Storage bins are wonderful to have around the house, but they can be plain and become a little bedraggled looking. Never fear! Crochet lace to the rescue! This sun spray lace storage bin cover is so pretty! It partially covers the bin and wow…what a beautiful statement! You will find the free pattern if you keep scrolling, or there is an ad free pdf available for you to purchase at etsy and ravelry.
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This sunspray lace tutorial can be found on Crochet Kim’s Website. I had to make a few changes so that the lace would be taut and fit around the cube. It’s still the same design, but how many stitches to skip and that sort of thing was needed for a good fit.
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There are so many different covers that can be made for these collapsible cubes. Chevron designs have been and continue to be a great hit. Carry a gift to a wedding or baby shower in one of these and it will be the hit of the shower. I love the drop over lace options. Some of my older designs like the Victorian Heirloom Basket Design. have the drop over lace too.
Maybe a freehand design is begging to come off of your hook? If you are thinking about going rogue, you have got to see Lyn Dempsey’s version. She posted it on my pinterest pin, and I was blown away!
So basically all you need to do is make the base, then have the correct stitch count for the design you have in mind. That is what happened when these two woodland inspired storage bin covers were made for my grandson’s nursery. My daughter was very pleased. She loved the matching afghan too.
Sunspray Lace Cube Cover
1.All charts will be read left to right.
2. The bottom will stretch and be taut if making it for a collapsible cube.
3. There are notes to help you if you choose to make your own cover.
4. Shell placement is not the same for each side of the cover.
One Collapsible Cube: Pattern is written to fit a 10.5” x 10.5” x 10.75” cube. This would be great to use on any box or cube. Here are tips to help you along.
1. Sunspray stitch design uses a multiple of 19 stitches. Take note of ending stitch count at “Round 2” to produce the lace pattern. Add or subtract 19 stitches, depending on the size of box or cube that you are covering.
2. Any square or rectangle box or cube of any size can be used as long as the base covers the bottom. If covering a box, I recommend extending the base 1/4″ past the edge. If covering a collapsible cube I recommend the base be 1/4″ smaller. (See photos)
Yarn used: Pound of Love – light gray 250-300 yds.
Gauge: 4”h x 4”w = 10 rows x 12 st’s
Beginning Shell (beg. shell) = ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc in st indicated
Shell = 3dc, ch2, 3dc in st indicated
Fan = (*tr, ch1* 5x; one more tr) in stitch indicated
join w/ = join with
slp st = Slip Stitch
ch = Chain
sc = Single Crochet
hdc = Half Double Crochet
dc = Double Crochet
tr = Treble Crochet
bp hdc = Back Post Half Double Crochet
sp. = Space
nxt = Next
beg. = beginning
* * = Complete sequence between the stars, the number of times stated;
x = Times; example Repeat 2 x or 2 times; 3 x or 3 times and so on;
in = example “in nxt st” means you will be inserting the hook under the top two loops of the next stitch to complete stitch or sequence of stitches stated
Make a base of 31 chains
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across; ch1, turn (30 hdc)
Row 2-24: hdc in each st across; ch1, turn (30 hdc)
Execute the ch1, but DO NOT turn at the end of Row 24
Square Base is 10” x 10” The base will need to be slightly smaller if covering a cube, so that it will be taut and not sag.
Following instructions will use rounds instead of rows. Do not turn throughout the rest of the pattern.
You will execute the corners (3 sc stitches) into the upper part of a hdc stitch, or a turning chain that was made while making the base. Each corner execution will not be executed under the two loops of a hdc stitch, it will always be a side corner of a hdc or a turning ch, which ever applies.
Round 1: ch 1, make a slight turn to start down the side & execute 3 sc at the corner; 30 sc evenly spaced down the 1st side; 3 sc at 2nd corner; make a slight turn, 30 sc across the next edge; make a slight turn, 3 sc at 3rd corner; 30 sc evenly spaced up the 3rd side; 3 sc in 4th corner; make a slight turn, 30 sc across the last edge; join w/slp st to beg. ch1 (132 sc)
Round 2: ch1, bp hdc completely around; join w/slp st to beg. st. (132 bp hdc)
Note the bottom will stretch to fit around the corners. This stretching is essential to keep the bottom from sagging.
See “Special Stitches” for description of Beg. Shell & Shell. Charts read left to right.
Round 3: beg. shell; skp 3 hdc, sc in nxt; ch 3, skp 2 hdc; sc in nxt; ch 5, skp 2 hdc, sc in nxt; ch 3, skp 2 hdc, sc in nxt; ch 2; *skp 4 hdc, Shell in nxt; skp 4 hdc, sc in nxt; ch 3, skp 2 hdc; sc in nxt; ch 5, skp 2 hdc, sc in nxt; ch 3, skp 2 hdc, sc in nxt; ch 2;* 6x; skip last 4 st’s, join w/slp st to 3rd ch of beg. ch3.
See special stitches for description of “fan”.
Round 4: slp st in nxt dc 2x, slp st into ch 2 sp., beg. shell; ch 1, fan in ch 5 sp., ch 1; *shell in ch2 sp. of prev. shell, ch1; fan in ch5 sp., ch 1;* 6x; join w/slp to 3rd ch of beg. ch 3.
Round 5: slp st in nxt dc 2x, slp st into ch 2 sp., beg. shell; ch 2, sc in ch 1 sp. of prev. fan, (ch 5, sc in nxt ch 1 sp.) 4x, ch2; * shell; ch 2, sc in ch 1 sp. of prev. fan, (ch 5, sc in nxt ch 1 sp.) 4x, ch2;* 6x; join w/slp st to 3rd ch of beg. ch3.
Round 6: slp st in nxt dc 2x, slp st into ch 2 sp., beg. shell; ch 2, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch 3, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch 5, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch3, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch 2; *shell; ch 2, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch 3, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch 5, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch3, sc in ch 5 sp.; ch 2; * 6x; join w/slp st in 3rd ch of beg. ch 3.
Round 7-12: Repeat Rounds 4 thru 6 consecutively. End Off. Weave in ends.
As you can see it does not cover the entire cube. If you would like to make the cover taller please repeat rounds 4-6 until you are happy with the results.
Use whatever method to block and shape the cover you would like. I recommend covering your storage bin or box in plastic, then proceed to dampen with water from a spray bottle, or use spray starch and shape the cover in place. Use hot glue or favorite gluing method to attach to the cube or box. I do not recommend spray glue as it attracts dirt.
How pretty is this yellow and gray basket below? It fits an 8″ cube, storage bin. It was for a new bride at her shower and the colors match her bathroom. I customized it to coordinate with “Victorian Heirloom” crochet patterns.
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