A Sugar Spun Basket

Materials: 2 balls (250 yds) American Thread "Star" mercerized crochet cotton, Article 20, size 30 Steel crochet hook, No. 11 or No. 12 Molding Materials: Commercial fabric stiffener or sugar syrup solution Glass 2" in dia. at bottom, 2 1/2" in dia. at top, 3 1/2" high Plastic wrap Ironing board Rust proof pins Special Note: Star book no. 45 *Treasure chest of Crochet* The American Thread Co in NY. 1946 Note: A sdc is what we refer to as a hdc. Base: Row 1) Ch 7, sl st in starting st, ch 3, 17 dc in ring; sl st in 3rd ch of beg. ch 7. Work following rnds in back lps. Row 2) Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem dc; sl st in ch 3, (36 dc counting the ch 3). Row 3) Ch 3, dc in same st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next), rep around (54 dc); sl st in ch 3. Row 4) Ch 3, dc in same st, (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc), rep around (72 dc); sl st in ch 3. Row 5) Ch 3, dc in same st (dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc), rep around (90 dc); sl st in ch 3. Row 6) Ch 3, dc in same st, (dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc), rep around (108 dc); sl st in ch 3. Row 7) Ch 1, sc in same st, (sc in next 5 dc, 2 sc in next dc), rep around (126 sc); sl st in ch 1. Fasten off. Pedestal:

Row 1) Ch 126; sl st in starting st; ch 5, 2 trc in same st, holding the last lp of each trc on hook, thread over and pull through all lps on hook at once (a cluster st), (ch 2, a 3 trc cluster st in next 3rd st of long ch) 41 times, ch 2, sl st in first cluster st, sl st in next sp. Row 2) (Ch 4, sc in next sp) rep around; sl st in ch 4. Row 3) Ch 5, a 2 trc cluster st in same lp, (ch 2, a 3 trc cluster st in next lp) rep around. ch 2, sl st in first cluster st, sl st in next sp. Repeat Rows 2 & 3 eight times, then rep row 2, once more. Heading Row: Row 1) Ch 3, sdc in next lp, (sdc: thread over, insert in st, pull through and work off all lps at one time), (ch 2, sdc in next lp), rep around; join with a sl st of 1st ch 3. Top: Row 1) Turn, sl st in last 2 ch; * ch 2, dc, ch 3 and trc in next sp, ch 3, trc, ch 3 and dc in next sp, ch 2, sc in next sp. Rep from * around (14 shells). Row 2) Ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next 2 ch, 4 sc in next sp, 5 sc in next, 4 sc in next, 2 sc in next), rep around; sl st in 1st sc. Row 3) Ch 1, turn and working in back lps, sk last sc; * sc in next 7 sc, 3 sc in next (center) sc, sc in next 7 sc, sk 2 sc in angle and rep from * around; sl st in first sc. Row 4) Ch 5 for a trc; * ch 1, a 3 trc cluster st in back lp of 1st of 3 sc at tip of next point, ch 5, a 3 trc cluster in next sc, ch 5, a cluster st in same st, ch 5, a cluster st in next sc, ch 1, trc down in sc in angle bet points; rep from * around; join with a final 1 ch to 5th st of 1st ch 6, sl st up to 3rd st of next 5 ch lp. Row 5) * Ch 7, trc, ch 7, trc in 3rd st of middle 5 ch, ch 7, sc in next 5 ch, ch 5, sc across in next 5 ch; rep from * around; sl st to center of next ch 7. Row 6) Ch 5 for a trc; * ch 5, a 3 dtrc cluster st in next 7 ch lp, (ch 7, a 3 dtrc cluster st in same lp), 3 times, ch 5, trc in next 7 ch, dc in next 5 ch lp, trc in next 7 ch lp; rep from * around; join final dc to 5th st of 1st 10 ch, sl st to center of next 5 ch. Row 7) * (Ch 5, sc in next lp, ch 5, sc in same lp) 3 times, ch 5, sc in next lp, dc in dc in angle, sc in next lp; rep from * around; sl st to center of 1st 5 ch lp. Row 8) * (Ch 6, sc in next lp) 6 times, dc in dc in angle, sc in next lp; rep from * around; sl st to center of 1st 6 ch lp. Row 9) * (Ch 7, sc in next lp) 5 times, 2 dc in dc in angle, sc in next lp; rep from * around; sl st to center of 1st 7 ch lp.

Row 10) * Ch 8, sc in next lp, ch 4, trc in next lp, (ch 4, trc in same lp), 3 times, ch 4, sc in next lp, ch 8, sc in next , dc in 2 dc in angle, sc in next lp; rep from * around, sl st to center of 1st 8 ch lp. Row 11) * (Ch 6, sc in next 4 ch lp) 5 times, ch 6, sc in next 8 ch lp, 1 dc in 1st dc in angle, 2 dc in next dc, sc in next 8 ch lp; rep from * around; sl st to center of 1st 6 ch lp. Row 12) * Ch 6, dc in next lp, (ch 7, dc in next), 3 times, ch 6, sc in next lp, 1 dc in 1st dc in angle, 3 dc in next, 1 dc in next, sc in next lp; rep from * around; sl st to center of 1st 6 ch lp. Row 13) 4 sc over balance of lp, 8 sc in next , * (4 sc, ch 5, sl st in last sc for a picot, and 4 sc) in next lp, 8 sc in next, 4 sc in next, dc in 1st 2 dc in angle, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, (4 sc in next lp), twice; ** ch 7, turn, sk last 2 dc in angle, dtrc in next dc, ch 7, trtrc in next dc, ch 7, dtrc in next dc, ch 7, sl st in next 8th sc, ch 7, sc in 5th st from hook for picot, ch 2, turn, dc in 4th st of last 7 ch lp, (ch 6, picot, ch 2, dc in 2nd st of next 7 ch lp, ch 6, picot, ch 2, dc in next 3rd st) twice, ch 6, picot, ch 2, dc in 4th st of next lp, ch 6, picot, ch 3, sl st in end sc; ** 4 sc over balance of lp; rep from * around; sl st to 8th sc and rep from ** to **. Fasten off, secure ends. Joining & Edging: Row 1) Crochet the edges of base and pedestal together with 1 sc through each st (126 sc). Row 2) * Ch2 , dc, ch 3, trc in next 4th sc, ch 3, trc, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in next 4th sc; rep from * around. (14 shells). Row 3) * 2 sc in next 2 ch, 4 sc in 3 ch, 3 sc, picot, and 2 sc in next 3 ch 4 sc in next, 2 sc in 2 ch; rep from * around. Fasten off, secure ends. Finishing: Insert glass in basket. Turn basket upside down on ironing board and stretch and pin top down flat in a true circle. Dampen entire basket thoroughly by patting and rubbing with a cloth dipped in very thick cooked, hot starch made of half sugar and half starch. Tip glass-filled pedestal of basket over at an angle. Hold in place by running a thread through one of the scallops around base, tied down to a pin on ironing board. Allow to stand until thoroughly dry and set. Remove from board. Run a knife blade down between crochet and glass to loosen. Clean glass and return to basket. Clear shellac can be used instead of sugar and starch. Apply shellac with a brush. Tip: Instead of using a solution made from sugar and starch, use commercial brands or a sugar syrup solution, wrap glass in plastic wrap before inserting the glass in basket. When dried, simply slip the crochet off by loosening the plastic wrap from the glass

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