Sunday, 1 May 2011

Free Hoopla Pattern - Little Basket!

Little Basket - A very easy pattern

An 8mm hook is recommended – move up to a larger size if your work is too solid or stiff

You will need 1 bobbin of Hoopla yarn in a colour of your choice. It is recommended that you choose the cotton/lycra mix rather than the less stretchy cotton yarn.

In order to complete this project you will need to know how to create the following stitches.  Instructions are included at the end of this pattern:

Chain stitch (ch)

Double crochet (dc)

Slip stitch (sl st)

Magic Circle or Magic Loop (MC)

This pattern is written with UK stitch notation.

The Base

1.      Start with EITHER 4 ch joined with a sl st to form a ring OR a MC

2.      Round 1:             If working into a 4 ch ring : ch 1, make 7 dc into your ring

If working into a MC: make 8 dc into the circle and pull your circle tight

3.      join with sl st to first ch

For the rest of the base you be working in a spiral so you will not need to join at the end of each round.

It might help you to mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker or a piece of contrasting yarn.  As you reach the marker move it up to the first stitch of the next round so that you will always know where you are. 

Work into the back loop of the stitch from this point onwards. 

4.      Round 2:  ch 1, 1dc in same st,

5.      2dc in each st round,

6.      Round 3: 1dc in 1st ch stitch of last round,

7.      2dc in next st,

8.      Repeat step 6 and 7 round

9.      Round 4: 1dc in 1st stitch of last round, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts,

10. 2dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts,

11. Repeat step 10 round

12. Round 5:  Repeat round 4 (steps 9,10 and 11) until you have 2 sts remaining

13. 1dc in each of 2 remaining sts

14. To finish the spiral:  miss 1 st and dc in the next st, sl st into next st

15. You should have 41 st around

The Sides

16. Round 6:  ch 1, 1dc in the back loop of each st round

17. join to first ch with sl st 

Stop working in the back loop and work in the whole stitch from this point onwards 

18. Round 7: ch2

19. Miss 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1

20. Repeat step 19 round and join with sl st into ch 2 space

21. Round 8: ch2

22. dc in 1ch loop, ch 1

23. Repeat step 23 round and join with sl st into ch 2 space

24. Round 9 onwards:  repeat round 8 three  more times

25. You should still have 42 sts around
The Handle
1.      Ch 20
2.      Miss 20 st around top edge of basked and join with a sl st
3.      1dc into next st on edge of basket
4.      24 dc around the handle chain and join to the opposite edge of the basket with a sl st
5.      Sl st in the st where your handle started and dc in the next st
6.      20 dc around the handle chain. Make these sts on the opposite side and make one in between each of your first row of 20dc so that they overlap
7.      Join with a sl st to the edge of the basket
8.      Finish off by cutting yarn and sewing in the tail end securely. Don’t forget to sew in the beginning tail end very firmly too.


Long time no blog!

I have been so busy...  There's been absolutely no time for anything but work. 

I'm so glad to say that the enormous thread work commission I've been working on since October is finally finished and posted.

 I've made twenty 28" doilies for wedding breakfast table centres.  There were five each of four designs which I completed with help from my mum's amazing hooking skills. 

I've included some pix so you can see the (nearly) finished objects - these were taken before blocking so you'll have to use your imagaination a bit. 

I am sooooo proud of them.  They look beautiful and I hope they will help to make Danielle's wedding a very special day.

I've been having fun with Hoopla again.  The more I play with it the more I find I love it.  This time I have been selling the pattern for a cute little basket meant for Easter eggs and goodies for Mothers' Day.  I'm going to make it a free pattern now and I'll post it in my next blog for anyone else giving Hoopla a try.  They take so little yarn; they're so great for using up the ends of bobbins you have laying around.  These baskets and a spell of hot weather were the inpiration for my mini-hanging baskets.  I've filled some with plants and hung them on a trellis in front of my house.  We live on a park and I love to sit and watch the faces and pointing as people go past.  They are so bright and eyecatching - I love these too...  I'm hoping for tumbling strawberries and tomatoes, although I haven't got a very green thumb so we'll see.

Well, I'm off to my pen this time.  More pattern writing.  HOW EXCITING! :-)