Have you ever tried to crochet around a rope? You just need a rope and a not too thin yarn and you are ready to get started. You have to crochet around the rope in spiral rounds. I have used for my Baskets a thick rope and a package cord – and they have become incredibly stable.
I crocheted the bottom only with the package cord until I reached the desired size.
Then I started with the rope, because now I was able to crochet around the rope very easily without worrying about the increase. I also started to crochet a chain stitch between every single crochet stitch and in the next round I crocheted the single crochet around the chain stitch. I hid the end of the rope underneath the outer edge and it is not visible.
The baskets are very stable – but crocheting around a rope is pretty tough for the fingers and you should take your time.
Originally I had planned to crochet a dog bed – and because I loved the result with the baskets I also tried this technique with the dog bed again.
Here you can see how I made the dog bed:
1 Crochet the bottom until you reach the desired size and then crochet around the rope and make between every single crochet a chain stitch
2 Crochet in spiral rounds
3 After the 3rd round, cut the two ends of the rope
4 Make one more round without the chain stitch in between the single crochet
5 Crochet two more rounds only in the back loops and then change the color to white and crochet in spiral rounds until you reach the bottom, change the color again and decrease the stitches in every round until the bottom is closed.
6 (Almost) finished basket
7 and 8 If you want, you can make a bow and sew it to the dog bed
Actually you do not need so much stability for a dog bed of this size, but it was fun, to try something different. The crocheted dog bed (without rope), the pattern for the bow and the food bowl is available as a PDF document.
I crocheted a foodbowl …
… and tinkered a doghouse. You can download the template, then print and transfer it to cardboard. After that you can glue the parts together.
The houses were really cute! Mmmmhhh, but a doghouse out of wood would be more beautiful …
Thought – Done: Since I have no experience with woodwork, I tried to make it with wooden Popsicle sticks. I colored the sticks for the cottage with coffee and for the roof, I used acrylic paint.
I used cardboard with a similar color so that gaps would not stand out so much. Then I cut the sticks with a household scissors in the right length and glued them on.
Middle: The corner and the roof are glued.
Right: To make the corners look a bit nicer and to lift off to the house from the ground, you can glue a few tailored sticks to the corners
Now glue the roof on top. You can also glue a few sticks as a ridge for the roof.
Although my house looks a little bit crooked , I was very proud of my very first doghouse. Have fun and see you soon !!!
PDF-Pattern: Dog Bed, Bowl