Crocheted Easter Basket Pattern

Crocheted covers for common plastic containers for a personalized Easter Basket.

Approximate Time: 1-2 hours depending upon size

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Supplies:

  • worsted weight yarn
  • size US H crochet hook
  • tapestry needle

You can easily modify the pattern to whatever plastic container you have around. The one with the pink centered daffodils is made for a small Cool Whip container. The one in the same photo with the yellow centered daffodils is made for a GladWare quart container. The pink one is on a small sized basket. The blue one is on the large sized basket.

To modify the pattern, just crochet the base to fit your container, then work the sides even until it reaches the rim of the container. Then follow the pattern instructions to finish.

The handles on the both the Cool Whip and the GladWare ones were made with a strip of plastic canvass for stiffening.

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch

Notes:

  1. Read all instructions before beginning.

  2. Pull your slipstitches tight.

  3. Before beginning remove handle from bucket. Save it, as you will need it to finish the Easter Basket.

Small Basket Instructions:

Round 1: Ch 3, (do not count as first dc) 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (12 sts)

Round 2:Ch 2 (do not count as first dc from now on), 2 dc in each st. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2, (dc in 1 st, 2 dc in next st), repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, (dc in 2 sts, 2 dc in next st), repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 1, working in back loop only (sc in 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (60 sts)

Compare to bottom of the container you are using. Piece should be about the same size as container bottom or slightly smaller.

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Round 6-11: Ch 1, dc in each st. (60 dc)

Round 12: Ch 1, sc in each st. (60 sc)

Round 13: Ch 2, dc in 13 sts, ch 1, skip 1, dc in 29 sts, ch 1, skip 1, dc in 16 sts. (58 sts, 2 ch 1 spaces)

Round 14-15: Ch 1, sc each st. (60 sc)

Round 16: Ch 1, *sc in 4 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, repeat from * around. (50 sts)

Round 17: Ch 1, *sc in 3 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, repeat from * around. (40 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Fit over container, spaces in round 13 should be over where the handle attaches.

Tie: Chain 75. Fasten off. Using yarn needle and tail weave in and out of Round 17. Pull snug and tie in knot or bow.

Handle: Ch 3, yo insert hook in first ch, yo and pull loop through, yo and pull though 1 loop (this creates the base ch you will go into on the next st), yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through 2 loops. *Yo insert hook in base ch, yo and pull loop through, yo and pull though 1 loop, yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * until piece is as long as the handle, with a odd number of bars.

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Weave the basket handle in and out of the bars. Reattach handle to basket and tack the first and last bar to the basket cover.

Embellishments:

Embellish with flowers and leaves. There is a pattern for my crocheted daffodils here:

Notes:

  1. Read instructions completely before beginning.

  2. Photo shows daffodils in three sizes.

  3. I used orange and white for my daffodils.

  4. Pull each slipstitch tight.

Round 1: With center color, ch 2, 7 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with slipstitch in top of first hdc. (7 hdc)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each stitch. Join with slipstitch in first sc. (7 sc) This next round is going to feel awkward, but the rev sc is so worth the effort.

Round 3: Ch 1, rev sc in each stitch around. DO NOT join, but fasten off and use tail to close round.

Now you have completed the cup or trumpet part of your daffodil.

Round 4: Using the outside petal color, join yarn to any unused loop of hdc on round 1 with a slipstitch. *Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1, slipstitch all in the same st as slipstitch, slipstitch in the unused loop of next hdc, repeat from * around. DO NOT join, but fasten off and use tail to close round. (7 petals).

Weave in ends.

Using the same instructions you can make a larger center by starting with 9 or 11 hdc on round 1. That will give your daffodils 9 or 11 petals.

Stems And Leaves:

Leaf: Ch desired length for leaf. Slipstitch in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, hdc in remaining chains.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Stem: Chain desired length for stem. Slipstitch in 2nd chain from hook and each remaining chain.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

There are patterns for three sizes of containers, only the small is included here. The other sizes are available here.

By Suzie from Bellingham, WA

March 14, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you. Love that site.

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What a fun and practical website.

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March 14, 20080 found this helpful

I don't understand what type of soap box the handle came from. Could you give an example?

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March 14, 20080 found this helpful

what a beautiful job you have done on this basket. I thank you for sharing it

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March 16, 20080 found this helpful

@MaryEllen:

It was taken off a large cardboard soap box. It's made of heavy plastic and is either screwed or brads hold it on the sides of the soap box to use as your handle. I have a big picture at my website http://www.myrecycledbags.com so you can see it.

{edit} I just found a picture of a box of soap with the handle - I'll try and upload it for you.

Thanks everyone for all your kind comments too!

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