Easter is one of the most celebrated “candy holidays” by kids. And adults too. I know I love it. To help the little ones in your life celebrate it in great style, make them this classic crochet Easter basket.
With this unique design, you can make a basket that resembles an old-fashioned basket weaved with twine. But with yarn. Pair the basket with this cute bunny peep to rock your little one’s Easter.
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What supplies do you need to crochet an Easter basket?
- Medium weight (#4) yarn (preferably cotton)
- 4.5mm (US 7) hook Scissors
- Yarn needle
- Stitch marker
These are the basics. But like any other handmade item, you can use your imagination to customize it to your own taste, with different colors, buttons, or appliqués, for example.
Can you make a crochet Easter basket with acrylic yarn?
Absolutely! You can crochet a basket with acrylic yarn if it’s a small one. But honestly, if I made this one once again, I would use cotton yarn instead of acrylic.
Cotton yarn, like Lily n’ Sugar, works better to make baskets because it will give it a stiffer shape.
I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby.
- Color 1: Sea Blue. Amount: 5.47 oz (155 g), 277 yds (253 m)
- Color 2: Light Peach. Amount: 0.88 oz (25 g), 45 yds (41 m)
- Color 3: Cream. Amount: 1.30 oz (37 g), 66 yds (60 m)
How to make a Crochet Easter Basket stiff?
- Use a smaller crochet hook than the one the yarn label calls for. Tight stitches help to make your basket stiff.
- Consider using a fabric stiffening spray. Before applying the spray, place objects in the basket, like beads, rocks, or even fabric scraps, so it keeps its shape. Spray the outside, let it dray, then spray the inside.
- Use cotton Yarn. Although, as I mentioned in the yarn section, I used acrylic for the sample in this pattern, I will use cotton when I crochet it next one.
- Crochet two circles for the base and cut a craft sheet (like EVA) and place it in the middle, to make it sturdier.
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Crochet Easter Basket Pattern
This Pattern was written using standard US terminology. The finished size of the basket will be approximately 10” (25 cm) tall, or 5” (12.7 cm) – without the handle, x 7” (18 cm) in diameter.
Pattern notes and instructions
- This basket pattern is worked starting from the bottom up to the handle. First you crochet the base increasing with single crochet, then you will make the siding, one upright post at a time. Next, you will attach the upright posts on top with single crochet.
- Then you will crochet the weaver strips, one at a time, and weave them into the upright posts as you go. Lastly, you will make the handle.
- The bottom (or base) of the basket will be crocheted in a continuous spiral with single crochet (sc), meaning you won’t join the end of each round with a slip stitch, unless if/where otherwise instructed.
- The pattern calls for 2 identical pieces for the bottom to make it sturdier. If you would rather make one only it will work too. But it won’t be as solid as with two pieces attached together.
- Use a stitch marker as you crochet the base of the basket, to mark the first stitch of each round, moving it up as you go.
- GAUGE: The diameter of a circle with 7 rows x 49 stitches of the base of the basket instructions measures approximately 3 inches.
- LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Intermediate. Basic skills needed: single crochet, single crochet increase, fasten off, weave in ends.
Pattern and stitches abbreviations
- approx. approximately
- blo back loop only
- flo front loop only
- ch(s) chain(s)
- C1 Color 1
- C2 Color 2
- inc increase (2 sc in next stitch)
- FO fasten off
- Rnd Round
- sl st slip stitch
- st(s) stitch(es)
- sk skip
- sc single crochet
- ( ) repeat instructions within parenthesis as many times as directed
- [ ] stitch count in a row
- * Repeat instructions after asterisks as directed
Crochet Easter Basket step by step
This crochet Easter basket looks elaborated, but it’s so simple to make. You will use single crochet stitches througout the whole pattern. And the weaving look makes it so unique and fun.
Total Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
With C1, crochet the base of the basket
(make 2 identical pieces)
Rnd1: sc 7 in second ch from hook (alternatively, you can make a magic circle instead of ch 2)
Rnd2: (inc) 7 times 
Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 7 times 
Rnd4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 7 times 
Rnd5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 7 times 
Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 7 times 
Rnd7: (inc, sc in next 5 sts) 7 times 
Rnd8: (inc, sc in next 6 sts) 7 times 
Rnd9: (inc, sc in next 7 sts) 7 times 
Rnd10: (inc, sc in next 8 sts) 7 times 
Rnd11: (inc, sc in next 9 sts) 7 times 
Rnd12: (inc, sc in next 10 sts) 7 times 
Rnd13: (inc, sc in next 11 sts) 7 times 
Rnd14: (inc, sc in next 12 sts) 7 times 
Rnd15: (inc, sc in next 13 sts) 7 times 
Rnd16: (inc, sc in next 14 sts) 7 times 
Cut the yarn and FO for the first piece only. Do not cut the yarn for the second one. Next, place the two pieces together, wrong side facing wrong side, and attach both together using sl sts.
