crochet pattern: square jute and cotton stacking baskets

My round jute and cotton stacking baskets hardly need an introduction. Somehow, they are all over Pinterest. Not that I am complaining. On the contrary – the interest has been really humbling.

That’s why I am so happy to announce that their eagerly awaited square version is finally here.

Square Basket - JaKiGu Crochet Pattern

This pattern took way, way longer than I ever thought possible to publish, but at last here it is, in my Etsy shop, and also via Craftsy and Ravelry.

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

The 25-page instantly downloadable PDF file contains instructions to crochet 3 perfectly stackable square crochet baskets. Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Aside from nine written pattern sections, this instructional booklet is packed full with 37 high-quality detail-focused photos, four step-by-step photo tutorials, and many useful notes, tips, and tricks.Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

These three square baskets complement the round set perfectly both in size and proportion, and will add to your growing collection of simple, practical, and lasting home decor items made with the simplest of natural fibres: jute and cotton.Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

And now, both patterns are available in a bundle on Etsy at a 25% discount!

JaKiGu Crochet Pattern Bundle

And, as a reader of JaKiGu blog, you can get the already discounted bundle for less! Use coupon code BLOGDVEZA9 at Etsy checkout for a total of 43.75% OFF! It’s a “buy one and get one for a dollar” kind of deal 😉

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

Square Stacking Baskets by JaKiGu

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18 thoughts on “crochet pattern: square jute and cotton stacking baskets

  1. This Jute looks very difficult to crochet! My hands are hurting just thinking about it. Is it not stiff and difficult to pull stitches through?
    I have worked with a cotton and hemp blend and found it very difficult to work with….and my hands were aching after just working small portions of the pattern. Is there a trick to make it work more easily?

    1. I won’t lie: jute is tough. It’s rougher, tougher, stiffer, and coarser than any other yarn I have ever worked with. To boot, it doesn’t glide up and down a finger. It *can* be unpleasant to work with. Its roughness doesn’t bother me, but I can see how jute might not be the most popular material to work with. At the same time, it is these very properties that help create the firmest, most durable crochet baskets I’ve ever held.
      As for tricks, whenever I work with jute, I hold the cord between my left thumb and index finger instead of winding it around my fingers. A reader a while ago also suggested wearing cotton gloves when crocheting with jute. I haven’t tried it as I got used to working with jute quite quickly, but I say it’s worth a try! Let me know if any of these work for you!

  2. These look amazing, and would work so well for baby things!
    I am considering buying the pattern, but I am trying to see about materials first. What kind of jute you use for the baskets? I’ve never worked with it, but gave seen that at local Joanns they carry different thickness….
    Thank you!

    1. Hi, Nadia – you’re right; my 2-1/2 year old son uses them to store all his blocks and soft toys! I used the Hobby Lobby jute; but 3-ply, 3mm Darice brand sold by JoAnn should work well, too – you might need to adjust gauge a little, but not too much.

  3. I would like to know approximately how much materials cost to make a set of these stacking baskets. Could you list the material requirements for doing a set so I can research it, or give a ballpark figure? They’re great! I’d love to make them, but want to have an idea of what I’m getting into dollarwise first. Thanks for the pattern!

    1. Hi: Cost will vary depending on what materials you use. If you use the suggested brands, you will need 6 rolls of Hobby Lobby jute at $3 each, and 6 2.5-oz balls of Sugar n’ Cream cotton (prices vary by retailer – currently $2.39 each at JoAnn), which comes to an approximate total cost of $32 for all three baskets (square of round). I hope this helps.

  4. Hi! I love these! I just started to crochet and I know you said it wasn’t best for beginners but I just have to try! I wondered whether the square baskets are harder than the round ones? Thanks!

    1. Hi! If you are just starting, I’d recommend trying the round ones first – it IS simpler.

      I have to be honest, the first couple of rounds on the square base can test patience of an experienced crocheter 😉 If you decide to try the square set first, I recommend that you not only mark the starting stitch of each round, but also each corner chain 1 (or chain 2) space. And if you want to be absolutely sure you’re working the stitches into the correct spots, you can also mark the joining slip stitch – to remind yourself NOT to work any stitches into that one. And also, check out the tutorial on where to work single crochets after working the corner (on page 9) – it’s easy to skip one here.

      Unlike with a simple circle, when working a square there cannot be a mistake when it comes to stitch count – otherwise, it won’t be a square! So, constantly checking your stitch count is of utmost importance.

      Whichever pattern you decide to try, you can email me with any questions you have! (My email address is on the last page of either pattern.)

      Have fun creating!

  5. Hello Jana,
    What a coincidence!
    I came up with the same idea in April 2015:
    https://katkatkatoen.blogspot.be/2015/04/touw-en-katoen.html
    Ofcourse your pictures and your crochet look more professional, but I had just started my blog back in March 2015.
    I guess you just have to post these ideas at the right moment, at the right place to get this kind of success.
    But I wish you all the best and good luck on selling your pattern!
    I’m sure to visit your blog again because there are many beautiful designs here.
    Have a nice day,
    Sigrid

    1. Hi, Sigrid,
      Great minds think alike! I adore your planter cover. There is something so soothing about the neutral colors and simple design.

      I very much appreciate your kind words about my blog and photography. I wish I had anything to do with the viral success of one of my patterns. The attention has been both humbling, and completely beyond my control. Someone somewhere randomly pinned a link to my blog, and one year later – people still visit. I don’t get it. Social media perplex me 🙂

      This square set was created upon urging from my readers and fellow crocheters who wanted a rectangular set to complement the round jute and cotton set I started working on back in 2014. You can see the evolution of the original round design in these three work-in-progress blog posts:

      https://jakigu.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/work-in-progress-jute-and-cotton-baskets/
      https://jakigu.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/work-in-progress-stacking-baskets/
      https://jakigu.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/crochet-pattern-stacking-baskets/

  6. For the square option, are there instructions included as to how to convert to a narrow, long rectangle?

    Beautiful, simple design. I’ve been looking all over stores to find something like this then I find your site on Pintrest. Love it!

    1. Hi, Beth:

      The square version only includes instructions to crochet a square basket, with all four sides of equal length. I have not yet published a rectangle version, even though it’s been on my to-do list for quite some time. Still, if you are a crocheter with a little bit of experience, the square version could easily be altered to make a rectangular basket by crocheting the base as a rectangle instead of a square (there are quite a few lovely free online tutorial s for crocheting a single crochet rectangle), and then following the instructions for the sides (the stitch count will be off, but all other steps ca be followed to a T.)

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