I have made three more this week... I'm burn out
A few crocheters have asked me if it would make a big difference if they used an M or N hook instead of the L hook that I prefer.
So here are the results...
The smaller one on the left was made with an L hook
The middle one with an M hook, and
The one on the right with an N hook
You can really see the difference above. N hook vs L hook. I still prefer the L. The smaller basket is so firm and does not sag or move. It is so tight it could almost stand on its handles (I'm exaggerating a little)
I just don't like how the other two have to be shaped to look the way they do in the photos...so this is why I recommend the L hook.
I made this one a little different. I used an N hook and added 6 more stitches in the body to make the shape more oval.
One more shot of all four
One more note:
To answer another question...when crocheting in the round such as these baskets or hats, always remember there is a right side and a wrong side. It is easy to have a basket or hat turn inside out when making it. Notice the difference in the look of the stitches.
As you crochet, remember that your stitches will always be facing you when on the right side.
Many baskets I have seen posted are actually turned wrong side out. If you look at the second photo in this post, you can see the difference in the inside of the basket and the outside. When finished, the top of the stitches of the last round should be facing out, not in. This is how you can tell if you have accidentally turned the basket inside out.
Hope this helps answer some questions:)