, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in first st. (72 sts)

Rnd 18: Change to C2, ch 1, Spike V-st, sk next st, sc in next 3 sts, (sk next st, Spike V-st, sk next st, sc in next 3 sts) 11 times, sl st in first st to join. (12 Spike V-sts, 36 sc)

Rnds 19-21: Change to MC, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in first st. (72 sts)

Rnd 22: Change to C3, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, sk next st, Spike V-st, sk next st, (sc in next 3 sts, sk next st, Spike V-st, sk next st) 11 times, sl st in first st to join. (12 Spike V-sts, 36 sc)

Rnds 23-25: Change to MC, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in first st. (72 sts)

Rnds 26-34: Rep Rows 14-22.

Rnds 35: Change to MC, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in first st. (72 sts)

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Handles

With MC, ch 140. Being careful not to twist, sl st in first ch to form a loop.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc in next 139 chs, sl st in top of ch-3 to join.

Rnd 2: Change to C2, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 139 sts, sl st in first st to join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Rnd 3: Sc join in underside of starting ch, sc in next 139 sts working on underside of ch, sl st in first st to join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Finishing

Lay Handles loop out flat on table with WS up. Do not fold ends. Align so that straight sections are about 3” apart.

Place Basket in the center of the loop and pull sides of the loop up to the top edge of Basket. Move Basket on loop until Handles are even. Make sure Handles are 3” apart at the top edge. Pin into place.

Using tapestry needle and C2, sew Handles to Basket behind sc sts so they still show.

Weave in all ends.

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