My dad’s birthday is tomorrow, so I decided to crochet him a gift basket. Actually, it was my mom’s idea. We were shopping at the mall and decided to pick up a few items from Bath and Body Works for him. Then my mom suggested I crochet him a basket to put the soap/lotion in. I don’t think she was being serious about it, but here’s the basket. It’s quite a small basket, with a diameter of six inches. It is 3.75 inches tall without the handles, and 5.5 inches tall with the handles.
- Size 4 yarn, int two colors (You can use a different size, just make sure to change your hook accordingly. Also, use a sturdier yarn if you want a sturdier basket.)
- 5 mm hook
- Yarn needle (optional)
- hdc=half double crochet
- dc=double crochet
- slst=slip stitch
Small Crochet Gift Basket Pattern:
Row 1: Into a magic circle (or ch 5 with a slst in the first ch to form a ring) do 8 hdc (8 sts total)
Row 2: 2 hdc into each st (16 total sts)
Row 3: 1 hdc in the first st, then 2 hdc in the next st; repeat until you return back to the first stitch (24 sts total)
Row 4: 1 hdc in the first two sts, then 2 hdc in the third st; repeat until you return back to the first stitch (32 sts total)
Row 5: 1 hdc in the first three sts, then 2 hdc in the fourth st; repeat until you return back to the first stitch (40 sts total)
Row 6: 1 hdc in the first four sts, then 2 hdc in the fifth st; repeat until you return back to the first stitch (48 sts total)
Row 7: 1 hdc in the first five sts, then 2 hdc in the sixth st; repeat until you return back to the first stitch (56 sts total)
Row 8: 1 hdc in the first six sts, then 2 hdc in the seventh st; repeat until you return back to the first stitch (64 sts total)
Row 9: 1 hdc in the first seven sts, then 2 hdc in the eighth st; repeat until you return back to the first stitch. Slst into the first st to join the circle (72 sts total)
That completes the base of the basket. Now we’ll move on to the sides. If you want the basket to be ridged, like mine, work in the backloops only. Otherwise, crochet as normal.
Rows 10-12: Ch 3, then dc in each st around. When you get to the last st, slst into the first st and ch 3 again. (72 sts total)
Rows 13-14: (This is an optional color change. If you wish to have a basket with only one color, don’t change colors and continue to do 1 dc in each st) After the slst at the end of row 12, take the yarn of your second color and ch 3 with it. You can now cut the yarn of the first color. After you do so, you can hide the tail (and the tail of your second color) as you crochet. Continue doing 1 dc in each st, making sure to slst the last st to the first st and ch 3. (72 sts total.)
Row 15: Return back to your original color, if you haven’t already. After the ch 3, do 1 dc in the first 25 sts. At the 26th st, ch 15. These will be your handles, so feel free to make them longer or shorter. Skip 9 sts and dc into the tenth. From there, do 1 dc in the next 26 sts. Ch 15 again. Skip 9 sts and dc into the tenth, which should be your last st. Slst into the first st (72 sts total)
Row 16: Ch 1. Do 1 sc in each st up until the handle. Do 25 sc into the actual loop of the handle (where your knuckles would be if you were holing the basket) This number may vary depending on the tension of your stitches. You’re looking for something that is uniform without being puckered. After the 25th sc, continue sc in the sts outside of the handles until you reach the second handle. Do 25 more sc into the handle’s opening. After the last sc, slst into the first st. (The total number of stitches depends on the number of stitches in the handles)
Row 17 Ch 1. Sc in each st, including the sts along the handle. After the last st, slst into the first st. Cut your yarn and weave in the loose ends.
After that, the actual basket is complete! I chose to embroider the word “love” with a heart. I did this with a yarn needle by using a backstitch.
I hope this pattern was useful to you! If you have any questions, leave them down below and I’ll try my best to answer them!