Baskets are a necessity in my house. With so many little toys and nicknacks that need storage, these baskets have proven to be a great alternative to my regular baskets or bins.
With simple crochet stitches, they are a very quick and fun project to do during naps, or with a little one’s help.
Fabric yarn that is at least 1 inch wide. You can purchase fabric yarn online, or you can find a simple tutorial by my sister for making the yarn that I used for creating these baskets.
One large hook…I used a size N for this tutorial, but you may also use a size Q. You can find hooks at most craft stores or online.
Instructions and Pattern
Join into a circle by slip stitching into the first chain that you crocheted.
Single crochet into each of the chains around.
Now for the increasing to make the base of the basket:
Increase each round equally by repeating the following stitches for several rounds.
(*)Crochet one SC in first SC and two SC in next SC. repeat from (*) for entire round.
After a few rounds it will look like this:
Continue increasing until the base of the basket is flat and measures approximately 8 inches diameter.
Once the base of the basket is your desired diameter, it is time to begin building the sides of the basket. To do this you will simply SC into each SC of the previous row all the way around.
You will notice that the basket begins to curl up on the sides.
By repeating this for 8-10 rows, you will create a basket with a 8-10 inch depth. Once the basket has reached your desired depth, cut the fabric yarn and weave in the ends.
It is simple to make multiple baskets which are nestable. To do this you will follow the same exact instructions as above, with an easy modification. Simply decrease the diameter of the base of the nesting baskets by 2 inches each. For example, to nest inside the above 8-inch basket, the middle basket would be around 6 inches diameter and the smallest basket would be around 4 inches diameter.
I also make them each an inch or so shorter than each other so that they do not stick out above the height of the larger basket.
They will look like this side by side.
They tuck beautifully into each other for storage when not in use.
Once you’ve learned the basics, you can experiment by alternating colors and patterns, doing one or more rounds of a single fabric. To join a new color or fabric, knot it to the end of the fabric that you are finished working with at the start of a new row.
If you would like to add a handle to your basket, at the end of your last row, begin a series of chain stitches.
Once the handle reaches the desired length, cut your yarn and join the last chain of the handle to the opposite side of the basket with a SC. Weave in the ends.
These baskets are perfect for going to gather little bits of nature with your children.
Laura Hooker is a full-time mother, wife, Registered Nurse, and sewing and crochet-a-holic! She came about this wonderful world of crafting at an early age, and finds much inspiration from her lovely friends in blog land. She really enjoys coming up with and displaying her own patterns and tutorials. She is married and has an eigth-year-old little boy and a one year old baby boy. You can find her at her blog, Ravelry page or her store on Etsy where she and her twin share sewing and fiber tutorials to inspire creativity in other Mamas. She also can be found at Windfall Dolls, where she and her sister give away Waldorf inspired dolls to deserving little ones.