there were some questions about how i hardened the container and larger basket. below you will find a little explanation, but i’m no expert, so please, please do not ask me for detailed information, because i really do not know much about it.
if you like to shape and/or harden your crochet/knitting work there are textile hardeners available, but i have never worked with them mainly because i think they are expensive. and you can use spray starch, thanks lucie for the info 🙂
but here is the explanation about the container and a little more.
for the container i have a square glass jar used as a template, the bottom is a granny square and upwards it are simply single crochets without increasing.
the hardener is water-soluble glue which i diluted with the same amount of water in which i have dissolved three sugar packets (3 was just a guess). with the mixture i made the container thoroughly wet. the glass jar – my template – i wrapped with cling film before i have drawn the wet crocheted container over it. i used the hairdryer for a while and i let it dry for 24 hours, then i took i of using a knife to loosen it from the cling film and jar. it took a few days before the container was hardened properly. the result feels firm, but it’s not super strong, so do not expect miracles. i think the shape is pretty but one or two times in the washing machine and the glue and sugar are probably completely washed out.
the larger basket (made of yarn leftovers) i have hardened in the same way as the container. if you like to make a large basket too, you can use this tutorial for the bottom and stop with increasing the number of stitches if you think the bottom is large enough. the two rows with an open structure you create with crocheting small groups of 2hdctog (two half double crochet together) with 1 chain between them.
the small bowls – not hardened – are made as follows (this is a very brief description):
crochet two chains, 8 single crochets into the second stitch from hook, join. first row two sc in each stitch and then multiply every row with eight stitches until you think the bottom is large enough, thereafter keep crocheting single crochets without increasing to create the bowl shape. if you like you can crochet 1 or 2 rows of slip stitches along the top edge which will give the bowl a somewhat rounder shape.
that is it, have fun with your yarn and glue;) !