Look at those little baskets. How cute are they?
Don’t you want to be a child again and get to play with them?
Oh, the stories you can tell with these…
Now all you need is a Peg Doll family and off you go to Lalaland.
My friend Aleta offers her beautiful peg dolls in her Australian as well as her US-based shop. (My accessories patterns are created and made specifically to fit her peg doll families 🙂 )
Where would you go? What would you bring or collect? Will you go to the Fairy Garden and get some mushrooms with magical powers? Eggs from a friendly dragon or a Griffin? Enchanted seeds? Miraculous melons?
Or maybe you go to the markets, get some produce and cook up a spectacular meal?
I’m sure endless stories will come up once you or your children get started.
And the best thing: you can make those sets really quickly, even if you are a beginning crocheter.
As long as you are familiar with the most basic stitches (single crochet, double crochet and slip stitch), you will be off with the Fairies in no time.
Peg Doll Crochet Pattern Collections - Autumn Baskets
You will need:
- 4ply or 8ply yarn (I used 100% cotton yarn, 8ply from Lincraft)
- Crochet hook that matches your yarn (I used a 4mm/US F(5)-G(6)/UK 8/Japan 7/0)
- Tapestry needle
Abbreviations and Stitches (US terms):
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
BLO – back loop only
*…* – repeat from * to *
You should be familiar with a magic ring. If you don’t know how or don’t want to use the magic ring, replace with 3 chains and close with sl st into the 1st chain.
Instead of finishing with a slip stitch, I recommend using the invisible finish. It is nicer than the bump a simple slip stitch usually creates. Planet June provides an easy to follow left- and right-handed tutorial how to do the invisible finish.
These projects are super easy, but it is essential that your stitches are consistent 🙂
In order to keep in scale with the Peg Dolls, try to keep within the following parameters:
4-ply (smaller version baskets):
28 sts x 36 rows = 10cm x 10cm /4″ x 4″
8-ply (bigger version baskets):
21 sts x 29 rows = 10cm x 10cm / 4″ x 4″
Oval Autumn Basket
Ch6, 2 hdc in 2nd st from the hook, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the last ch, turn to the other side, 2 more hdc in the last ch (4sc altogether), hdc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in last ch of this side (same st as the first 2 hdc were made into), sl st into both loops of first st.
Ch1, 2 hdc in the same st as the ch1, 2 hdc in next st, 3 hdc, 2 hdc in the next 4 sts, 3 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st, sl st in top of the first st.
Ch1, hdc in 3rd loop of each st, sl st in the top of the first st.
Ch1, hdc in each st around, sl st in the top of the first st.
Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in the top of the first st or use the invisible finish to complete.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Autumn Potato Basket
Rounds 1-3 are worked continuously, without sl st. Just keep on crocheting
6 sc into magic ring (6 sc)
2 sc in each st (12 sc)
*2sc in next st, 2 sc* 4 times (16 sc), sl st into next st.
Ch1, hdc in BLO of each st around, sl st to top of first st (16 hdc)
as round 4
Ch1, 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc, sl st to top of the first st (14 sc)
Ch1, 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc, ch12. Sl st into first st or make invisible finish.
Fasten off and weave in ends
Autumn High Storage Basket With Handles
10 hdc in magic ring, sl st to top of the first st (10 hdc)
Ch1, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to top of the first st (20 hdc)
Ch1, hdc in BLO of same st as sl st and in every BLO around, sl st to top of the first st (20 hdc)
Ch1, hdc in each st around, sl st to top of the first st (20 hdc)
Ch1, *3 sc, ch4, skip 4 st and sc in next st (=5th st from last sc), 2 sc* twice, sl st to top of the first st. Fasten off and finish with invisible finish, weave in ends. (12 sc, 2 x ch4)
Autumn Hamper Basket With Handles
6 sc in magic ring (6 sc) – Don’t join with a sl st, just keep on crocheting in a spiral unless stated otherwise. From here on it helps to either use a stitch marker, or simply just count the stitches as you go.
2 sc in each st around (12 sc)
*2 sc in next st, sc* 6 times (18 sc)
*2 sc in next st, 2 sc* 6 times, sl st to top of the next st (24 sc)
Ch1, sc in 3rd loop of each st around (24 sc)
Round 6 -7:
Sc in each st around (24 sc)
*4 sc, ch5, skip one st and sc in the next (2nd from the ch), 6 sc* twice.
If you make another 2 sc, you can end with the invisible finish close to the handle, which will give you an even nicer and even less visible finish.
Fasten off and weave in ends. (22 sc, 2 x ch5)
Make them in natural, bold or pastel colours, depending on your or your child’s preference.
Which one is your favourite?