Desktop Stacker Baskets

Perhaps you saw on Instagram a few days ago, but I *finally* created myself a dedicated work space in my house after over a year of blogging!  It was a long tine coming and I probably should have gotten around to it sooner, but you know that thing called life?  It gets hectic sometimes!  But I am happy to finally have it done, and I needed a little something to help me organize my desk.  So of course I made it :)

These crochet Desktop Nesting Baskets are made with Red Heart Strata yarn, which is a bulky, jersey-knit tube yarn.  It is very similar to Bernat Maker Home Dec, but it is acrylic instead of cotton.  The bulky yarn makes these baskets work up quickly so they would make an awesome last minute housewarming or even baby nursery gift!  Just pack them with a candle or some small baby essentials and they double as a gift basket as well :)  Just keep scrolling for the free crochet pattern!

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I loved making these with a combination of two colors (and a bit of hemp) but they would also be just as fabulous in one solid color if you are really hustling to get a gift made quickly!  Mine are on my desk now holding my hooks, scrap yarn and a few other goodies.  What will you use these baskets for?


Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • SC: single crochet
  • WST: waistcoat single crochet.  Worked like a regular SC, but rather than inserting your hook into the front and back loops of the next stitch, you insert it in the middle of the next stitch (see photos below)
  • BLO: back loop only

Special Stitch:

Waistcoat Single Crochet (WST)

Gauge

not particularly important

 

Finished Size:  

Basket #1: approx. 2" tall x 7" wide

Basket #2: approx. 4" tall x 6" wide

Basket #3: approx. 5" tall x 5" wide

 

Pattern Notes

  • Ch sts at the beginning of a row do not count as a stitch.
  • The end of each round is attached to the first stitch of the round with a slip stitch

 

Instructions

Basket #1 (Coral):

Start with a magic circle.

Round 1:  ch 1, work 8 SC into the magic circle (8)

Round 2: ch 1, 2 SC in each stitch around (16)

Round 3: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next stitch, repeat from * around (24)

Round 4: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (32)

Round 5: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around (40)

Round 6: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around (48)

Round 7: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around (56)

Round 8: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 6 sts, repeat from * around (64)

Round 9: ch 1, BLO SC around (64)

Round 10-14: ch 1, WST around (64)

When you get to the end of Round 14, attach with a sl st to the first stitch of the round, cut and tie off the yarn.  Weave in ends.

 

Basket #2:

Color ‘A’: Aran; Color ‘B’: Coral

Start with a magic circle

Round 1 (all Color A):  ch 1, work 8 SC into the magic circle (8)

Round 2 (all Color A): ch 1, 2 SC in each stitch around (16)

Round 3 (all Color A): ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next stitch, repeat from * around (24)

Round 4 (all Color A): ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (32)

Round 5 (all Color A): ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around (40)

Round 6 (all Color A): ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around (48)

Round 7 (all Color A): ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around (56)

Round 8 (all Color A): ch 1, BLO SC around (56)

Round 9-11 (all Color A): ch 1, WST around (56)

**Rounds 12-17 will all be completed in the WST like Rounds 9-11.  So instead of indicating the stitch I will indicate the color changes for these Rounds.**

Round 12: ch 1, *7 A, 1 B, repeat from * around (56)

Round 13: ch 1, *2 A, 1 B, 3 A, 1 B, repeat from * around (56)

Round 14: ch 1, *1 A, 1 B, 2 A, 1 B, 2 A, repeat from * around (56)

Round 15: ch 1, *2 A, 4 B, 1 A, repeat from * around (56)

Round 16: ch 1, *3 B, 1 A, 2 B, 1 A, repeat from * around (56)

Round 17: ch 1, *4 B, 1 A, 3 B, repeat from * around (56)

Rounds 18-19 (all Color B): ch 1, WST around (56)

Round 20 (all Color B): ch 1, WST in 11, ch 6, skip 6, WST in 22, ch 6, skip 6, WST in 11 (56)

Round 21 (all Color B): ch 1, WST in 11, 6 SC across the ch 6 space, WST in 22, 6 SC across the ch 6 space, WST in 11 (56)

When you get to the end of Round 21, attach with a sl st to the first stitch of the round, cut and tie off the yarn.  Weave in ends.

 

Basket #3 (Aran)

This basket was constructed holding a strand of Strata yarn along with a strand of Hemp AFTER Round 6

Start with a magic circle

Round 1:  ch 1, work 8 SC into the magic circle (8)

Round 2: ch 1, 2 SC in each stitch around (16)

Round 3: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next stitch, repeat from * around (24)

Round 4: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (32)

Round 5: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around (40)

Round 6: ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around (48)

Round 7 (add the hemp and start working with hemp and yarn held together): ch 1, BLO SC around (48)

Rounds 8-21 (use both strands): ch 1, SC around (48)

Round 22-23 (use ONLY hemp): ch 1, SC around (48)

When you get to the end of Round 23, attach with a sl st to the first stitch of the round, cut and tie off the yarn.  Weave in ends.

 

Now you have an amazing gift or new decor piece for yourself!  Have fun coming up with your own color combos or adding your own unique touches :)


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