Thursday, 22 October 2015



This is a write up for a cute set of nesting baskets with an even cuter elephant motif.  I’ve used freely available patterns from the net, but I’ve had to make a few alterations to suit the requirements and custom-make it.

Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely shiny Indian Polyester silk purse  yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Skill level :  Intermediate

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
rep : Repeat                                                            dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc. 

The only change that I made here was in increasing the number of rounds I had to do to get the size needed for my order(s).  
The yarn used with the original pattern also did not give me the required gauge, so that needed a small calculation and tweak.  That said, this is such an easy pattern, that it can be made in any size and looks absolutely lovely. 
I also did a round of crab stitch or reverse single crochet at the top.

The motifs are a free pattern and I found two that were cute.  One is a video link

And the one that I used is a really simple and oh, so cute written pattern

I made these elephants and attached them to the sides of the baskets and to give them a little ‘fullness’ (or lift?), I stuffed them with just a little bit of polyfill.

I also made a festoon or तोरण {pronounced toraN} of little elephants per order.
The only change I made with this cute motif for the festoon, is to alter the stitch size so that I got different sized little elephants and then lined them up trunk-to-tail to have them walk like the Jungle Book elephants 

Baskets in use

and the festoon up on the door to welcome the baby

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