My very first beaded crochet

April 1st, 2004 · 18 Comments · Uncategorized

beading close upWell, two days ago I knew nothing about beaded crochet. Today, I have finished my very first piece. It was so much fun!!! I read about how to do it in Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet, and that’s all I needed to get me started!

I’ve been thinking lately about projects with a recycling theme. I’d been bouncing around ideas about what could be done with all those “500 Hours Free!” internet CD’s I keep amassing from junk mail and just can’t seem to throw away. So… I decided to make a basket.

There are a gajillion patterns out there for old CDs [check Crochet Pattern Central and Crochet & Crafts Link Index], most of them for coasters or hot pads, but I don’t need any of those. (I love my sandstone coasters too much and I’ve got other hot pad patterns on my to-do list). I did find one other CD basket pattern, but it incorporates six CDs and is very different from mine.

So, without further ado, I present to you the one, the only, the fantabulous, Recycled CD Rolled-Edge Basket! laugh It’s done all in single crochet. The CD is completely covered and provides bottom support for the basket. The sides are thick and sturdy, so it doesn’t need fabric stiffener.

Project: Recycled CD Rolled-Edge Basket

Source: My own original creation

Yarn: Two strands held together, one each of Red Heart Baby Teri, Color 9121 Yellow and Red Heart Super Saver, Color 313 Aran

Hook: Size H

Beads: Create-A-Craft large rocailles, Color 02-Multi, purchased at Walmart

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Julie // Apr 2, 2004 at 1:36 pm

    ;) But do you really think an aol disc deserves to be covered up by something so pretty? lol

  • 2 BklynVonne // Apr 4, 2004 at 12:10 am

    Congratulations, and welcome to the world of beads!

  • 3 Julie // Apr 2, 2004 at 3:47 am

    Donna! It’s very sweet, I love it! That’s great!

  • 4 Jen // Apr 5, 2004 at 5:01 am

    Great stuff! I have to give that a go!

  • 5 Pam // Apr 3, 2004 at 4:03 pm

    I love it! I’ve never crocheted with beads. I have to try it now. I love the way it looks. :)

  • 6 tiff // Apr 2, 2004 at 5:54 pm

    I love it! You’d done a great job and I can’t wait for the pattern. :)

  • 7 Pennie // Mar 14, 2005 at 12:29 pm

    love the basket, still waiting for the pattern.. including how you worked the beads into it..

  • 8 Siow Chin // Apr 6, 2004 at 8:16 am

    Lovely and functional! Looking forward to the pattern.

  • 9 Vicki // Apr 2, 2004 at 11:15 pm

    Really cute basket! You can even add a handle and some flowers! (but I love the beads though). Can you imagine the entire thing in beads? Wow!

  • 10 Donna // Apr 16, 2004 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you, Jackie, Ulla, and Siow Chin!

  • 11 Donna // Apr 2, 2004 at 6:42 am

    Thanks, Julie and Chie!

    Oh, yes, the pattern will be coming. :) I’m going to write it out from memory, but then I’ll have to crochet another one (without beads, in the interest of time) to make sure I’ve written it down correctly. ;)

  • 12 Donna // Apr 2, 2004 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks, Julie and Marie!

    LOL, ain’t it the truth, Julie?! ;) When I got to the last bit, which is whipstitching the CD in, I thought, “A person could make this without the CD.” But then when it was done, it was a ton sturdier with the CD than without and it doesn’t show throught at all. :)

  • 13 Donna // Apr 5, 2004 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks, Tiff, Vicki, Vera, Pam, BklynVonne, and Jen!! ;)

  • 14 marie // Apr 2, 2004 at 2:08 pm

    That is so cool! I love it! I’ve done some beaded crochet but mostly with thread and seed beads, it is fun. :)

  • 15 Vera // Apr 3, 2004 at 12:22 am

    That is so cute. I’ve never tried to crochet with beads, but I should.

  • 16 Jackie // Apr 5, 2004 at 11:17 pm

    Very cute! I used to bead doilies…this was BC – BC in my life means “Before Child”. ;)

  • 17 Chie // Apr 2, 2004 at 6:11 am

    Very nice! I love those beads on the basket. I have been wanting to try beaded crochet. I think I should try it too. :) Do you plan to have the pattern here for everyone? :P

  • 18 ulla fredriksson // Apr 6, 2004 at 6:56 am

    What a wonderful bowl.Keep crocheting with beads.I recommend wristwarmers with beads.I have done black ones with small beads in different colours on wool yarn.Just lovely.

    Ulla in the north of Sweden

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