I have not been around for the last month. First I went on vacation, then I had a bout with tendonitis that made it impossible to crochet. Or do much of anything, even brushing my teeth was difficult.
I promised to write this pattern for an oval basket liner. I have finally gotten it down on paper and all of the photos uploaded. It took forever. Over an hour to get them from the camera to the computer. I don't know why it is so slow. Does anyone else think Picasa is slow, or is it just me?
It is really simple to make and you can adjust it to any size of basket, you will just keep increasing until the bottom is the right size. The same for the sides.
Here goes. Step 1:
Measure how wide the bottom of the basket is. Measure the length. Subtract the width from the length and you will make a chain that long.
Row 2: Change colors here if you want to. Join on one of the sides and dc until you get to the first dc in the 5 dc cluster. 3 dc in that first dc. Then 1 dc, 3 dc, 1 dc, 3 dc. Dc in each stitch until you get to the other 5 dc cluster. 3 dc in first dc, 1 dc, 3 dc, 1 dc, 3 dc. Then dc until you meet the first stitch. Join and fasten off.
Row 3: The first three rows will have the same number of dc's on the sides. For this basket that is 9 dc on the sides before the increases start. Attach new color and dc until the first dc in the 3 dc cluster. Then* 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc, 2dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 2dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1dc, 2 dc*. Then dc in each stitch until next increase starts. Then repeat **. Dc till first dc and then join and fasten off.
Row 4: Attach new color and dc to first increase. Here the stitch pattern is *2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1dc, 2 dc*. Dc until next increase and repeat **. Then dc to first stitch and join and fasten off.
Row 5: Attach new color. Dc to first increase. By now you should see a pattern. * 2dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, 1dc, 1 dc, 2 dc*. Then dc to next increase and repeat **. Dc to first stitch and join and fasten off. There are 6 increases on each end of the oval. If you need to make the base larger, just keep going in this manner. This was big enough for mine.
I made ten rows for the sides. Two rows with now increases to start from the base and then an increase round every third row. Mine fit perfectly. To attach it to the basket I sewed the yarn through the top of the stitches and the openings of the basket.
Bamboo Ewe and I love it.
If anyone has any questions, please let me know. I am not a great pattern writer. I hope to get better by writing more of them. :)