Well, hello there! Welcome to the Basket of Scones pattern. Are you ready for your hands to hurt a bit? Because this little project is a workout!
A little background: This basket was made especially for Seven Sisters Scones as part of a Mother’s Day box that features businesses by women in the local community. I am apologetically addicted to their scones and urge you to try the Lemon Poppy so it can change your life. I crocheted 48 of them in 18 days and now have crochet muscles that would scare your grandma! Don’t ask me how I did it. I still don’t know. I just remember a lot of coffee and binge watching Netflix while crocheting like a madwoman at wee hours of the night. No laundry or basically any parental duties were accomplished during this time.
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ch = chain; st = stitch; sl st = slip stitch; sc = single crochet; hdc = half-double crochet; hdc2tog = half-double crochet two together. For info on how to do this stitch, check out this awesome video by New Stitch a Day.
Hook: Size N – I would definitely suggest purchasing a hook that has a grip or a large handle. I used Clover’s hook and it changed my life. It made the process so much easier having that comfort.
Yarn: 1 ball each of Lion Brand Fast-Track in Purple Train (Color A) and Airstream White (Color B). I found it cheapest on Craftsy during sale times.
Gauge: For the base, 4×4” = 10 rows, 9 sc.
Row 1: Ch. 21 with yarn A.
Row 2: SC in 2nd ch. from the hook. SC in next 19 ch. (20 st). Turn.
Row 3-15: SC in same st and all the way across. (20 st.) Turn.
Row 16: SC across (20 st.) Turn.
Finishing of Base
Slip stitch in the same stitch. Sl st across. Ch. 1. Sl st again in same st. This counts as 1 sl st for the side.
Sl st down the side another 14 times for a total of 15 st. Ch. 1.
Sl st in 1st stitch of long side. Sl st across. Ch. 1. Do not add another sl st.
Sl. st. down the final short side.
The way I finished off was to not fasten off in the traditional sense but just finish my last slip stitch, then pull the yarn through and leave a small tail of yarn. I then crocheted my next row grabbing this yarn to weave it in to hide the tails but also keep a perfect loop for my last stitch of the next row. (See image below)
Long sides should have 20 stitches and short sides should have 15 stitches.
Long side: With yarn A and B, ch. 2 in the first st. This counts as the 1st HDC. HDC across 19 more times. Ch. 1.
Short side: HDC in each stitch 15 times down. Ch. 1.
Long side: HDC across the long side 20 times. Ch. 1.
Short side: HDC in each stitch 15 times down. Ch. 1. Sl st. to top of starting HDC.
Long side: hdc into 1st stitch. Hdc2tog. Hdc in next 14 st. hdc2tog. Hdc in last st. ch. 1.
Short side: Skipping next stitch, hdc in next 6 st. hdc2tog. Hdc 7 more times. Ch. 1.
Long Side: Skipping next stitch, repeat long side.
Short side: Skipping next stitch, hdc in next 6 st. hdc2tog. Hdc 7 more times. Ch. 1. Sl st to 2nd ch of first hdc not the top of the first hdc.
Long Side: Hdc into same stitch. Hdc in next 17 stitches. Ch. 1.
Short Side: Skipping next stitch, hdc across 14 times. Ch. 1.
Long Side: Skipping next stitch, repeat long side instructions.
Short side: Skipping next stitch, hdc across 14 times. Ch. 1. Sl st to 2nd ch of first hdc not the top of the first hdc.
Long side: hdc in same st. Hdc again. Hdc2tog. Hdc in next 10 stitches. Hdc2tog. Hdc two more times. Do not ch. 1.
Short side: Skipping next stitch, hdc into next 3 stitches. Ch. 8. Skip 6 stitches. Hdc into next 5 stitches. Do not ch. 1.
Long Side: Skipping next stitch, hdc into next 2 st. hdc2tog. Hdc in next 10 stitches. Hdc2tog. Hdc two more times. Do not ch. 1.
Short side: Skipping next stitch, hdc into next 3 stitches. Ch. 8. Skip 6 stitches. Hdc into next 5 stitches. Do not ch. 1. Sl st to 2nd ch of first hdc not the top of the first hdc.
Long side: hdc in same st. hdc into next 14 stitches. Ch. 1.
Short side: Skipping next stitch, hdc into next 3 st. sl st to next st. sc across in each of next 6 chains. Sl st to last sc. Hdc into next 4 st. ch. 1.
Long side: Skipping next st, hdc into next 15 stitches. Ch. 1.
Short side: Skipping next stitch, hdc into next 3 st. sl st to next st. sc across in each of next 6 chains. Sl st to last sc. Hdc into next 4 st. ch. 1. Sl st to 2nd ch of first hdc not the top of the first hdc. Fasten off both yarns.
If anyone can tell me what the name of what I am about to tell you to do, I will feature your work on my Instagram to honor you. I have googled and moogled and found nothing of the sort. It’s gotta be a real stitch or I’m just making crap up!
With double strands of yarn B*, insert hook into back loop and third loop and single crochet. Repeat this step into every HDC across.
When you get to a corner chain, continue to sc into the back loop and 3rd loop. I was able to pull through the third loop but it is not always as obvious. If you can’t get through it both with so much yarn, it will not show in the work.
When you get to the handles, it becomes a bit tougher to continue this stitch. Be ready to use your thumbs and fingertip to help guide your hook. I told you this would use some muscle! You are almost finished!
Once you have made a single crochet through the back and third loop around, sl st to first sc. fasten off.
Now when you finish, you are going to look at this thing like “what is it supposed to be?” That’s normal. This piece requires a bit of blocking TLC. I am still new to the magic of blocking but this is what I did to help shape them:
With a spray bottle, soak that bad boy. Spray it until your heart is content or at least until the basket is pretty wet. Then we begin the shaping.
I found that using a clothespin on each corner helps shape during the drying process. Pinch the corners and clip on two clothespins per corner. Let the basket dry naturally or with a fan.
Once it is dry (and hopefully a bit more stiff) you can then shape it a bit more into the rectangular shape.
Weave in ends. Add scones to basket and voila!
*When using two strands of white/yarn B: After you finish Row 5, split the remaining yarn B evenly.