Who knew the camera in an iPhone could be so much fun? I've been playing with photo filters on the phone while waiting for appointments, and some of my experiments resulted in terrific Pink Friday eye candy.
Nevertheless, the Nikon is my favorite camera.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this Sunday is Denver's Race for the Cure, one of the biggest in the country. The entire metro area decks the halls in pink, including Englewood's pink fountain!
Pink Fridays were a big motivation behind going forward with my Yellow Friday project. I would love to see all cancer put to a complete and utter end, but breast cancer has been a cause close to my heart for a very long time because my grandmother's sister lost a battle to the disease long before I knew what cancer means. It was my first experience with cancer, and my great aunt (my grandmother's youngest sister) left behind two small children.
Since then, I've watched several friends, acquaintances and co-workers go through breast cancer battles of their own. Too many people must face this horrible disease. I am very proud to honor them with this week's first Pink Friday pattern. (Made with my very own Pink Pizazz hand-dyed thread, too!)
You may do whatever you'd like with baskets you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Finished Size: 3 inches wide, 3 inches tall
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, paintbrush that won't be used for anything else, stainless steel pins that won't be used for anything else, pinning surface such as a pizza box (see my snowflake patterns for more detailed instructions on stiffening), medical, perfume or vitamin, etc. bottles for shaping if desired, about four inches of ribbon for bow if desired
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 12 dc in ring; sl st in top of 1st dc. Pull magic circle tight.
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Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each dc around for a total of 24 dc, sl st in starting dc.
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), working in back loop only, 1 dc in each dc around for a total of 24 dc; sl st in starting dc. (bottom of basket formed)
Rounds 4-5: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 1 dc in each dc around for a total of 24 dc each round; sl st in starting dc.
Round 6: To shape rim of basket, ch 1 (does not count as sc), 1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 6 st, 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next st, 3 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 3 st; sl st in starting sc; sl st in starting sc.
Round 7: Ch 1 (does not count as sc), 1 sc in each of next 7 st, 2 sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 3 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 14 st, 2 sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 3 dc in each of next 2 dc, 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc; sl st in starting sc.
Row 8: For optional lace scallop edging, * ch 5, sk 2 st, sl st in next st, 8 times; sl st in next st, then repeat from * around to start; sl st in ending sl st of Round 7.
Row 9: To form basket handle, *ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (shell made); repeat from * 9 times; taking care not to twist handle (unless you want twists in the handle) sl st between middle of Round 7 14 sc (between 2 sl st of Round 9) on opposite side of basket; bind off. Weave in ends.
Finish: My yellow basket was finger shaped in one step simply by painting the outside of the basket and both sides of the handle with full-strength water soluble scool glue. The yellow basket has only 8 shells in the handle instead of 10, and I did not include the scalloped edge. The finger-shaped basket is acceptable, but I think the appearance of the teal and pink baskets shaped with pill bottles and glitter containers are much more attractive.
I stiffened the teal and pink baskets in three steps: (a) the scalloped edging first by securing the handle out of the way, pinning the basket rim upside down fully stretched. painting just the edge of the basket with full –strength water soluble school glue and allowing to dry overnight but gently curving the long sides of the basket upward (as shown), (b) the basket second by inserting a glitter container that perfectly fit the size of the basket, painting the outside of the basket with full-strength water soluble school glue and allowing to dry overnight, and (c) the handle third by gently inserting a pill bottle that perfectly fit the size of the handle through the handle, painting the outside of the handle with full-strength water soluble school glue and allowing to dry overnight.
After stiffening, tie a ribbon on the handle to form a bow. I doubled the ribbon on the pink basket to make a four-loop bow.
Fill basket with candy, ribbon flowers, tiny amigurumi, crocheted flowers or real flowers and present basket as a gift. Watch the recipient glow with happiness, and feel good about doing something kind for someone else.