Pattern of the Week: Ombré Nesting Baskets
What would you store inside the beautiful Ombré Nesting Baskets from the pages of Interweave Crochet Summer 2018? Crochet yarn and supplies? Houseplants? Kittens? However you decide to use them, these sturdy crochet baskets are up to the task. And with three sizes to choose from, you can make a whole set for a variety of purposes.
I personally would love to use these in the bathroom. The largest size would be perfect to store my blow-dryer, curling iron, and other implements, while the two smaller sizes would be ideal for toiletries, hair products, and makeup. The crisp white and blue palette and classic look makes the baskets blend easily into a variety of décor styles, so they’ll look great wherever you decide to put them to use.
The beginner-friendly crochet pattern uses four strands of cotton yarn held together while crocheting over a strand of rope to give the baskets incredible structure and durability. You can attach a handle or not depending on how you intend to use the baskets.
They are dyed using a cold-water dye that doesn’t require a heat source, which makes this a great project for summer. The dyeing method is very easy, even for those who have never dyed before, and it results in a wonderful ombré effect that smoothly transitions from indigo blue to white. Brenda will walk you through it step by step so you can get that smooth gradient on your first try.
Pick up a copy of Interweave Crochet Summer 2018 today and start your own set of Ombré Nesting Baskets!
DESIGNER Brenda K. B. Anderson
FINISHED SIZE About 5½ (7½, 9¼)” in diameter and 3¾ (4¼, 4¾)” tall.
YARN Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton (distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre) (100% cotton; 109 yd [100 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #212 poplin, 3 (4, 6) balls.
HOOK Size I/9 (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
NOTIONS Yarn needle; stitch marker (m); 6 mm or 1/4″ cotton rope, 10 (14, 20) yards; 6–7″ wooden handles, 1 pair (optional).
GAUGE Base rnds 1–5 = 4½” in diameter; 8 sts and 5 rnds = 2½” in side patt.
Chain on for crochet fun!