For this month's project, I thought I'd try out something that maybe useful as Christmas gifts. This make in particular is very easy and very quick to make. Even if you have the most basic of crochet skills (like me!).

My crochet skills are limited to the granny square sequence, so if you know how to do this, you can make this super handy crochet storage basket. I love crochet baskets - you can easily adjust the type of yarn (or repeats) for a different size basket, and different kinds of yarn will give different colours and textures.

For this project I used the wonderfully chunky DMC Zpagetti yarn. This yarn comes in lots of colours, but I went with the camel option, as it's a good neutral. The yarn is made up from leftovers from the fashion industry - it's long strips of fabric, rather than spun yarn. It's v easy to use, and the only minor issue I had (which was very quickly resolved), was getting used to the elasticity: the yarn does have a bit of stretch.

I used this free pattern, and did as many repeats as I wanted to get the size basket I was after.

I used up just over half the yarn, and will be making another (shallower and wider) one with the leftovers. They make excellent storage baskets, and as the yarn does stretch a bit, the basket can expand to accommodate whatever you want to stuff into it! I think it's especially useful for keeping all the bits and pieces of a project together - I'm using it for my ongoing granny square blanket.

If you want to make your own, everything you need is available in my materials list which includes the yarn and a nice sturdy crochet hook (size 15mm). I guarantee you won't stop at just one!