Who doesn’t love baskets? They’re perfect for adding a touch of color and style to household organization and they provide a cute way to carry a selection of items. They also make a fantastic gift, either by themselves or as a base for a themed gift basket.
What makes them even more perfect is they offer a great way to use up any scrap yarn that may be piling up. Depending on the size of basket you wish to make, it really doesn’t take much to hook one of these up. In the example given here, I used the remainder of two t-shirt yarn skeins that I had laying around. The finished product worked up to be right at 7 1/2″ in diameter and 6 1/2″ tall.
Of course, if I had had more yarn in these colors, I could’ve easily expanded the base to make a larger diameter and increased the stitches around and rows going up to make a bigger basket. Or, I could’ve made several of varying sizes to make a set. It really just depends on how many baskets you want, in what sizes, and how much yarn you have to work with.
When crocheting baskets, here are a few useful tips to keep in mind:
- Always use a smaller hook than what is suggested for the yarn; this helps create tighter stitches and a sturdier basket.
- Typically you will need more yarn since bulkier types tend to come in less yardage.
- T-Shirt yarn is great for making baskets, but so is jute and various sizes and types of macrame cord, twine, and plastic wire or even strips made from plastic bags. Also, if you only have traditional, common gauge yarn, you can double or even triple to make it thicker and this will typically create a stiff and sturdy end product.
- If you are frequently alternating colors, you may want to create a smoother transition process by not tying off each time and instead allowing the strands to run up along the inside of the basket.
- It is always recommended to use a stitch marker at the start of each new round… or you can do like I do and use the stitch marker at the start of the side rounds and keep track by counting up from that first round (see pictures – when using a cut thread as a stitch marker, you can simply run it up along the side to see the starting stitch of each continuing round.).
Here are the materials I used:
- T-Shirt Yarn, Black
- T-Shirt Yarn, Multi-Color with coral and gray tones – I lost the paper to it, but the color and type is similar to this.
- Wood handle crochet hook, size 5.50 mm. Find one here!
- Embroidery scissors.
Crochet Basket – Free Pattern
You Will Need:
T-Shirt yarn or a Bulky Cotton Yarn – about 2 Skeins worth
5.50 mm crochet hook
To make this basket, you will need to know:
Chain Stitch (CH)
Single Crochet (SC)
Slip Stitch (sl. st.)
BLO (Back Loop Only)
How to Make:
Begin by making a magic loop.
Rd. 1 – SC 10 st. inside the magic loop.
Rd. 2 – 2 SC into each st. around. (20)
Rd. 3 – Repeat: 1 SC in next st., then 2 SC in next st. around. (30)
Rd. 4 – Repeat: 1 SC in next 2 st., then 2 SC in next st. around. (40)
Rd. 5 – SC in each st. around.
Rd. 6 – Repeat: 1 SC in next 3 st., then 2 SC in next st. around. (50)
Rd. 7 – SC in each st. around.
Rd. 8 – Repeat: 1 SC in next 4 st., then 2 SC in next st. around. (60)
Rd. 9 – SC in each st. around.
Rd. 10 – Repeat: 1 SC in next 5 st., then 2 SC in next st. around. (70)
Rd. 11 – sl. st. into BLO of each stitch around.
Rd. 12 – SC into each sl. st. space of previous round.
At this point, I changed colors. You can change colors at any point that you like, at the beginning of any round.
Rds. 13 – 29 – SC in each st. around, alternating colors as desired.
I used black and a multicolored yarn, with black as the bottom and some of the top rows.
Rd. 30 – Begin making handles: SC 14, Ch 10 (skip 8 st.), SC 27, CH 10 (skip 8 st.), SC 13.
Rd. 31 – SC in each st around, finish off with sl. st. and weave in ends.
To increase the base of this basket, simply continue from round 10 by going around once with SC (70), then work 1 SC in next 6 st. and 2 SC in next st. and repeat around to make (80). Increase as needed in this way. Then, follow the rest of the pattern being mindful of the increase when you reach round 30 for placement of handles.
Alternatively, you could ignore the addition of handles and perhaps leave without them or add some sewn on handles later. You can use your imagination here to create a unique end product that suits your purposes.
I hope you enjoy this pattern and find these tips helpful. If you did, please share and comment. Thank you!
If you like crocheting baskets, what about bags? Be sure to see my latest post where I talk about a pretty tote pattern I made for my daughter.
And don’t forget to see my other posts about great crochet projects with Free instructions! Interested in Amigurumi? Find out what you need to know to take up this enjoyable hobby. Also, see my custom Amigurumi Fan Dolls for Melanie and Rose Quartz – both made as a gift for my oldest daughter who is a collector of Steven Universe and Melanie Martinez merchandise.