So, a little tidbit about me – I have always had amazing vision. I’ve relished in the ability to read a road sign from hundreds of yards away or spot an anomaly on the horizon before others could focus enough to see clearly. It was so great!
Until I turned 40.
When I turned 40, after spending years staring at a computer screen, I thought it best to go to the eye doctor….just to ‘check.’ Hmpf.
Well, that little checkup had me walking out in bifocals. BIFOCALS! My vision and my ego were shot.
Meh, I’ve gotten used to wearing glasses over the years and have transitioned to trifocals now (one for reading, one for crocheting, one for seeing your lovely face across the room). This change has wrought a whole new set of problems when waking in the middle of the night – I need my glasses just to walk across the room and finding them in the dark has been no small feat.
Enter, the hanging basket for the bedpost.
I designed this basket to keep my glasses (and phone for those late night, menopause induced bouts of sleeplessness when I simply MUST play one more round of Toy Blast) within easy reach. The basket simply slips over the bedpost to keep all my essentials handy.
I’ve since made others to hang on the stairwell to gather little things that need to be brought upstairs and one for the coat rack for keys and sunglasses. They’re the perfect size for all those little bits and pieces that would go missing otherwise.
I thought it’d be a great idea to offer the pattern to you, now, in case you’d like to create one as a grown-up Easter basket or Easter hostess gift.
The basket whips up very quickly, in less than an hour so it makes a fast and easy project for anytime!
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Here’s everything you need to know before getting started on your basket:
Skill Level: Easy
- crochet hook (US M/N) 9.00 mm
- 80 yards of size 6 (super bulky) yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick)
- tapestry needle
- sewing scissors
- slip stitch (SLST)
- chain (CH)
- single crochet (SC)
- half double crochet (HDC)
- reverse single crochet (RSC)
- skip a stitch (SK)
Gauge: 3 HDC rows x 4 HDC sts = 2” square
Size: Approximately 6” in diameter and 6” tall (without handle)
Important Note : To make the Cross Stitch: Skip the first stitch, SLST in to the next st. and CH2. HDC in the skipped stitch. Cross stitch made.
To continue: *Skip a stitch, HDC in the next stitch, HDC in the skipped stitch.* Continue this pattern to make a round of cross stitches.
With US M (9.00 mm) hook
Using a 9.00 mm hook and working into a magic circle (additional instructions given for no magic circle if you prefer)
Rnd 1: CH1 (does not count as a stitch), SC 8 into a magic circle, tighten circle and join with a slst to beginning SC. (8 sts)
OR CH3, join with a SLST, CH1, work 8 SC into this loop. Join with a slst to begin sc. (8 sts)
Rnd 2: (increase) CH1, work 2 SC into the first stitch and each stitch around. Join with SLST to beginning sc. (16 sts)
Rnd 3: (increase) CH1, *work 2 SC into the first stitch, SC into the next st,* repeat from * to * 7 more times. Join with SLST to beginning sc. (24 sts)
Rnd 4: (Increase) CH2, *work 2 SC into the first stitch, SC into the next two sts,* repeat from * to * 7 more times. Join with SLST to beginning sc. (32 sts)
Rnd 5: (working in the back loop only) CH2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in each stitch around. Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (32 sts)
Rnd 6: (working through both loops now and throughout) CH2, HDC in each stitch around. Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (32 sts)
Rnds 7 – 10: Repeat Rnd 6. (32 sts)
Rnd 11: Skip the first stitch and SLST into the next st and CH2. Yarn over and insert into the previously skipped stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw a loop through all three loops on the hook (this is an HDC in the skipped stitch and the cross stitch is made), SK the next st, HDC in the next st, HDC in the previously skipped st (2nd cross stitch made). Continue working this cross stitch around the basket 14 more times, making a total of 16 cross stitch clusters. Join with a SLST to top of beginning CH2. (32 sts)
Rnd 12: (increase) SLST in the next 3 sts, CH2, HDC in each of the next 25 sts, CH16. Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (42 sts)
Rnd 13: CH2, HDC in each ST around (including each ch stitch). Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (42 sts)
Rnd 14: CH1, with right side facing and working counter-clockwise around the piece, work a RSC into each stitch around. Join with SLST to beginning ch1. (42 sts)
Securing the hole
Because the basket will be hanging, we want to be sure that the handle is as secure as possible, to do that, we’ll work a round of RSC around the inside of the hole. To do this:
With the right side facing you, secure your yarn with a SLST in the lower center part of the hole. CH1 and work a RSC in each stitch around the hole. I ended up with 24 sts. Join with SLST to beginning ch1.
Finish off and tuck ends.
I hope you love this basket and enjoy making it for all your friends!
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