I’ve had some t-shirt yarn in my stash for a while now, just waiting for the right project to come along. And then, just like that, inspiration struck the other day. The dog needed a new basket for his growing collection of toys so I decided to crochet a basket.
You can use any yarn, but the chunkier the yarn the sturdier the basket. I used a 12mm hook and t-shirt yarn which meant that this crochet basket pattern works up really quickly. The t-shirt yarn makes a really sturdy basket that can be picked up and carried without sagging.
I’ve made a couple of smaller baskets from chunky yarn, which would look good on shelves or a dressing table.
Alternatively, if you’d like to make your own, here is the pattern. Don’t forget to tag me when you’ve finished, I’d love to see what you make!
What you need:
Yarn of your choice
Appropriate sized hook
This pattern is written using UK terms.
Ch = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
HTC = Half Treble Crochet
SS = Slip Stitch
BL = Back Loop
Crochet Basket Pattern
In each round, the initial chain counts as the first HTC. In each round repeat *…* until end of round
Ch 4. Join to make a loop.
Round 1: Ch1, 7 DC in loop. Join to Ch with SS. If you find that the centre hole is too big, pull on the tail of the yarn to close it slightly.
Round 2: Ch 2, HTC in same stitch. 2HTC in each stitch around. Join with SS.
Round 3: Ch2, HTC in same stitch, HTC in next stitch, *2HTC, HTC*, join with SS
Round 4: Ch2, HTC in same stitch, HTC in next 2 stitches, *2HTC, HTC in next 2*, join with SS
Round 5: Ch2, HTC in same stitch, HTC in next 3 stitches, *2HTC, HTC in next 3*, join with SS
Round 6: Ch2, HTC in same stitch, HTC in next 4 stitches, *2HTC, HTC in next 4*, join with SS
Repeat in the same increase pattern until your basket base is as wide as you want it.
Round 7: Ch 1, DC in BL of each stitch, join with SS
Round 8: Ch2, HTC in next stitch, HTC in each stitch around, join with SS
Repeat round 8 until basket is the required height.
Weave in ends.
Fill basket with whatever you like!