Illuminate Crochet: Remix Friday: Mexican Waves Scarf - free pattern of basic stitch on Ravelry. See "adrgau's Mexican Waves" on Ravelry and then go to comments to find out which yarn she used and how to do fringe.
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Crochet in Color: Lots of Free patterns. I always go with the smallest hook for baskets, bins, etc. More useful if you don't have to shape them. The only time I use a bigger hook is if slouchy is what the design calls for. Make Crocheted Baskets!