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Easy Crochet Easter Basket

Easy Crochet Easter Basket

I am so happy to share today’s pattern with you!

It’s an easy crochet Easter basket that I designed for my son, DJ.

He’s 3-years old and loves to play with eggs. Both plastic and real! LOL

We actually have tons of eggs around our house all year round. I even fill them with little cars or other surprises and hide them in his sandbox.

He gets so excited when he digs one out!

Easy Crochet Easter Basket pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
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This year he saw photos of his Easter basket and has been asking for it non-stop ever since.

Yes, folks, he completely understands the point of an Easter basket.

He knows it means treats and an egg hunt!

I am super excited that he will be using this special basket I made just for him. 🙂

But… I do believe in sharing. And I think some of the kiddos in your life may enjoy this awesome basket as well, so I just have to tell you how I made this fun and easy crochet basket.

You won’t believe how easy it actually it!

Easy Crochet Basket for Easter pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com


If you can single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc), then you can do this pattern.

Yes, it does have one “advanced” stitch – the bead stitch.

But truly folks, the bead stitch is not really hard at all!

I even have a video and step-by-step photo tutorial to show you how to do it.

Click here for The Bead Stitch Tutorial.


Easy Crochet Easter Basket pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com




Note:   The easy crochet Easter basket pictured above was crocheted by one of my wonderful pattern testers, Dawn Herman.



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Beginner-friendly Crochet Easter Basket pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com


Because the bead stitch is considered and advanced stitch (despite how easy it truly is) I would not classify this pattern as a beginner pattern, but definitely a beginner-friendly pattern.

Meaning, that as long as you are not an absolute crochet beginner, you should be able to successfully work this Easter basket pattern.


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Easy Crochet Easter Basket Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Summary:

This super easy crochet Easter basket features the beautifully textured bead stitch combined with basic crochet stitches to create a unique look you’ll absolutely love.  It’s the perfect extra special gift for your extra special little one this Easter!

Difficulty level:  Level 1 or 2 – Advanced Beginner/Intermediate  

Finished Dimensions:  

Approximately 6.5 -inches from base to the rim of the basket and approximately 25-inches around at its widest (top of the basket).

Gauge:  15  stitches and  20 rows = 4-inches in single crochet.

NOTE:  Gauge here is measured using a flat piece of crochet.  Because construction of flat crochet and in the round patterns is very different, in rounds the gauge would be  17 stitches and 18 rounds in single crochet.

Materials:

  • Medium 4 worsted weight yarn – 2 colors, A & B for body.

~ In this pattern I used Red Heart  Blue for color A and  Royal for color B (affiliate links).

~ Total yardage:  100 to 250 yards

  • Crochet Hook size H-5.0mm  (or whatever hook to meet gauge)
  • Crochet Hook size G-4.25mm (or whatever hook to meet gauge)
  • Tapestry needle
  • scissors

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Abbreviations:

Pattern is written in US terms.

Chain stitch (ch/chs)

Single crochet (sc)

Double crochet (dc)

Treble crochet (tr)

Chain stitch (ch)

Slip stitch (slp-st)

Stitch/es (st/sts)

Blo – back loop only

*__* – Repeat indicated instructions

Special Stitches:

Bead stitch (bst) – *yarn over, insert the hook behind the previous double crochet from front to back, yarn over and pull up a loop* Repeat from * to * 2 more times (3 times total = 7 loops on the hook). Yarn over and pull through 6 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining loops on the hook.

Instructions:

Basket

Base

Use hook size H-5.0mm.

With color A, crochet 12 dc into a magic ring (Click here for tutorial).  Then increase, using dc,  for 6 rounds using the increase method below.  This should give you 72 dc stitches.

The base of the basket should measure 6.75-inches in diameter.

Increase Method

This is what round 1 should look like after making 12 dc sts into a magic ring (alternatively, you could ch 4 and slp-st into the first ch to form a ring and then make 12 dc into that ring).

