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How to Crochet an Easter Basket

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A cute basket full of eggs is a great way to decorate your home at Easter. And no Easter Egg hunt is complete without a basket to gather all your treasure in! It's easy and fairly quick to crochet one for yourself, or as a gift for someone else.



Easter colours yarn wool egg hunt basket crochet


Materials
Approx. 50g of brightly coloured 8ply (Double Knit) yarn.
3.5mm hook



Easter colours yarn wool egg hunt basket crochet
This is a great stash-busting project!


2 buttons
Coordinating sewing thread
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle



Easter colours yarn wool egg hunt basket crochet
Basic sewing skills required


Stitches used
(In UK/Australian terms)
Ch Chain stitch
Slst Slip stitch
DC Double Crochet
HTr Half Treble
FLO Front loop only - stitch is worked in the loop nearest from you, not the whole top "V" of the row below
BLO Back loop only - as for FLO but worked in the loop furthest from you

Notes
For the basket to hold its shape well, it needs to be firm and stiff. To achieve this, use a smaller hook than normal for your yarn. I have used a 3.5mm hook as I would normally use a 4mm with 8ply yarn. If you have loose tension, then you may need to use an even smaller hook or use two strands of yarn together to achieve a rigid fabric.
Working over the yarn tails as you start a round will mean you don't have to sew them in at the end.

Method
Make a loop round two fingers, leaving a tail of about two inches, and draw up the yarn from inside.



Easter colours yarn wool egg hunt basket crochet
How to make your starting loop


Round 1
Ch 1 (this doesn't count as a stitch) then make 8 DC into the starting loop, making sure you crochet over the tail of yarn.
Join the last stitch to the top of the first DC with a Slst (NOTE not the starting Ch 1!), and pull the yarn tail hard to close the loop. (8 stitches)



crochet hook yarn end of round
Joining your stitches at the end of Round 1


Round 2
Ch 1, then make 2 DC in each stitch all the way round. (8 groups of 2 stitches.) Join with a Slst to the top of the first stitch. (16 stitches)
If you want to change colour, then join in the new colour when you draw up the last loop of the last stitch, and use this to make the Slst at the end.

How to Crochet an Easter Basket Montage
Joining in a new colour and starting on the next round


Round 3
Ch 1, 1 DC in first stitch, then 2 DC in the second stitch. Repeat to the end of the round. (8 groups of 3 stitches.) Join with Slst. (24 stitches)

Round 4
Ch 1, 1 DC in next two stitches, then 2 DC in third stitch. Repeat to the end of the round. Join with Slst. (32 stitches)

Round 5
Ch 1, 1 DC in next three stitches, then 2 DC in fourth stitch. Repeat to the end of the round. Join with Slst. (40 stitches)

Round 6
Ch 1, 1 DC in next four stitches, then 2 DC in fifth stitch. Repeat to the end of the round. Join with Slst. (48 stitches)

Rounds 7 to 13
Continue increasing each round by eight stitches, so you will have 8 groups of 7 stitches, then 8 groups of 8 stitches, and so on.
After Round 13, your basket base should measure approximately 13cm. You will have 104 stitches.



crochet basket bag base circle handmade project craft Easter
13 rounds should give a good size base for your basket


Round 14
Ch 2 and make a HTr in the first stitch.



crochet project easter basket hook yarn
Starting the sides of the basket


Make a HTr in every stitch and join with Slst to top of first HTr. (104 stitches)

Rounds 15 to 24
Repeat Round 14 until the basket sides are the desired height. If you would like a taller basket, then just keep repeating rounds of HTr until it is the size you want! (104 stitches)



crochet project easter basket hook yarn
My side measured 7cm


If you wish to change colour in this section, it is the same technique as for the base: join in the new colour when you draw up the last loop of the last stitch (when you have three loops of yarn on your hook), and use this to make the Slst at the end.

How to Crochet an Easter Basket Montage
Joining in a new colour


Round 25
Ch 1 then make a DC in every stitch. Join to first DC with a Slst. (104 stitches)

Rounds 26 to 28
Ch 1 then, working FLO, make a DC in every stitch. Join to first DC with a Slst.
The crochet should curl round to form a brim as you work.



crochet technique front loop only
Your hook should only pick up the front loop of the top "V"


Fasten off yarn and sew in yarn tail. Cut off any loose ends from the tails you have worked over in previous rows.



crochet technique front loop only
The body of the basket is now complete!


Making the Handle
Row 1
Ch 71. Working in the BLO, starting with second Ch from the hook, make DC in each Ch. (70 stitches)



crochet technique front loop only


Rows 2 and 3
Turn and Ch 1. Make a BLO DC in each stitch to end of row. (70 stitches)

Row 4
Turn and Ch 1. Make a BLO DC in 4 DC, then Ch 3. Skip 3 DC, then make BLO DC in next 56 stitches.
Ch 3, skip 3 DC and make BLO DC in remaining 4 stitches.



crochet technique front loop only
The chain stitches will form two buttonholes in the handle


Rows 5 and 6
Repeat Rows 2 and 3. Remember to work BLO in the Ch stitches of the previous row as well as the DC!
Fasten off yarn and sew in tails.

Buttons
Sew the buttons on about 2cm below the top of the basket. Ensure that they are evenly spaced on either side of the basket. Don't sew the buttons on too tightly as you will need space for the handle to fit underneath them.



crochet stripes basket easter buttons


Attach the handle using the buttons and buttonholes.


You are now ready to hunt and gather lots of lovely Easter Eggs!



crochet stripes basket easter buttons


If you like, you could crochet some spring flowers or other motifs to decorate your basket.

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