Rnd17: sl st 1 for each sc st around 
When you are done with the sl st round, cut the yarn. FO. The bottom of the basket will be about 7” (18 cm) in diameter.
Tip: if you want to make the bottom of your basket sturdier, you could insert a circle of a foam craft sheet (like EVA) between the crochet rounds, before attaching them together. Cut it at about 1/4 of an inch smaller than the crochet circles.
With C1, crochet rnd 18, to start the siding
Attach the yarn C1 to the blo of one of the sl sts (it doesn’t matter which one), with the edge facing you.
Rnd18: sc around in blo, sl st to join. 
Do not cut the yarn.
With C1, crochet the siding upright posts
The posts will be crocheted in in back-and-forth rows. Make them with 7 sc sts each, one at a time. Total of 16 posts.
Ch 1 doesn’t count as a st here and in any of the following steps. When done with first post, cut the yarn, FO. Then attach the yarn to the next sc st in round 18, from right to left to crochet the next post.
Keep the bottom of the base facing you when you attach the yarn to crochet the siding posts. Each post will be about 4.5” (11.4 cm) long 1.75” (4.5 cm) wide.
Row1: ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, sc in next 6 sc, ch 1, turn 
Row2-21: sc in next 7 dc, ch 1, turn 
Cut the yarn. FO. Attach yarn to make next post. Do not cut the yarn when you’re done with the last post.
Repeat rows 1-21 to crochet the remaining siding posts.
Attach the upright posts on top with a round of sc sts
Then crochet a second round of sc. Here is how you do it:
Rnd1: Keep the bottom of the basket facing you and, with the hook inserted in the last stitch you did for the last post, grab the next post and single crochet in next 7 sc sts. Repeat the process with all the remaining posts 
Rnd2: When you get to the last post, keep going without joining and do another round of sc. Finish off with a sl st. Cut the yarn. FO.
Work on the weaver strips for the siding
You will crochet 4 weaver strips, 2 with C2 and 2 with C3. Weave them in as you finish each of them, alternating the colors. Start with C2.
When you are done with each strip, without cutting the yarn, grab the other end and weave it into the posts, in and out, making sure they are not twisted.
Then join both ends together with sc, doing the seam on the inside. Each strip will be about 22” (56 cm) long and 1” (2.54) wide.
Ch 5 to start.
Row1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 chs, ch 1, turn 
Row2-94: sc across, ch 1, turn 
Crochet the handle
Make 2 strips. Use C1 for the outer strip and C3 for the inner one. Start with C3.
The handle will be about 13.5” (34 cm) long and 1 3/8” (3.5 cm) wide.
Ch 6 to start
Row1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 chs, ch 1, turn 
Row2-56: sc across, ch 1, turn 
Cut the yarn and FO for the first one only. When you’re done with the second strip, you will join them together with a row of single crochet with C1.
As you do the sc row to join the two pieces together, you will attach both ends to the sides of the basket with sl sts as you go.
Attach the handle to the basket
Make sure the handle is centered correctly with 49 sts on each side. Keep the outer color (C1) facing up as you join them.
Insert the hook in the first st in the handle, both layers, and in one of the sc sts on the edge of the basket.
Sl st in the st and repeat the same with the next 6 sts, the last sl st will go only in the edge of the basket.
Now continue joining the two strips of the handle on the other side.
When you get to the other end of the handle, do the same thing you did to attach it to the edge of the basket.
Cut the yarn. FO. Weave in all the ends.
Note: This crochet Easter basket’s handle will have a firm shape if you make it following the above the instructions. But if you would like it to make it evey sturdier, try to add a couple of pipe cleaners to the tube before you close it.
Estimated Cost: 10.00 USD
- Medium weight (#4) yarn preferably cotton
- 4.5mm (US 7) hook
Materials: Scissors Yarn Needle Tapestry Needle
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There you have the pattern for the crochet Easter Basket. Before we know it, Easter will be here, and I hope this pattern will be your choice for the your next project. I hope you enjoyed the pattern.
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