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Vintage Flower Basket

Flower Basket


This Flower Basket is of a vintage patern with girly frills skirting both the top and the bottom of the basket.

I am pasting the original pattern here but will give you a photographic explaination on how to work ths very pretty and extremely easy pattern…It’s so easy that I finished this in just 4-5 hours.

It’s a great adn unusal pattern to use to give gifts of chocolate, flowers, scented soap bars, little aromatherapy oils and scents etc…….

Materials Needed are:

#10 Aunt Lydia’s thread….it comes in 100 gm balls…but you will need jsut 1/3rd of it.

Hook 1.75mm is what I used ..you can go utp to 2:00mm



plastic wrap

A cardboard roll  or any hollow pipe cut to size to hold the shape of the basket

wood glue/quickfix/ a very strong starch spray


To decorate the basket 

Ribbons/bows/satin flowers,buttons/stars etc


Here there are 2 patterns…I am doing only the first one now. In this post since the pattern has been given in such detail, I am not going to write out each row…rather I have taken pics as I made this and have used them here to help you along.

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Row 1:

3ch…then 23 dcs into a 5chain loop; ss.


Row 2:

3ch, dc in same space; dc; 2 dc in same space;,dc until end then ss.




Row 3:

Same as Row 2


Row 4:



Row 5


Row 6: 

Once the required base is acquired….you need to get the basket to build upwards….so cut the thread and begin to hook in the back loop only.  The pic below is form the internet and not my own…but it will help illustrate what back loop and front loop is.


Rows 7  to 15:






Row 16:

Now from here on up to the 23rd row the top of the basket widens like a funnel…Follow the stick count carefully…

Row 17 to 23: Pls refer to the pattern above



Top Ruffle

Row 24 to 27: Please check the  pattern above…


Bottom Ruffle

Please check the pattern above…


Please check the pattern above…



Use a mixture of  Fabric gum and quick fix….and paint it over the basket allowing the mixture to soak into the thread.

Folllow the instructions as above to shape the basket.

Add some pretty bows, buttons and flowers….fix the handle and You have a very pretty basket.


Raksha Bandhan Rakhee Ideas and Patterns

Rakhee Patterns




We Indians celebrate almost everything……..we have celebrations for spring, summer, harvesting, the monsoons, for full moon nights, for moonless nights, for love, for growing old, birth, weddings, birthdays, and the list goes on and on.

Since the Hindu religion allows us to see God in anything….we have a multitude of Gods as well….though the Vedas(the Holiest of all our sacred texts stipulate that they are all one)…and all these Gods have gazillions of epics written about them….so we celebrate days that they triumphed over evil, their earthly births and other note worthy incidents.

Raksha Bandhan is the festival where brothers and sisters celebrate their love for each other.  Sisters are required to tie an ornate band around their brother’s wrists…something like a friendship band……and in India we call them Rakhis.

These are the Rakhees, that were made by me last year….and I followed the pattern in the link below to make the motif. The motif can be found on page 49 and 50.

 For the tie up ..I simply got gold, green and red yarn and braided it together, tying knots at each end to hold the braid in.  I also crocheted a square base so that you can see the red peeping thru the gaps in the motif and started the first circle with matt coloured beads.

used Anchor #20 thread in 3 colours….red and green. Hook#1.25



Here again the pattern is of a 3 layered rose…taken from page #61, from the link above.  I sewed in the beads here and made the tie on exactly as I did above.

Used DMC#8 and a .90mm hook.


Here, the centre piece was crocheted according to the pattern found in this blog….


Used variegated Anchor cotton#20 and a 1.25 hook.





Well….Have an Awesum Raksha Bandhan Day…….Brothers Rock!!!!….let’s keep them loved and close to us….:-))