Crochet Easter Basket

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We love an Easter egg hunt in our house: as soon as Christmas is over the children start the countdown to the visit from the Easter bunny. It’s a tradition that began for me as a child, when apparently I came home from school full of excitement and expectations about the Easter bunny. And my lovely mum devotedly continued to uphold this well into our teenage years!

Now that I am mummy to four children I love carrying on this tradition for them. It’s become a carefully planned operation which involves a very dedicated hubby setting the alarm to get up at the crack of dawn in order to ensure that the eggs are well hidden before the children wake. The children, of course wake shortly after, throw on their dressing gowns and set off into the garden to explore the well tested hiding spaces (under the slide-check, shed window sill- check, peg bag-check!) When we lived in Southend they collected their goodies in seaside buckets but over the last couple of the years the buckets have deteriorated and last year we resorted to carrier bags. So I have decided to organise myself this year and put my crochet skills to use..

Here’s my pattern for an Easter basket. Even if the bunny doesn’t visit your house it would make a lovely gift basket…

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Written in UK crochet terms

Materials

One ball of Sugar ‘n Cream Aran cotton yarn (I bought mine from wool warehouse) or you can use any aran weight cotton- you will need approx 100m

scraps of 4 ply yarn for flowers

4mm hook

3mm hook

ribbon

This pattern uses an amigurumi technique so I would recommend using a stitch marker to mark your first or last stitch on each round. For this technique you work in a spiral putting the first stitch of each round in the first stitch of the previous round, there is no need to secure each round with a slip stitch.

Crochet Easter Basket

Use the Sugar ‘n Cream yarn and 4mm hook.

Make a magic ring (make a loop of yarn, put hook through and pull a loop yarn through the ring, make one chain to secure). Or if you prefer you can make a ring by making 6 chains and slip stitching into the first chain.

Round 1          Make 6 dc into the ring

Round 2          2 dc into every stitch around (12 dc)

Round 3         *1 dc in the next stitch, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (18)

Round 4         *1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (24)

Round 5         *1 dc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (30)

Round 6         *1 dc in each of the next 4 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (36)

Round 7         *1 dc in each of the next 5 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (42)

Round 8         *1 dc in each of the next 6 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (48)

Round 9         *1 dc in each of the next 7 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (54)

Round 10       *1 dc in each of the next 8 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (60)

Round 11         Make 1 dc into the front loop only of each stitch (60)

Round 12         Make 1 dc into every stitch around (60)

Round 13-20  Repeat round 12 (60)

Round 21         *dc, ch1, skip 1 dc from previous round, dc into next dc* repeat from * to**all the way around (30 dc and 30 chain 1 spaces making spaces to thread the ribbon through)

Round 22        *dc into the dc from previous round, dc into ch 1 space** repeat from * to ** all the way around (60 dc)

Round 23         dc into every stitch around (60)

Round 24         *dc into first stitch, 2 dc into next**, repeat from * to ** all the way around

Fasten off and weave in ends

To make the handle (this is worked in rows then sewn onto the basket)

Ch 36

Row 1                  dc into second chain from the hook and every stitch along

Row 2                 ch 1, dc into every stitch along

Row 3&4            repeat row 2

Fasten off and use tails to sew the handle onto the basket

Weave ribbon through the spaces left in round 21, tie a bow

Flowers

Use the 3 mm hook and scraps of 4 ply yarn.

In centre colour make a magic circle (or chain 2 and work into second chain from the hook)

Round 1          Make 10 dc in the ring, fasten off

Round 2          Join new colour in any dc, *ch 1, in next dc make 1 tr, 2 dtr, 1 tr,ch 1,then sl st in next dc** repeat from * to ** 4 more times to make 5 petals

Leaves

Use the 3 mm hook and scraps of 4 ply yarn

Chain 7, make a dc in second chain from hook, 1 htr in next chain, 1 tr in next, 1 tr in next, htr in next, dc in last, turn work upside down and work into the bottom of the stitches in the following sequence- dc, htr, 2 tr, htr, dc so that stitches are mirrored.

Make as many flowers and leaves as you like and attach to basket by sewing on with the tails.

As you can see I also embroidered my daughter’s name on. My other daughter has already requested a turquoise one which I can’t wait to make, and then I’ll have a little think about a more boyish one.. Maybe one with bunny ears!

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I hope you enjoy making your Easter baskets- let me know how you get on!

Sam x

20 Responses

  1. What are the measurements of the finished basket?

    • It will depend on your tension but they are approx 20cm diameter across the base by 20cm tall. You can make it bigger by continuing to increase on the base and doing more rounds up the sides, or smaller by stopping when the base is the size you like and skipping straight onto the edges (making 1dc in every stitch)

  2. Alba Roque.

    Me encanto gracias por compartir .

  3. Louise Jacobs

    Thank you, I. Can’t wait to do this

  4. How do you make the base mine looks like a cone I must be missing something help

    • Hi Pam, are you remembering to do the increases? Where it says 2dc you need to make two double crochet stitches into the same stitch. The other thing to think about is hook size- if you normally have quite tight tension it might be worth going up a hook size. What size yarn and hook are you using?

  5. Do you have to use a cotton yarn?

    • No not at all, it can be made in any yarn you like!! Cotton will give a firmer finish but other yarns will work just as well! After all, it will soon be full of Easter eggs!!

  6. Anonymous

    Looks lovely I can’t wait to start..thank you

  7. Thank you I can’t wait to start..it looks so sweet.

  8. Anonymous

    Şam
    Hi, it looks great. I can’t wait to try it.
    My grandson is 4 yr.. Old and I told him I would make him some thing special. This is perfect.
    Thank you for this pattern.
    Irene miriam…

  9. Great instructions, my baskets have turned out very nice. I used the same cotton yarn you did.and although it wasn’t the easiest to work with I think it was worth it. My little Grandson wanted one too, so I substituted the flowers with a beak, eyes & feet and – voila – a duck basket!!
    Thank you very much for the pattern and inspiration

  10. Thank you for the lovely pattern , my basket has turned out really nice.
    Just one question please how did you get your handles to stand up and not flop downwards into the basket…

    • Hi Jenny, thanks for your lovely comments 🙂 Regarding the handle I think it mainly depends on the type of yarn you use- may I ask what you used? A stiffer cotton type yarn will give a more rigid structure. My other suggestions would be trying a smaller hook size for the handle so that the finish is stiffer, or using less chains when you start the handle so that it is shorter- this may encourage it to stand up. Hope that helps!!

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