How to Crochet a Medium Basket
How to crochet a basket out of scrap yarn? In this tutorial, I show you how you can create a very sturdy, medium-sized basket out of scrap yarn that you have left over from other projects. This is great if you have a bunch of small yarn balls that are different sizes, weights, or types and don’t have a project in mind for them. This basket would be an awesome gift basket for an upcoming birthday or baby shower. I use these baskets on my bookshelves as decorative storage.
- 0:57 – Bottom of Basket
- 3:44 – Basket sides
- 4:15 – How to add a new string of yarn when one runs out
- 5:03 – Add handles
- 7:04 – Finish up and tie off yarn
If you aren’t sure how to create any of the stitches used in this pattern, check out my Beginners’ Crochet Series here:
How to Crochet a Basket from Scrap Yarn:
Crochet Hook Size: N/15
Yarn: Any (need three different strands to make this pattern).
Magic Circle (MC)
Row 1: 12 DC inside MC.
Row 2: 2 DC in each of the 12 DC from the previous row (24 total st at the end of the row). Use a scrap piece of yarn to mark your 1st st of each row so you know where your row starts should end.
Row 3: *1 DC in 1st st, 2 DC in 2nd st.* Repeat * around the row. (36 total st at the end of the row).
Row 4: *1 DC in st 1 and st 2, 2 DC in st 3.* Repeat * around the row (48 total st at the end of the row).
Row 5: *1 DC in st 1, 2, and 3, 2 DC in st 4.* Repeat * around the row (60 total st at the end of the row).
Rows 6 – desired height: Place 1 SC in each st of the row. Repeat until the basket reaches your desired height.
Finish off your basket with one of the three methods below.
Finish off your basket:
Once your basket has reached your desired height, you can finish it off by simply placing 1 SL in the next 3 st and tie off your yarn. Tuck your tails and you are done!
Once the basket reaches your desired height, CH 8 (this can be done from any st in the row). Skip the next 8 st and place 1 SC in the 9th st. Place 1 SC in the next 21 st (22 total SC st). CH 8 and skip the next 8 st and place 1 SC in the 9th st. Place 1 SC in the next 21 st (22 total SC st). You should now be back to your first 8 CH st. Place 10 SC st around your chain stitches. Once you reach the other side of your handle, begin placing 1 SC in each of the 22 SC st from the previous row. When you reach your other handle, place 10 SC st around the chain stitches. Place 1 SC in the next 3 st, then place 1 SL in the next 3 st and tie off your yarn. Tuck the tails and make sure you tie off any loose string ends. You have now completed your basket with handles!
Make the basket taller than your desired height. Place 3 SL st in the last 3 st of your pattern. Tie off the yarn and hide your tails inside of the stitches. Fold the brim of your basket over itself to give it a nice, clean edge. You are done with your basket!