When I first made this crochet rope basket back in June 2013 I really wasn’t expecting to get much of reaction. To me it was just something I made for a specific space and use. However, it turns out that people like baskets a lot more than I thought – this is easily my most viewed project, and it inspired me to follow it up with Diamond Trellis and its successors (Diamond Trellis Rectangular and Honeycomb Pop).
When I first published the post on how to make a basket by crocheting over rope, one of the questions I got people asking was how well it would last. Given that it was newly made I couldn’t really say!
So now we are nearly 3 years down the line I thought I’d write a follow up with recent pictures, because as you can see we are still making use of the original.
It gets light but daily use holding my husband’s socks – an unglamourous job but something had to fulfil this task! So obviously if you use the principle to make a cat/dog basket (as many of you seem to have done, judging by the Ravelry project page) then I don’t suppose it will last quite as well as this.
To me the basket feels less stiff, and principally I think this is because the rope and cotton have both softened and stretched a little. I do periodically (as in every few months when I can be bothered) pull it back into its original shape as the bottom of the sides can sag out a little. Also, some of the places where the rope is patched together from one length to the next are showing – but still reasonably secure. So I’m expecting this to last another few years at least!
If you’ve made this project then please let me know how yours has held up – particularly if you used quite a different rope or yarn.