Combining thin string with a thicker rope gives you a stylish finished result. Here we have used a 6mm Hampex rope and some seaming thread to create this beautiful crocheted basket. The instructions below are for a rectangle basket, but if you want to make a round basket, follow the instructions as they are, but wrap the rope in a spiral instead of in straight lines and continue making single crochet stitches until the base of the basket is the desired diameter.
To make a rectangular basket, start by making a chain of chain stitches. This chain should be around half as long as you want the finished basket to be. Place a length of rope alongside your stitch chain.
When you come to the end of the chain, fold the rope and continue to make single crochet stitches around the rope and through the stitch chain.
Continue to make single crochet stitches around the rope and through the previous single crochet stitches, so that the rope forms an oval shape as shown.
When you are satisfied with the size of the base, place the rope over the edge of the base as shown and continue to make single crochet stitches around the rope to start forming the sides of your basket. Be extra careful to ensure that the rope sits firmly in place while you do this.
If you want to make a handle for your basket, you can do this by not making single crochet stitches in the stitches from the previous round along a suitable-sized section of the rope. This will leave a gap that will act as a handle.
Finishing your basket
When you are satisfied with the height of your basket, it is time to cut the rope. Apply a piece of masking tape where you want to cut the rope and then cut the rope at an angle. Use a match to melt the end of the rope a little and then make a few single crochet stitches over it.