Chunky Cable Basket

With super chunky yarn and a cable braid, you can work up this practical basket in any color to match your home’s décor. It’s perfect for storing yarn, items around the craft room or even decorative glass balls for an added dose of whimsy.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 9” diameter (of base) x 8” tall

Gauge: 7 sts and 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Sc

Gauge is not necessary for this project.

Materials

Yarn:

Super Bulky Weight Yarn Red Heart Grande (78% Acrylic, 22% Wool; 46 yards [42 meters]/150 grams): E826 Wintergreen, 4 balls.

Hook: US size N/15 (10.0 mm)

Notions: US size H/8 (5 mm) hook to weave in yarn ends

Special Stitches

FPTR (Front post treble) – Yo twice, working in front of your current row, insert hook around the post of the st from back to front, yo, draw up a lp, (yo, pull through 2 lps) 3 times.

BPTR (Back post treble) – Yo twice, working behind your current row, insert hook around the post of the st from front to back, yo, draw up a lp, (yo, pull through 2 lps) 3 times.

Pattern Notes

The cable section of this pattern is worked separately in rows and then sewn to the circular base. Once the cable section is secured, more rounds are added on top. Join with sl st when working in the round unless otherwise stated.

Pattern

Cable Braid

Ch 12.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across row, turn – 10 dc.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, FPTR around next 2 sts, working in front of sts just made, FPTR around 2 skipped sts, FPTR around next 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, BPTR around next 2 sts, working in back of sts just made, BPTR around 2 sts just skipped, BPTR around next 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Rep Rows 2-3 until piece meas 37-38”.

Fasten off.

Base

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (count as dc here and throughout), 11 dc in an adjustable ring.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around until 2 sts rem, 3 dc in each of last 2 sts – 21 dc.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * to last st, 2 dc in last st – 32 dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, *(2 dc in next st) 3 times, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 6 times; rep from * once more, dc in last st – 52 dc.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, flip circle over so wrong side facing, working in front loops only, sc in each st around.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, flip back over so right side of Rnds 1-4 are facing and working through a loop on cable braid and both loops of Rnd 5 of base, sc in each st around, joining base to braid. Fasten off.

Top

Rnd 1: Join with sl st to any st along side of Cable Braid, work sc in post of each st around.

Rnds 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each st around.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog, *sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog; rep from * around.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Use smaller hook to pull yarn tails through to hide them

Optional: Cut a cardboard circle the same diameter as the base to insert into bottom of basket for extra stability. yarn ball

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Comments
  • Is it absolutely necessary to use the wool blend yarn? I can imagine that it might give the item a certain amount of sturdiness, but some folks are sensitive or allergic to wool.

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  • Ms. Ryan, can this patterned be done using worsted 4 yarn also? What changes might I need to make to the pattern to make use of the yarn I have already? Thank you!

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  • Cynthia McGuire

    Thank you. I love this pattern. I’ve been crocheting since 1971. New to cable stitch though. Fairly new, that is.

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