Easter Basket- Free Pattern

If you follow the COTB Facebook Page, you’ll know I’ve been working on these baskets for much of the past week (as well as another Springy pattern!).

I was going to wait until these baskets were lined before publishing the pattern, however, I don’t know how long it will take me to buy more fabric for the linings, and then to actually line them, so, I thought that I would share the pattern with you while I wait (and so you don’t have to wait!).

Initially I made a basket using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, with a 6mm hook (which you can see a photo of at the end of this pattern). But this yarn is a bit on the expensive side for me (the basket takes almost one complete skein!) for just a simple basket, so I went through my stash of yarns and decided to make a basket using Red Heart Super Saver. To make up the size difference between the two yarns, I held 3 strands of Super Saver together. The basket works up slightly larger using the Super Saver, (you can see the size difference in a photo, also at the end of this pattern).

In the photo above, the basket on the left is made using 3 strands of “Spring Green” Super Saver, and the basket on the right is made using 3 different colors (1 strand of each)- “Lilac”, “Bright Yellow” and “Freshmint”. The basket made using Hometown USA yarn is the color “Hoboken Honey”.

If you are looking for a sturdier basket, I recomend using the 3 strands of Super Saver. Or, you could adjust your hook size and use 2 strands of Hometown USA (which I haven’t tried).

Easter Baskets

© Amanda Bryant 2019

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Materials Used:

Worsted Weight Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver)- 3 strands held together

or

Super Bulky weight yarn (Lion Brand Hometown USA)- 1 strand

6 mm hook

Stitch marker

Gauge:

7 sc in 2” and 6 rounds in 2”

Finished Measurements:

**These measurements are approximate, as it depends on which yarn(s) you use** On outside of basket 17 ½” circumference (at top of the basket, which is the widest point); about 14” circumference at the bottom of the basket (which is the smallest point); height (without handle) 3 ½” tall; handle length 11 ½”

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Inc- increase (by making 2 sc in the specified st)

Blo- back loop only

Instructions:

Starting at the base of the basket, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the second ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- inc in the first sc, sc in the next sc, *inc in the next sc, sc in the next sc, repeat from * around (18 sc)

Round 4- inc in the first sc,  sc in each of the next 2 sc, *inc in the next sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc, repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 5- inc in the first sc, sc in each of the next 3 sc, *inc in the next sc, sc in each of the next 3 sc, repeat from * around (30 sc)

Round 6- inc in the first sc, sc in each of the next 4 sc, *inc in the next sc, sc in each of the next 4 sc, repeat from * around, join to the first sc (36 sc)

Round 7- ch 1, working in the blo sc in each sc around, DO NOT JOIN (36 sc)

Round 8- skip over the join st from the end of round 6, and in both loops of each sc again, inc in the first sc, sc in each of the next 5 sc, *inc in the next sc, sc in each of the next 5 sc, repeat from * around (42 sc)

This photo shows what the base of the basket looks like.

Round 9- sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 10- inc in the first sc, sc in each of the next 6 sc, *inc in the next sc, sc in each of the next 6 sc, repeat from * around (48 sc)

Rounds 11- 16- sc in each sc around (48 sc), at the end of Round 16, join with a sl st to the beg sc

Handle:

Row 1- ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in each of the next 3 sc, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

Rows 2- 36- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

At the end of Row 36, fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Sew this end of the handle to the edge of the basket (there will be 20 unworked sc’s on either side of the basket, between the handle).

Weave in all ends, although this is not completely necessary if you are lining the basket.

This photo gives you a general idea of what the basket lining will look like. I still need to fix the seaming so that it all lines up.
Here you can see the size difference between using the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn (brown basket on the left), and the 3 strands of Red Heart Super Saver yarn (multi-color basket on the right). Both baskets follow the same pattern, same number of stitches, same hook size.

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