I finished my giant fiber art commission yesterday. There was much rejoicing (yayyy). Although I'm so excited I got to be a part of this project, and I can't WAIT to see pictures of the lamps installed in the new restaurant, I'm glad the hard work is over!
This commission inspired me to create a brand-new DIY for y'all - rustic jute baskets! These are actually mini versions of the pendant lamps I made, and very similar to the baskets I was selling on Etsy that started this whole adventure! Let's get started.
Quick note before we get started: crocheting with jute twine is difficult. Be patient and gentle with yourself and take your time - there's no rush in making these! Also, though this pattern is written without abbreviations, and with photos, some crochet knowledge is recommended before trying.
You'll need: -Jute twine. I used Librett Biodegradable Natural Jute Twine. You can buy the 32oz roll (and never have to buy twine again, probably) or buy a smaller roll - I think Amazon has more sizes. You want the 3-ply twine, though.
-US J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
-Sturdy yarn needle for weaving in ends
-Acrylic craft paint in desired colors - I used Folk Art.
Chain 4, join to first chain to form a ring.
Chain 1, work 8 single crochets in ring. Do not join - you'll be working in continuous rounds.
Work 2 single crochets in each single crochet around. (16 single crochets)
Single crochet in next stitch, 2 single crochets in next stitch, repeat from * around. (24 single crochets)
Single crochet in each stitch around. Repeat this round 3 more times, slip stitch into next two stitches, and fasten off. Weave in those ends!
Now it's time for painting! Pick your favorite colors - I used a separate paper plate for my paint.
Using the rounds as your guide, paint a stripe of color. You'll need to cut across a row in order to make the paint stripe come out even, thanks to working continuously in the round. Don't worry - it only adds to the rustic charm!
I made another basket so I could do some stacking. I crocheted it a bit larger by working an extra round of increases (single crocheting in next 2 stitches, 2 single crochets in next stitch, etc.).
And you're done! Enjoy your adorable little crochet stacking baskets! Mix up that color combo to match your home decor, and make these as large as you want! A fair warning, though - crocheting with this twine gets old REAL fast. Have fun! As always, share what you're making with me on Instagram or Twitter @melmariadesigns, or use the hashtag #melmariadesigns - I love seeing what you guys are making!
Read more about my fiber art commission: How I Became a Fiber Artist
Read more about some lessons I learned: What I Learned From My First Commission