Reclaimed linen crocheted baskets

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Finished pot

These small baskets are created with yarn made from deconstructed linen clothing and are designed with a rustic aesthetic, reflecting the nature of the hand-made yarn.

First, to make these pots, yarn must be made by tearing linen from recycled clothing into strips, then sewing the strips together to make a continuous yarn. The two brown pots above were made from one pair of trousers.  One pot uses a contrasting ‘yarn’ as an embellishment and also features a recycled 1950s’ lino heart. The smallest pot has a nest-like design.

These baskets are made using a 10mm crochet hook.

step one

Make 4 ch, sl st back into first ch, making a loop.

Ch 2, then double treble into loop about 6 times, sl st to 2nd ch. Round one.

step four

Round two, 2 ch, *double crochet into one side of next st; double crochet twice into one side of next st*; continue from * to * to end, sl st into 2nd ch.

step five

Round three, 2 ch, double crochet into one side of next stitch, continue round; sl st to 2nd ch.

Next row as for round two. Next row as for round three. Continue until base reaches desired size.

step six

Sides: Ch 2, turn. Double crochet into back of next stitch, continue til end, sl st into 2nd ch.

step seven

step eight

Next row: 2 ch, double crochet into back of next stitch, continue til end, sl st into 2nd ch.  Continue in this way until desired height is reached, finish off. 

step nine

ten

Finished pot (shown here) may be embellished using buttons, yarn, charms, shells etc…

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Lisa lives on the North West Coast of Tasmania and is involved in the local craft community.


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