Well, 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! 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