Polka-Dot Easter Basket - Free Crochet Pattern

I'm trying something new here. I've made baskets before but I couldn't figure out how to get them to keep their shape - so that they can actually be functional for the Easter Egg hunt! This time I'm using a metal hoop that I found at the craft store to help shape the base and rim of the basket. The hoops are cheap and easy to come by and did a wonderful job brining the pattern to life. They're a must for this project so I've posted this pattern well ahead of Easter so you have time to grab the extra materials. Enjoy!




Materials:

  • One Ball of BERNAT VELVET YARN, in PINK DUSK

  • One Ball of Red Heart Super Saver in White

  • 2 8in Hoop - Metal hoop is essential to hold the shape of the basket and weigh the base down

  • 5.5mm crochet hook

  • Tapestry needle




Abbreviations:


RND = Round

CH = Chain

Sts = Stitches

SC = Single crochet

DC = Double crochet

SLST = Slip Stitch

SK = Skip

Bobble Stitch = Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 of the loops. Repeat five more times so that you have five not-quite-complete dc stitches worked into the same stitch. There will be seven loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all seven loops. This closes your bobble crochet stitch.



Pattern:


Begin Base:

To begin, ch 3 and join with a slst to first st in chain - Loop created.

Rnd 1: 8 sc within loop, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (8)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (16) Rnd 3: *2sc in first st, sc* repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (24) Rnd 4: *2sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts * repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (32)

Rnd 5: *2sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts * repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (40)

Rnd 6: *2sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts * repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (48)

Rnd 7: *2sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts * repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (56)

Rnd 8: *2sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts * repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (64)

Rnd 9: *2sc in first st, sc in next 7 sts * repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)


Rnd 10: attach hoop - sc in each st across OVER the metal loop, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)





Begin Body:

Rnd 1: Working in back loops only, sc around join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 2-4: Working through both loops, sc around join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 5: Work Bobble row: *Sc in 7 sts, sc in next st changing to white, work bobble st in next st, change back to pink* repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 6-8: Sc around join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 9: Sc in first sts, change to white work bobble, *Sc in 7 sts, sc in next st changing to white, work bobble st in next st, change back to pink* repeat within * across to last 3 sts, sc to end, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)






Rnd 10-12: Working through both loops, sc around join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 13: Work Bobble row: *Sc in 7 sts, sc in next st changing to white, work bobble st in next st, change back to pink* repeat within * across, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 14-16: Sc around join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 17: Sc in first sts, change to white work bobble, *Sc in 7 sts, sc in next st changing to white, work bobble st in next st, change back to pink* repeat within * across to last 3 sts, sc to end, join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)

Rnd 18-19: Sc around join with a slst to the top of first sc. ch 1 - do not turn (72)


Rnd 20: attach hoop - sc in each st across OVER the metal loop, join with a slst to the top of first sc. Bind off with a long tail (which we will later use to sew on one side of the handle)








Handle:


With Pink Velvet, ch 31

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook across, ch 1 turn (30)

Row 2-6: Sc in each st across, ch 1 turn (30)

Bind off with a long tail which we will use to sew this on to the rim of the basket.



Assembly:


Attach the handle to cross over the middle section of the basket. Using the tail remaining on the basket, attach one side of the handle. Sew under the hoop and through the stitch to ensure a tight hold. Repeat with remaining side opposite the first handle. Bind off and weave in all ends. Enjoy!





Looking for the Easter Egg pattern? Here it is...!