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Crochet Easter Basket - FREE PATTERN BELOW

Inspired by my love of Kinder Mini Eggs and Easter, I have crocheted an Easter Basket. In addition to this, I am trying to make projects that use up my yarn stash that I currently have rather than buying new yarn each time. This has been a task that I am sticking with really well.


I chose the popular basketweave stitch and to make it capable of holding eggs, I crocheted with 2 strands together. To strengthen the handle, you crochet with 2 strands together, fold the handle in half and crochet the seam before attaching it to the basket. It holds well and kids will have loads of fun doing an Easter Egg Hunt with it.


I crocheted in the round, working around the Front and Back posts of previous rows.  For this I worked in UK Treble Crochet/tr [US Double Crochet/dc] and in multiples of 8.


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Yarn

Stylecraft Special DK (shade - 1263 Citron).

1 x 100g (3.5oz/322yd/295m) ball.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.

The crochet hook I used was an 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I give the Stylecraft Special DK yarn 5 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It is amazing to work up;

- There is an extensive range of colours;

- It is wonderfully soft for a DK yarn;

- The finished result is lightweight, yet warm and cosy;

- It is extremely cheap and cost effective – I paid about £1.95 per 100g ball (but there are places that sell it cheaper) and it was worth every penny.;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.



Easter Basket Pattern

Materials

1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Special DK (any shade or 1263 Citron)

4mm Crochet Hook

Stitch marker

Scissors

Yarn Needles


NOTE:

- The pattern is written in UK terms with [US] terms in parenthesis.

- You will be working holding 2 strands of yarn together. To do this, either take each end from the ball of yarn, or, wind 2 separate balls from the 100g ball.

- You will also be working in the round and the magic ring method is required to do this. There is a photo tutorial on my project page for the Simple Bag.

- You also need to know how to work around front and back posts.


Instructions

Base

With 2 strands together, form a magic ring.

Rnd 1 - Ch 2 (counts as a st), place st marker and move to 1st st of each as you go, 7 htr [hdc] into ring (DO NOT sl st to join), pull ring closed;

Rnd 2 - (DO NOT ch) 2 htr [hdc] into top of ch 2 from beg of prev rnd, 2 htr [hdc] in each st to end of rnd (16 sts);

Rnd 3 - *htr [hdc] in next st, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (24 sts);

Rnd 4 - *htr [hdc] in each next 2 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (32 sts);

Rnd 5 - *htr [hdc] in each next 3 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (40 sts);

Rnd 6 - *htr [hdc] in each next 4 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (48 sts);

Rnd 7 - *htr [hdc] in each next 5 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (56 sts);

Rnd 8 - *htr [hdc] in each next 6 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (64 sts);

Rnd 9 - *htr [hdc] in each next 7 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (72 sts);

Rnd 10 - *htr [hdc] in each next 8 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd (80 sts);

Rnd 11 - *htr [hdc] in each next 9 sts, 2 htr [hdc] in next st* rep to end of rnd, SL ST TO JOIN (88 sts);


Body

Rnd 12 - Ch 2, tr [dc] each st to end of rnd, sl st to join;

Rnd 13 - 14 - Ch 2, *4 x trFP [dcFP], 4 x  trBP [dcBP]* rep to end, sl st to join;

Rnd 15 - 16 - Ch 2, *4 x trBP [dcBP], 4 x trFP [dcFP]* rep to end, sl st to join;

Rnd 17 - 18 - rep Rnd 13-14.

Fasten off, leaving a 10cm tail to attach handle later.


Handle

With 2 strands together, ch 61.

Row 1 - tr [dc] each st to end of row, turn;

Row 2 - 3 - Ch 2, *4 x  trFP [dcFP], 4 x trBP [dcBP]* rep to tch, htr [hdc] in tch, turn;

Row 4 - 5 - Ch 2, *4 x  trBP [dcBP], 4 x trFP [dcFP]* rep to tch, htr [hdc] in tch, turn;

Row 6 - 7 - rep Row 2-3;

Row 8 - 9 - rep Row 4-5;

Fold handle in half and sl st seam together. Fasten off, leaving a 10cm tail to attach to basket.


Using the 10cm tails, sew handle onto basket. Weave in ends.


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