DIY: Crochet Baskets

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Easter is a week away for those celebrating it and if you’re looking for something a bit more personal than your typical cheap plastic basket then I’ve got you covered. 🙂

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These crochet baskets are great for those with older children/adults who still want to have a basket but really don’t need all that extra space for candy and plastic toys. Made by crocheting with 2 strands of any medium weight yarn, why not make them in the recipients favorite color? Since they’re fabric you’ll be able to wash them and keep them for years to come. ^_^

Depending on your tension, this basket measures about 8-9″ tall at the top of the handle, and about 6″ in diameter for the opening of the basket.

Supplies: 2 Skeins of any medium weight yarn, Size N-13 (9mm) Crochet Hook, Large Eye Yarn needle, and a stitch marker if desired.

As stated above, this pattern is made by holding both colors together through the entire pattern. It is also worked in continuous rounds; do not turn and join rounds together. Use a stitch marker to help keep your rounds marked if needed.

Basket:
Begin at base of basket, with 1 strand each color held tog, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in first ch. (Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed if needed)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 16 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 24 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around – 32 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 5: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around.
Note: For Rnds 6-13, work through both loops of each st.
Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc; rep from * around – 36 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc; rep from * around – 40 sc.
Rnd 10: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 11: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc; rep from * around – 44 sc.
Rnds 12 and 13: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off.

Handle:
With 1 strand each of each color held tog, ch 31.
Rnd 1:Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 28 ch, 4 sc in last ch; rotate piece to work along opposite side of foundation ch (at the base of the sts you just worked), sc in next 28 ch, 2 sc in last ch; join with slip st in first ch. Fasten off.

Finish by sewing ends of handle inside top edge of Basket. Weave in ends.

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Congratulations! You now have a beautiful custom basket to enjoy and use for years to come. ^_^

~Nicole


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