Shell Basket by Christina Hadderingh

Shell Basket

March 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in hdc
3.5 mm (E)
12 cm high, 27 cm wide and 15 cm deep
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This pattern is available for free.

Sometimes you are in need of more storage space. Who am I kidding, aren’t we all in continuous need of more storage space!

Of course there are requirements for this extra storage. It can’t simply be a plastic box. No.

It has to be pretty to look at, with bright colors to make you happy. For me it also has to involve some type of crafting to get my creativity out.

Yes, no boring boxes for me.

Again, still, I had Drops Paris yarn left over from my Wink’s Mandalas Blanket. That stash seems never ending! It’s like a yarn black hole, there’s just no end to it. So, as you can guess, I used that for my shell basket :)

I always loved shell stitches. It gives your work a look of softness and nostalgia. When I searched for baskets or storage patterns online I couldn’t find one that I really liked, so of course I decided to make my own pattern again and I had to share it with you lovely people :)

The pattern has some extra pictures to clarify a few steps and a link to Wink’s tutorial for the needle join in the round and the standing stitch. So it is a good pattern for beginners too. It also comes with a chart for you with the colors used per row if you want to exactly replicate my basket. Lastly there are some instructions for the people who want to make their basket bigger or smaller.

As always I provided a Dutch and an English version for you to choose from.

I use this little basket to store toiletries in the bathroom. I must say it looks quite cozy in there now with all the pinks and reds!

Happy making

Errata: In the notes of the pattern it says: “Keep in mind that when working in the round (like most of this pattern), the loop of the stitch resides after the stitch. When working flat the loop of the stitch resides before the stitch.” This is actually incorrect and it’s the other way around. However, this basket is made with this incorrect knowledge, so if you follow the picture tutorial all will be fine :)