Round 2:  ch 3, work 2 dc sts into each st around, slp-st to close.  (24 sts)

Round 3:  ch 3, dc in the first st, 2 dc into the next st, *1 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st*  Repeat from * to * around. Slp-st to close. (36sts)

Round 4:  ch 3, dc in the first st, dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st,* dc in the next st, dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st*  Repeat from * to * around. Slp-st to close. (48 sts)

What you should notice is that you are creating a stitch number set that matches the round number you are doing and each ending with an increase (2dc).  

For example, in round 3 you created a set of 3 stitches – 1 dc, then 2dc.  In round 4 you created a set of 4 stitches – 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc.

Thus, increasing round 5 would be a set of 5 stitches – 1 dc, 1dc, 1 dc, 2 dc.

Continue in this manner to round 6 – a set of 6 stitches – 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc.  This will give you a final stitch count of 72 dc sts.

NOTE:  The number of beads stitches will be half the number of stitches you have once the base is complete.

** Your counts may be different based on the crochet hook you use (if different from indicated in the pattern) and how many stitches you have once your base reaches the diameter 6.75-inches (if you use a method other than the one outlined above).

Body

Continue with color A.

Round  7:  Ch 1 , sc in blo of the first st and in each st around, slp-st to close. (72 sts)

Rounds  8-10: Ch 1, sc in the first st and mark it with a stitch marker, sc in each st around, slp-st to close.  (72 sts)

Round 11: Cut color A and change to color B, ch 2, dc  in the first sc, bst, *skip the next sc, dc in the next sc, bst*

Repeat from * to * around, slp-st to close.  (36 bst sts)

Round 12:  Cut color B and change to color A, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st around, slp-st to close. (72 sts)

Round 13:  Ch 1, *sc in the next 17 sts, 2 sc in the 18th st*.

Repeat from * to * 3 more times, slp-st to close. (76 sts)

Rounds 14-15: Ch 1, sc in each st around, slp-st to close. (76 sts).

Round 16:  Cut color A and change to color B, ch 2, dc in the first sc, bst, *skip the next sc, dc in the next sc, bst*

Repeat from * to * around, slp-st to close.   (38 bst sts)

Round 17:    Cut color B and change to color A, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st around, slp-st to close. (76 sts)

Round 18:  Ch 1, *sc in the next 18 sts, 2 sc in the 19th st*.

Repeat from * to * 3 more times, slp-st to close. (80 sts)

Round 19:  Cut color A and change to color B, ch 2, dc  in the first sc, bst, *skip the next sc, dc in the next sc, bst*

Repeat from * to * around, slp-st to close.  (40 bst sts)

Round 20: Cut color B and change to color A, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st around, slp-st to close. (80 sts)

Rounds 21-23: Ch 1, sc in each st around, slp-st to close. (80 sts)

Round 24:  Ch 1, *sc in the next 19 sts, 2 sc in the 20th st*.

Repeat from * to * 3 more times, slp-st to close. (84 sts)

Round 25-26:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, slp-st to close. (84 sts)

Round 27:  Ch 1, slp-st in the first st and in each st around.  (84 sts)

Bind off & weave in ends.

Basket Handle

Use hook size G/4.2.5mm and yarn color A.

Ch 6

Round 1:  Ch 1, sc in blo of the second ch from the hook  and in each ch across. (5 sts)

Rounds 2-70:  Ch 1, sc in each st across. (5 sts)

Do NOT bind off.  Fold fabric horizontally and slp-st the two edges together all the way across.

Bind off & weave in ends.

Finishing:

Use color A to sew the handle onto the basket.

NOTE:  I sewed each side of the handle onto the basket at stitch number 22 when counting from the seam.

Embellishments:

You can leave as is or add a button, crochet flower, or other adornment to each side of the handle.



So, what did ya think?

Not that hard, right?

Plus, you can embellish it in all sorts of ways to make it as unique as the little on you made it for!

Have a Blessed Easter. 🙂

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