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How to Crochet a Love Heart Belly Basket

Level
Intermediate
Time
1/2 day
Budget
10 - 30

Created by our amazing Knitcraft Ambassador @lottieandalbert, this chunky belly basket is worked in the round and uses six strands of yarn held together, for a fun and quick make. This beautiful creation is finished with heart-shaped pompoms.

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How to make

You Will Need

* Knitcraft Red Cotton Blend Plain DK Yarn 100g

* Knitcraft White Cotton Blend Plain DK Yarn 100g

* Patons Nougat 100% Cotton DK Yarn 100g

* Pom Pom Maker 4 Pack

* Millward Sewing Tapestry and Darning Needles 30 Pack

* Embroidery Scissors

* Knitcraft Green Crochet Hook 8mm

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Pattern Notes

Abbreviations:

 

blo - back loop only

 

ch - chain

 

dc - double crochet (US single crochet)

 

rep - repeat

 

rnd - round

 

slst - slip stitch

 

st(s) - stitch(es)

 

inc - increase (two double crochet in one stitch)

 

dc2tog - double crochet two stitches together

 

Notes:

 

Slip Stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull new loop through first loop on hook.

 

Double Crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops.

 

Double Crochet Two Together: Insert hook into stitch, without yarning over insert hook in next stich along from front to back, yarn over and pull up a loop through both stitches, yarn over and pull though both loops.

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Preparing the Yarn

Taking your three balls of yarn, hold the three strands in your hand, and slowly wind them into a ball of three strands. Continue until you have wound around half of the yarn, or until the new ball weighs around 150g.

 

Now cut your yarn, and hold the three strands of what's left of your yarn balls, plus the three strands of the yarn ball you just wound, and wind all six strands into a ball. You will now have a six-strand yarn ball to make the blanket with.

 

Work all six yarns together and treat them as one thread.

Basket Pattern

Rnd 1   Create a magic loop and make 6 dc into the loop, pull loop closed (6)

Rnd 2   2 dc in each stitch around (12)

Rnd 3   *1 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd (18)

Rnd 4   *2 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd (24)

Rnd 5   *3 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd (30)

Rnd 6   *4 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd (36)

Rnd 7   dc in back loop only of each stitch around (36)

Basket Pattern 2:

Rnd 8 *5 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd. (42)


Rnd 9 *6 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd. (48)


Rnd 10 *7 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd. (54)


Rnd 11 *2dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd. (72)


Rnd 12 *2dctog, 2dc. Rep from * until end of rnd. (54)


Rnd 13 *7dc, 2dctog. Rep from * until end of rnd. (48)


Rnd 14 *6dc, 2dctog. Rep from * until end of rnd. (42)


Rnd 15 *5dc, 2dctog. Rep from * until end of rnd. (36)


Rnd 16 *4dc, 2dctog. Rep from * until end of rnd. (30)


Rnd 17 *5 ss, ch 10 and skip 5 sts, 5 ss. Rep from * once more (30)


Fasten off and weave in ends.