Crocheting is not just about using different stitches to create different patterns and designs. It is also about playing with different textures to achieve different styles. For this project, I decided to mix and match Jute and synthetic Cord to crochet a basket. The jute string I’m using is rough and hard, whereas the cord is smooth and shiny. I want to create a basket with a traditional feel but with a modern twist.
The jute string is not only rough but also uneven. The naturally uneven string gave the basket a raw, but exquisite look. On the other hand, the cord color I chose was hot pink. The cord’s shiny texture made the hot pink even more chic—and hotter. Combining the two created the perfect combination that I was aiming for.
I love experimenting with different yarns and strings. Each type of string and yarn has a different drape and feel. Combining them creates a playful mixture of textures. A simple design becomes stylish depending on the color and yarn texture that you choose.
I was not able to make a pattern for this, but I just made a basic crochet round using (x) single crochet (US)/ double crochet (UK) stitches. I crocheted a circle as the basket base using the jute. After I achieved my desired size, I crocheted one round upwards (meaning I just crocheted with the same number of stitches for the next row) using the jute. I locked and secured the last jute round and switched to cord using the same hook. I just added more rows with the cord without increasing or decreasing the stitches on the next rows. I then switched back to jute to put a jute lining on top of the basket.
Have fun mixing and matching your yarn and strings! ❤
Hi! I’m Gale, a Crocheter, Crafter, Wanderer, and Researcher/ Ethnographer from the Philippines.
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