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The Crochet Bike Basket Pattern

Hello,

So, following on from my last post, the actual bike basket!  This was great fun to make. and something I’d wanted to do for a long time – I just needed the yarn!  I thought it was going to take loads of yarn, but in actual fact it took only one bobbin of the huge Infinity Hearts T-shirt yarn from Rito Hobby, with some left over for a Plant Pot Cozy too!

I’d seen this bike basket on Pinterest before, but knew they way my bike worked (it’s got front Suspension), it would hang too far down, and rub against the front wheel – pretty much like my wicker basket does now (somethings I sound like a train whizzing along where the basket hits the wheel).   So I needed a different way of fasterning for a start, and a differnt size to stop the dreaded train noise!

So RitoHobby, very kindly sent me some yarn (And luckily there is some left for a giveaway – closes 3rd September 2018), so I could get cracking.

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YOU WILL NEED

Materials

Infinity hearts T shirt yarn in mint mix- 1 spool.  (enter the code offthehook to get 10% off until 5th September 2018)

A 8mm (US L/ 11) crochet hook (Or appropriate size for your specific t-shirt yarn (The smaller and tighter the stitches the better)

2 buttons

Stitch marker

Scissors

needle

Tension

Tension is not important for this project, but it is important the stitches are tight and consistent.

Instructions

The basket is made by working in the amigurumi method.  Work in a continuous spiral, without closing off each round with a slip stitch.  You may find it helpful to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round and move it up as you work.  The basket is made as 2 parts (the basket and handle 1 as one piece, then handle 2 which is attached as you crochet.  No sewing needed apart from the buttons.

Abbreviations – USA Terms listed.

Ch – Chain

Fphdc – front post half double crochet

hdc – Half double crochet

sc – Single crochet

Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

ss – Slip stitch.

BASKET

With Yarn A, ch 6.

Round 1 Sc in 2nd chain from hook, SC in each of the next 3ch,

5sc in last ch,

rotate to work along opposite side of starting chain, dc in each of next 3ch, 4 sc in next st. [16 sc]

 

Round 2 (5sc, 2sc in next 3sts) twice. [22 sc]

Round 3 *5sc, (2sc in next st, sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [28 sc]

Round 4 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 2sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [34 sc]

Round 5 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 3sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [40 sc]

Round 6 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 4sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [46 sc]

Round 7 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 5sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [52 sc]

Round 8 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 6sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [58 sc]

Round 9 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 7sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [64 sc]

Round 10 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 8sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [70 sc]

Round 11 1 fphdc in each st.  [70 sts]

Yarn Over

Insert hook under the post of the SC

Yarn over again, and pull back through under the post (3 loops on your hook)

Yarn over again (4 loops), and pull back through all 3 loops (left with 1 loops).

Do you see how the direction of the stitch has changed?

Round 12-20 1 hdc in each st.  [70 sts]

Round 21 *5sc, (2sctog in next st, 8sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [64 sc]

Round 22 *5sc, (2sc in next st, 7sc) 3 times; repeat from * once more. [58 sc]

Handle 1

Now working the handles in rows.  Ch1 counts as a sts throughout.

Row 1 Ch1, 4sc. Turn. [5sc]

Rows 2-12 As row 1

Row 3 Ch5, ss to last sc (making the gap for the button hole).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Handle 2

Skip 5 sts on the basket side and ss to join the yarn.

Repeat Handle 1

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew 2 buttons, about 3 rows up from the bottom of the basket, using the handles for a guide as where to sew.

Block with starch spray (I stuffed mine with a towel to mkae it the right shape before spraying – a bit like the handbags on show before you buy them)

Then attach to your bike and away you go!

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