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Crochet Wire Basket - introduction
I decided to combine my ability to crochet with an interest in working with wire craft projects. Once I got the hang of working with wire, I began to expand my wire crafting skills into making mostly jewelry items. But recently, I decided to take on a new wire craft project and make a crochet wire basket. Though this is a small wire basket, I thought it would be fun to share how to crochet baskets with this wire crochet instruction.
The dimensions of this finished wire basket is 4” (10.2 cm) long x 1 ½” (4cm) in height and 1 ½” (4cm) wide. I used copper colored 28 gauge wire and 2 strands of 26 gauge wire in two tones of green.
Items you will need to make a crochet wire basket:
28 gauge, tarnish resistant craft wire (at least 30 yards (28m))
20 gauge, colored wire, or 2 strands 26 gauge colored wire
(3 yards (2.74m))
(I chose to use 2 strands of the 26 gauge wire in two tones of the same color)
Crochet hook: Size 0 (3.25mm) Steel, or Size C (2.75mm)
Wire Crochet Instructions
Begin this crochet wire craft by taking the 28 gauge wire and chain 15 stitches.
For round 1, single crochet into the second chain from the hook. Now take the 20 gauge wire and weave the end into the stitch just made, leaving a tail. Hold the 20 gauge wire, with one hand while crocheting over it with the other, so that the 28 gauge wire crochets around the 20 gauge wire.
You will crochet in rounds; so single crochet to the end of your chain. On the last loop of the chain, single crochet 3 in the same loop and begin to single crochet on the back loops of the chain to the end and once again, single crochet 3 in the last loop.
Continue working in a spiral around each of the stitches and adding 3 stitches to the center stitch of each end while working the stitches over the 20 gauge wire until the base equals 4-4 ½” (about 11cm).
Continue working in rounds, only now, single crochet on the ends which will begin building height to the wire basket. Continue until your crochet wire basket is 1” in height (about 5 rows).
End this row about ½” from the end, now turn the basket in order to build a higher row along the back. Turn again, once you have worked around to the ½” of the front side and repeat single crocheting a second row, still working around the 20 gauge wire. (This style is optional, as you can keep crocheting in rounds to desired height if you choose.)
Fasten off 28 gauge wire and cut the loose wire end.
Cut a ½” tail on the 20 gauge wire, and bend the ends back through the crochet wire stitches.
This small basket is great for holding tiny trinkets. I've decided to use mine to hold my business cards!
You could also use this design to make a basket from yarn as well.
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Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 15, 2012:
wow, that's a very neat a very creative, useful hub! thumbs up!
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 23, 2011:
I wish I could do this! I just love crochet items. Thanks.
Katie McMurray from Ohio on March 14, 2011:
Oh how cool, I love this crochet wire basket pattern and think even I can do it. My 12 year old loves crochet and knitting and so this crochet wire basket pattern and tutorial will bring us both a lot of fun together.
Thanks :) Katie
healthymiss from Las Vegas on February 24, 2011:
Thanks for the tutorial. These are super cute:)