My Patterns, Knit & Crochet

Rainbow Nesting Baskets, Part 1

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About:  This pattern makes six 2” tall nesting baskets ranging in diameter from 2” to 4½”.  Use them for storage or gift the set as a great baby and toddler toy!  The pattern calls for six colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple), but you can use any color combination you like!

Difficulty:  Easy

Finished Size:  2” tall, ranging in diameter from 2”, 2 ½”, 3”, 3 ½”, 4”, and 4 ½”.

Gauge:  4 stitches x 5 rows = 1” x 1”

Tools:  Crochet Hook (H-8/5mm) and Basic Yarn Sewing Kit

Materials:  Worsted Weight (4) yarn in various colors.  I used Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand:  Cranberry, Terracotta, Mustard, Kelly Green, Colonial Blue, and Eggplant

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Basket Base

  • Foundation Chain:  Make a loose slip knot (counts as ch1).  Chain 2 (counts as sc1)
  • Round 1:  In the slip knot, sc 5 = 6 stitches
  • Round 2:  sc2same x 6 = 12 stitches
  • Round 3:  [sc 1, sc2same] x 6 = 18 stitches
  • Round 4:  [sc 2, sc2same] x 6 = 24 stitches.  (For Purple basket, stop increasing after Round 4 and skip ahead to Basket Side.)

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  • Round 5: [sc 3, sc2same] x 6 = 30 stitches.  (For Blue Basket, stop increasing after Round 5 and skip ahead to Basket Side.)

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  • Round 6: [sc 4, sc2same] x 6 = 36 stitches. (For Green Basket, stop increasing after Round 6 and skip ahead to Basket Side.)

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  • Round 7: [sc 5, sc2same] x 6 = 42 stitches.  (For Yellow Basket, stop increasing after Round 7 and skip ahead to Basket Side.)

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  • Round 8: [sc 6, sc2same] x 6 = 48 stitches.  (For Orange Basket, stop increasing after Round 8 and skip ahead to Basket Side.)

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  • Round 9: [sc 7, sc2same] x 6 = 54 stitches.  (For Red Basket, stop increasing after Round 9 and skip ahead to Basket Side.)

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