Friday, April 12, 2013

Making Neon Rope Baskets

Neons are really hot right now and one of my favorite neon craft supplies is the brightly colored mason line that you can find in the rope aisle of any hardware store. Pair it with plain cotton clothesline, and you have these super fresh baskets. I use mine to hold knitting needles, scissors and my drop spindle.

You might even be able to make these and call it "spring cleaning" because they are a great way to organize things in a presentable way.

I've made some videos of this project because it is a little hard to learn with still images. There are also pictures below showing how to do the stitch.

Video tutorial part 1

Video tutorial part 2

Both of these are playable in HD, and I recommend doing so in order to clearly see what is going on.

You will need:

Cotton clothesline or a similar thick rope in any material, I used this kind.
Neon mason line, I've located it for sale online in neon yellow, neon pink, neon orange, and white.
Cotton butcher's twine
Similar thin rope in any material - but if you can break it with your own strength it is not a good choice
A crochet hook
Fire to burn the ends of the mason line

Begin as in the video by making a crocheted magic ring.

Work in a coil attaching the rope with the following stitch

Reach through the previous coil with the hook and create a loop. This should be about an inch from the last stitch.

There should be a loop on the back of you work after you pull the string through.

Put the front loop through this back loop.

Put your bobbin or spool of thread through the front loop.

Now pull tight. You have finished the stitch.

Just as if you were making a coil pot out of clay, the shape of the vessel can be changed depending on how you place the coil. Each of these baskets took about 100 feet of thin rope and 20-30 feet of clothesline.  Finishing instructions are in the video.

It takes some practice to control the shape.
Have fun making your baskets and please leave a comment if you liked the videos, want to see them in the future, or have a suggestion for future videos.


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  2. this looks soo cool! ive just learnt to crochet and this looks like such a good project!

  3. Thanks Dorothee, Figgy Lane and Luv.

    Figgy, I'm also a crochet beginner and the magic ring took some serious practice. Don't get frustrated though it is a really important technique for making anything round from the center out.

  4. Hey! I wanted to add... I have bought mason line in many colors at Lowes Home Improvement store... great yardage for the price! Just an FYI for those of you who don't or can't do internet shopping (I was there once and still am picky about online transactions).
    Great tut & awesome project!

  5. really nice and useful tutorial! love the videos! pls make such things in the future!
    (and as soon as kids leave some time, I am going to make these baskets to the bathroom)
    thanks a lot!!!!

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