Wildlife Snuggery Crochet Hanging Basket

Meet Leilani a Possum in the care of Kinjarling Marsupial Rescue.  When this Snuggery was hung in her enclosure Leilani was quick to snuggle up in it and that is how these crochet hanging baskets came to be called a "Snuggery".

Wildlife Snuggery Crochet Pattern


Pattern Difficulty

Easy

NB: Although this crochet pattern is "easy" it is more challenging to work up then is usual for crochet items as a smaller hook is used with a super-bulky yarn ensuring the Snuggery has sufficient structure to it.

You may be tempted to use a larger hook which would allow the work to proceed more easily but please do not do so as your finished Snuggery will not be suitable for wildlife. Take frequent breaks from your crochet as working these hanging baskets is tiring on hands and wrists.


Hook

5.5 mm hook

NB: If normally you crochet loosely you may need to go down a hook size, use the smallest size hook you are able.

Yarn

Weight/Ply:
Option A
Super Bulky Yarn / 14-16 ply / 5-6WPI

Option B
10 or 12 ply / Aran / Worsted weight / 9-11 WPI AND
8 ply - DK / light worsted

Option C 
10 or 12 ply / Aran / Worsted weight / 9-11 WPI  using the triple up trick

OR 3 strands 10 or 12 ply

Option D 
Tripled up 8 ply using the triple up trick AND
8 ply - DK / light worsted 12-14 WPI

OR

4 strands of 8 ply

NB: WPI = wraps per inch: wrap your yarn around a ruler and count the amount of times it fits within an inch space (1 inch = 2.54 cms)

Composition: 100% acrylic

Finished Size

Approximate measurements
15 cm high
15 cm diameter at base
13 cm diameter opening

NB: The most important size requirement is that a hand holding wildlife can get in and out of the opening.

Stitches - US terms

Ch - Chain Stitch
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
HDC Inv Dec - Half Double Crochet Invisible decrease worked into the front loops only

Special Instructions

How to work a HDC Invisble Decrease
Yarn over hook, insert hook into front loop of stitch, insert hook into front loop of next stitch, yarn over hook and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

Foundation Ring

Ch 4, SS into first chain to form a ring.


Row 1

Ch1 does not count as a stitch for this and every row, 8 HDC into ring, SS into first HDC stitch to join (total 8 stitches)

TIP

Work over your tail so you can pull the ring tight later.
Alternatively sew the tail into the ring and then pull tight. 

Row 2

Ch1, 2 HDC into each stitch 8 times, SS into first HDC of stitch of row to join (16 stitches)

Row 3

Ch1, *2 HDC, HDC, repeat from * 8 times, SS to join (24 stitches)

NB: Don't be concerned if your work is curling inwards a little, it should resolve as you continue.

Row 4

Ch1, *2 HDC, HDC, HDC, repeat from * 8 times, SS to join (32 stitches)

Row 5

Ch1, *2 HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, repeat from * 8 times, SS to join (40 stitches)

Row 6

Ch1, *2 HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, repeat from * 8 times, SS to join (48 stitches)

Row 7

Ch1, *2 HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, repeat from * 8 times, SS to join (56 stitches) 

Row 8

Ch1, HDC around, SS to join (56 stitches) 

Row 9 - 15

Repeat row 8

Row 16 - First Hanging Loop row

Ch1, HDC, HDC, HDC, SC, Ch 10 to create the hanging loop, skip 1, SC, HDC to end of row, SS to join

Row 17

Ch1, HDC, HDC, DC 3 into previous row between the chain 10 loop, HDC  to end of row, SS to join

Row 18 - Decrease row

Ch1, *HDC for the next 7 stitches, HDC Inv Dec, repeat from * 5 more times, HDC, HDC, HDC, SS to join

Row 19 - Decrease row

Ch1, *HDC for the next 5 stitches, HDC Inv Dec, repeat from * 5 more times, HDC, HDC, SS to join

Row 20 - Second Hanging Loop row

Ch1, SC for the next 5 stitches, Ch 10 to create a second hanging loop that aligns with the first loop, skip 1, SC around, SS to join.

To Finish

SS across to the Ch 10 loop, SC 14 times around the loop, SS, Ch 6, SS into base of first Ch 10 loop, SC 14 times around the loop, SS, Ch 6, SS into the back of the second loop, SC into the stitch between the loop, SS into the back of the other side of the loop, SS 4, cut yarn and weave in ends. 

Comments