Trying to Create a Rectangular Basket Pattern

Tangled yarn web
The many strands of yarn that show my first two rectangular basket prototypes

They say that “necessity is the mother of all invention” which is certainly true as I continue my attempt at creating a rectangular basket pattern.  I’ve been trying to tackle this for several months now.  Maybe I’m wrong, but it shouldn’t be this difficult.

I need to write a versatile basket pattern that I can adapt into several sizes.  With the excessive amount of Red Heart Super Saver I have collected over the years, I’m certainly not lacking color choices.  It’s writing the bottom of the pattern that is proving difficult for me.

Generally, I start trying to figure out the stitches, crochet a few rounds, and then toss the prototype into the bag when it looks lopsided because the stitches lean or the sides bulge.  I then grumble to myself before finding something less frustrating which for some reason is usually more frustrating.  Then I totally give up and watch gaming videos on You Tube.  It’s a never ending cycle.

It’s All About the Bottom

Prototype #1
Prototype #1 – Lopsided and curvy

There is nothing worse than getting stuck at the very beginning.  It’s disheartening as it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the project.  I feel like I am setting myself up for failure.  But being my stubborn self, I usually go back to it eventually.

The basket patterns I found online have bottoms that are as easy as you can get.  They do X amount of chain stitches and then single crochets are worked back and forth until the basket length is achieved.  That’s all well and good, but I am not a fan of attaching yarn to the sides.  The holes look dreadful and I doubt they would hold up over time.

My solution to this is doing the bottom in the round using the tops and bottoms of the beginning chain.  This means that you just keep going until you have the right size on the bottom.  Then you stop increasing and start going around to create the sides of the basket.

Helpful Tools

Prototype #2
Prototype #2 – A bit better, but still not quite right. Back to the drawing board once again!

Using scrap yarn in a contrasting color to mark the corner stitches and the first stitch of each round is incredibly helpful.  I can see exactly where these important stitches are so I know that I am on track or if I’ve missed something.  I’ve also been diagramming my progress so I have a visual guide of how the pattern is progressing.

Another helpful tool for creating this pattern is using light colored yarn that does not have any elasticity.  This way I can clearly see each stitch.  At this moment I’m not worried about having a useful item.  I just want to get the stitches right.

Have you ever tried creating a pattern?  If you have, how did it go?  Do you have any tips or tricks of your own that might help me or others?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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