I have a lot of shipping materials floating around my house because I do a lot of shipping, and I try to reuse whatever I can, whenever I can. As a bookbinder, I’m very conscious of my carbon footprint–I use linen, cotton, and wool paper and try to go tree free wherever I can, but it’s not always possible, especially when the decision is in someone else’s hands. I’ve been loving these baskets I’ve been spying on Pinterest (also here, and here), and having taken a workshop from Aimee Lee on shifu (Korean paper spinning), I put 1+1+1 together to make this:I used my ruler to rip long strips of packing paper the width of my ruler and then scrunched them in my fist; I didn’t actually spin them.
I started crocheting using the magic circle method, making a round of six single crochet stitches. For the second round, insert your hook into the first single crochet of the first round and draw up a loop. Then lay two strips of scrunched paper between your hook and yarn tail, and yarn over over the strips of paper (yes, I do believe there should be two overs there). Here’s a video showing what I mean (start watching at about four minutes to skip the preamble).
For this second round, you will complete two single crochet stitches in the top of every single stitch from the first round, leaving you with 12 stitches. For each subsequent round, increasing six stitches will keep it approximately flat.
About six inches before the end of my strips of paper, I tore one off so I wouldn’t be adding two strips at the same time and my strips would overlap.When you think the bottom is big enough, decrease the number of increases or stop increasing altogether, depending on how steep you want the sides to be.
If you confine your increases to four equidistant spots, the basket will be somewhat squarish. I did one circular basket with steep sides, and the other one, I made my increases on two opposite sides, resulting in a bit of an oval.
If you would like to purchase these darling book magnets you see in my basket, head over to my Etsy shop!