I found a couple of yards of royal blue knit fabric at a thrift store. Hey, that’s one of Glen’s school colors!
I’ve seen baskets like these all over the place on Pinterest. I tried to follow one of the patterns, but it didn’t work for me. I think my fabric yarn ended up being thicker than the stuff the pattern designers used, because when I tried to crochet the bottom, it turned out all ruffly. So I ripped that out and went freestyle.
I used double crochet instead of single crochet, and I increased my stitches more slowly too when I was making the bottom of the basket. I had a few false starts, but I eventually got the hang of it.
I kept going until I ran out of the blue fabric yarn, and then I destashed some white polyester knit and made that into yarn too. I just barely had enough to make the basket.
The basket is pretty good sized – about a foot in diameter.
He’s not sure what he’s going to do with it. The kids had several suggestions. My favorite was that he could put it on his desk like a tip jar. He could seed the basket with a little of his own money to get people started. Maybe even a $5 bill to offer a subtle suggestion. Do professors get tips?? Where do my kids get these ideas??