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Get Organized With This FREE Crochet Basket Pattern!

Crochet baskets are some of my favourite crochet projects. They work up quickly and are both decorative and extremely useful. Want to learn how to crochet a basket? Read on for a free pattern and tips!

How to Crochet a Basket: FREE Tutorial on Craftsy!

For the tutorial below, I have used a single strand of bulky yarn, but baskets work just as well when made with multiple strands of scrap yarn. Using this tutorial, you can make your basket as big or as small as you want it to be. You can use any yarn or combination of yarns to express both your personality and your creativity.

Half-double crochets (hdcs) are my favourite stitches to use when making crochet baskets. Not only do they work up quicker than single crochet, but they are also dense, with a very definite right side and wrong side when worked in the round. I particularly like the way hdc looks on the wrong side, and frequently turn my baskets inside out to get a different look.

Flip a half-double crochet basket inside out to reveal the wrong side of the fabric.

How to crochet a basket

Materials

  • 8 mm hook
  • Bulky yarn

Please note that you can use any hook and yarn combination. You can make your baskets as small or as large as you want. This is only a guide.

Abbreviations

U.S. terminology

  • Ch – Chain
  • Hdc – Half-double crochet
  • Dc – Double crochet
  • Sc – Single crochet
  • Sl st – Slip stitch
  • St – Stitch/stitches
  • {} – Total number of stitches in that round

Special stitches

Scallop

Skip the next 2 st, make 6 dc in the next st, skip the next 2 st, sl st in the next st.

Add a simple scallop edge to your crochet basket

Pattern notes

This pattern is worked in a spiral. I suggest marking the start of each round with a running stitch marker. To make a running stitch marker, place a piece of scrap yarn over your work before making the first stitch of the second round. Flick this piece of yarn backward and forward before making the first stitch of each subsequent round. When you are done, simply pull this piece of scrap yarn out.

Round crochet basket pattern

Crocheting the basket base

Round 1: Into a magic ring, ch 1, 9 hdc. {9}

Round 2: Make 2hdc in each st around. {18}

Round 3: (Make 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next st) 9 times. {27}

Round 4: (Make 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 2 st) 9 times. {36}

Round 5: (Make 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 3 st) 9 times. {45}

Round 6: (Make 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 4 st) 9 times. {54}

Crochet a flat circle for the base of your basket

Making a larger basket base

You’ll notice that there are 9 increases (2hdc in one stitch) in each round, and that each round has one more hdc between increases than the previous one. You can keep going with this pattern repeat until your base is as large as you want it to be.

Please Note: If you want to add a scallop edging, you will need to make an even number of rounds so that you end up with a multiple of 6 stitches.

  • If your base starts to buckle, make double crochet stitches for a few rounds until it lies flat again, keeping to the same 9 increases per round.
  • If your base starts to look like a bowl, make single crochet stitches for a few rounds until it lies flat again, keeping to the same 9 increases per round.

Learn more about crocheting perfectly flat circles here!

Crocheting the sides of the basket

Round 1: Hdc in each st around. {54}

Rounds 2 – 7: Repeat Side Round 1. {54}

Round 8 (or Last Side Round): Hdc in the first 52 st, sc in the next st, sl st in the last st. {54}

Crochet around with half-double crochets until you come to the last round of your basket

Making a taller or shorter basket

If you want to make your basket deeper or more shallow, simply alter the number of rounds you make for the sides. I prefer to make my baskets deeper, turning the last few rounds over if I need something more shallow.

Crochet Basket with a Scalloped Edge Folded Over

Edges

Crocheting the scallop edge

(Make a scallop stitch* across the next 6 st) 9 times, fasten off and work away ends. {9 scallops}

*Refer to scallops stitch pattern at the start of this pattern.

Fastening off a scalloped crochet edge

Scallops are my favourite way to finish off a project, whether it be a basket or a blanket. They are cute without being too girly, and add a bit of interest to an otherwise simple pattern.

Stacked Crochet Baskets With Scallop Edgings

Other edging options

There are plenty more ways to top off your crochet basket. One of my favourite edgings is the Crab Stitch (also known as the Reverse Single Crochet). It creates a beautiful knot-like stitch that’s sturdy and perfect for edges.

Pink Crochet Basket with a Crab Stitch Edge

You can find even more crochet edging options here!

More fabulous crochet basket patterns

Once you’ve learned how to crochet a basket, there’s no end to the types and shapes you can create. Remember that you can alter the look and feel of each of the patterns below by using different colours or yarns.

Magnificent Moss Basket

Photo by Craftsy Member Joyful Yarns Crochet

1. Magnificent Moss Basket (FREE)

This moss basket is a brilliant way to use up scrap yarn. I love the Crab Stitch edge and the handles. So useful!

Get the pattern »

Scallop Edge Crochet Basket

Photo by Craftsy Member Henna’s Boutique

2. Scallop Edge Crochet Basket

This basket is so elegant! I love the beautiful texture and the more relaxed scallop edge. It would look great in jute, don’t you think?

Get the pattern »

Seashell Crochet Basket

Photo by Craftsy Member SimpleCraftTutorials

3. Seashell Crochet Basket

This basket would be an excellent addition to any bathroom or beach house. It looks equally wonderful made in light worsted weight (for pens and pencils) or super bulky (for hand towels).

Get the pattern »

Crochet Owl Basket Pattern

Photo by Craftsy Member Crochet Ever After

4. Owl Basket

Owls are extremely popular and this popular basket would make the perfect accessory or gift. This pattern is also available as a kit on Craftsy, so you can get the perfect yarn for a sturdy basket.

Get the pattern »

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