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Twine Basket

About 9" in diameter.
Lightweight Jute Twine (about weight of heavy sports yarn), 4 balls Natural
Size J aluminium crochet hook.
Gauge : 4 sc = 2".
NOTE= use 2 strands of twine held as one tog. throughout.
Basket: with 2 strands held tog as one, ch 6 and join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: work 8 sc in ring. Do not join, but cont to work around in a spiral. Mark beg of round and carry marker up.
Rnd2: work 2 sc in each sc around (16sc).
Rnd3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (24sc).
Rnd 4: *sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around (32sc).
Rnd5: *sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around (40sc).
Rnd6: *sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around (48sc).
Rnd7: *sc in 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around (56sc). St st in next 2 sc.
Rnd 8: (beg side of Basket): sc in each sc around (56sc).
Rnds 9-13: Rep rnd 8. At end of last round, sl st in 3 sc. Fasten off.
Handle: Cut 24 lengths of jute about 32" long. Divide into 6 groups of 4 strands each. Use a short piece of jute to hold 3 strands tog at top. Braid to about 14"to15". Tie bottom end with another piece of jute. Trim excess from bottom edge if necessary. Make another braid with the other 3 groups. Using a yarn needle and a piece of jute, place braids side by side and weave together. Attach to basket.