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Hi there! I’m Victoria from A Moka Day! I’m very honored to have been asked by the talented Audrey to share a little crafty project here on This Little Street while she is away. I like everything sweet and colorful, and above all I love crochet! So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I have prepared a tutorial to help you make little crocheted granny-square baskets.
They take a little time to assemble but are really fun to make, you can use any color combination that you like and move them around your house. I have already found many uses for them: to gather my yarn and crochet hooks when I’m working on a project, to put my most treasured nail polish bottles and jewelry or just to hide away the little bits and pieces that are frequently scattered in my home. I hope you will like them!
You will need:
- cotton yarn (in three different colors for me, but you can use as many as you wish)
- a crochet hook that matches your yarn size (a 3.0mm or D crochet hook in my case)
- a piece of fabric
- thread and needle
- I also used a sewing machine for the lining but you can do without it
Crochet 5 granny squares with 5 rounds each. The pictures below show a few of the steps but you can find many videos explaining how to crochet a granny square (this one for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFovV2kTNsk ).
You will need to know how to crochet a chain stitch, a slip stitch, a single crochet and a double crochet.
In this case, start the circle and first round with color A (image 1), then crochet rounds 2 to 4 with color B (image 2) and add a 5th round with color C (image 3). Cut your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat it 4 times to get 5 granny squares (image 4).
You now need to assemble your granny squares to get a cube. Place the granny square that will be the “bottom” of your cube against another one that will be one of the “sides” (back against back) and crochet a single crochet with color C in each stitch (image 5). Cut your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat for each “side” so you will get the bottom with all 4 sides attached (image 6). Bring together the two edges of two of the “sides” and crochet a single crochet in each stitch (image 7). Repeat for each side so you get your cube (image 8). Add a row of single crochet to the top of your cube to give it a bit more structure. Cut your thread and weave in all the ends.
For the handles, insert your hook in the 3rd stitch from the last on one of the sides and crochet 30 chain stitches. Slip stitch in the 3rd stitch from the last at the other extremity of the granny square (image 9), simple crochet in the next stitch, turn around and work 1 single crochet in each of the 30 chain stitches. Slip stitch in 2nd stitch from the last of the granny square, single crochet in the last stitch, turn around and work another row of single crochets in the 30 stitches. Slip stitch in the last stitch of the granny square. Curt your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat on the opposite side of the basket. Tadaaaa! Your cube now looks like a basket (image 10)!
For the lining: Measure the perimeter of your cube. In my case 3,5 inches x 4 + 0,4×2 for the seams = 14,8 inches. Measure the height of your cube. In my case 3,5 inches + 0,4×2 for the seams = 4,3 inches. Cut a strip of fabric of 14,8 by 4,3 inches (in my case). Cut a square of fabric of the size of the bottom square and add 0,4 inches for the seams (in my case 3,9 by 3,9 inches). See image 11. Fold the long strip of fabric in two (face against face) and sew at 0,4 inch of the edge (image 12). Pin the square of fabric to the bottom of your long strip that now forms a kind of circle (image 13). Sew each side along the pins. You now have a lining that forms a cube (image 14).
Insert the lining in your granny-square cube, slightly fold the edge of the lining to be able to pin it just below the edge of the cube (image 15). Use a needle and a thin thread to sew with discreet stitches the lining to the edge (image 16).
Voilà ! Just make as many as you want, mix them and play with them! And a final tip: when you take the two handles together, they can also make perfect small baskets for little girls