A few summers ago, I was commissioned to create giant jute lamps for a Nando's Peri-Peri location in Chicago. It was very exciting and one of my most favorite projects to date (you can read more about it here). The commission inspired me to recreate a mini-version of these lamps as a tutorial for those of you wanting to try something new. Here goes!
Quick note before we get started: crocheting with jute twine is difficult. Be patient and gentle with yourself and take your time – there’s no rush in making these! Also, though this pattern is written without abbreviations, and with photos, some crochet knowledge is recommended before trying.
- 3-ply jute twine. I used Librett Biodegradable Natural Jute 3-ply Twine, but you can find twine or industrial yarn at any craft or home improvement store
- US J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
- Sturdy yarn needle for weaving in ends
- Acrylic craft paint in desired colors – I used Folk Art
Step 1: Begin Basket
Chain 4, join to first chain to form a ring.
Chain 1, work 8 single crochets in ring. Do not join – you’ll be working in continuous rounds.
Work 2 single crochets in each single crochet around. (16 single crochets)
Step 2: Work Sides of Basket
Single crochet in next stitch, 2 single crochets in next stitch, repeat from * around. (24 single crochets)
Single crochet in each stitch around. Repeat this round 3 more times, slip stitch into next two stitches, and fasten off. Weave in those ends!
Step 3: Paint Baskets for Detail
Now it’s time for painting! Using the rounds as your guide, paint a stripe of color. You’ll need to cut across a row in order to make the paint stripe come out even, thanks to working continuously in the round. Don’t worry – it only adds to the rustic charm!
To make another basket so you can do some stacking, crochet it a bit larger by working an extra round of increases (single crocheting in next 2 stitches, 2 single crochets in next stitch, etc.) before working those last four rounds of even single crochet stitches.
Step 4: Let Dry and Admire!
And you’re done! Enjoy your adorable little crochet stacking baskets! Mix up that color combo to match your home decor, and make these as large as you want! A fair warning, though – crocheting with twine gets old REAL fast. It's not the most gentle on the fingers, but the outcome is so cool you'll want to give these a try.
Have fun! As always, share what you’re making with me on Instagram or Twitter @melmariadesigns, or use the hashtag #melmariadesigns – I love seeing what you guys are making!