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Crocheted covers for common plastic containers for a personalized Easter Basket.
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours depending upon size
You can easily modify the pattern to whatever plastic container you have around. The one with the pink centered daffodils is made for a small Cool Whip container. The one in the same photo with the yellow centered daffodils is made for a GladWare quart container. The pink one is on a small sized basket. The blue one is on the large sized basket.
To modify the pattern, just crochet the base to fit your container, then work the sides even until it reaches the rim of the container. Then follow the pattern instructions to finish.
The handles on the both the Cool Whip and the GladWare ones were made with a strip of plastic canvass for stiffening.
Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch
Round 1: Ch 3, (do not count as first dc) 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (12 sts)
Round 2:Ch 2 (do not count as first dc from now on), 2 dc in each st. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (24 sts)
Round 3: Ch 2, (dc in 1 st, 2 dc in next st), repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (36 sts)
Round 4: Ch 2, (dc in 2 sts, 2 dc in next st), repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (48 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, working in back loop only (sc in 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (60 sts)
Compare to bottom of the container you are using. Piece should be about the same size as container bottom or slightly smaller.
Round 6-11: Ch 1, dc in each st. (60 dc)
Round 12: Ch 1, sc in each st. (60 sc)
Round 13: Ch 2, dc in 13 sts, ch 1, skip 1, dc in 29 sts, ch 1, skip 1, dc in 16 sts. (58 sts, 2 ch 1 spaces)
Round 14-15: Ch 1, sc each st. (60 sc)
Round 16: Ch 1, *sc in 4 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, repeat from * around. (50 sts)
Round 17: Ch 1, *sc in 3 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Fit over container, spaces in round 13 should be over where the handle attaches.
Tie: Chain 75. Fasten off. Using yarn needle and tail weave in and out of Round 17. Pull snug and tie in knot or bow.
Handle: Ch 3, yo insert hook in first ch, yo and pull loop through, yo and pull though 1 loop (this creates the base ch you will go into on the next st), yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through 2 loops. *Yo insert hook in base ch, yo and pull loop through, yo and pull though 1 loop, yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * until piece is as long as the handle, with a odd number of bars.
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Weave the basket handle in and out of the bars. Reattach handle to basket and tack the first and last bar to the basket cover.
Round 1: With center color, ch 2, 7 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with slipstitch in top of first hdc. (7 hdc)
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each stitch. Join with slipstitch in first sc. (7 sc) This next round is going to feel awkward, but the rev sc is so worth the effort.
Round 3: Ch 1, rev sc in each stitch around. DO NOT join, but fasten off and use tail to close round.
Now you have completed the cup or trumpet part of your daffodil.
Round 4: Using the outside petal color, join yarn to any unused loop of hdc on round 1 with a slipstitch. *Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1, slipstitch all in the same st as slipstitch, slipstitch in the unused loop of next hdc, repeat from * around. DO NOT join, but fasten off and use tail to close round. (7 petals).
Weave in ends.
Using the same instructions you can make a larger center by starting with 9 or 11 hdc on round 1. That will give your daffodils 9 or 11 petals.
Leaf: Ch desired length for leaf. Slipstitch in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, hdc in remaining chains.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Stem: Chain desired length for stem. Slipstitch in 2nd chain from hook and each remaining chain.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
There are patterns for three sizes of containers, only the small is included here. The other sizes are available here.
By Suzie from Bellingham, WA
With the help of a pre-made crocheted doily, you can have a nice Easter Egg Basket Decoration!
Approximate Time: 2-3 hours
By Sandi from Yorktown, VA
First Round: SC in each SC around.
Second through 12th round: Working in back loop of stitch only, SC in each SC around.
NOTE: Pull work down to make sure it covers the bottle. If necessary, add additional rounds until it does. At this point, pull work down over bottle and stuff lightly with polyester stuffing, or hold a few strips of Quilt Batting (cut about 4x16 inches) around the bottle as you pull the work down.
Next Round: (Work in both loops of stitch for remaining rounds) *SC in first 3 STS. Skip 4th ST. Repeat from * around.
Next Round: *SC in first 2 STS. skip 3rd ST. Repeat from * around, continuing until opening is closed, then fasten off.
Repeat with MC for second ear. Also make 2 pieces with CC. Holding one of each color back to back with the CC facing you, using MC, crochet pieces together by making a SC through each ST of both pieces. Stuff lightly.
Cut 2 eyes as per pattern above right (see PDF).
Fasten 2 inch pompom to basket at beginning of Round 1. Glue ears upright over edge of basket opposite side from the tail. If you prefer you may sew them in place. With a length of MC yarn, tie handle to basket positioning each end midway between ears and tail. Using photo as a guide, glue face on front of basket. Add Easter grass to basket.
By Harlean from Arkansas
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