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.
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
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.
Make a loop round two fingers, leaving a tail of about two inches, and draw up the yarn from inside.
How to make your starting loop
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)
Joining your stitches at the end of Round 1
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.
Joining in a new colour and starting on the next round
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)
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)
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)
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.
13 rounds should give a good size base for your basket
Ch 2 and make a HTr in the first stitch.
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)
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.
Joining in a new colour
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.
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.
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)
Rows 2 and 3
Turn and Ch 1. Make a BLO DC in each stitch to end of row. (70 stitches)
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.
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.
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.
Attach the handle using the buttons and buttonholes.
You are now ready to hunt and gather lots of lovely Easter Eggs!
If you like, you could crochet some spring flowers or other motifs to decorate your basket.