A Handy Storage Basket – Free Pattern
I needed a handy crochet basket for storage, so why not write it up as a free crochet pattern? We had recently had a log burner put in, and I needed something pretty to keep the logs in. I had also just gotten my first order of Hoooked Zpagetti and was looking for a good project to try it out with. So, I decided to design a crochet basket pattern!
Yes, I was really late to the recycled jersey/t-shirt yarn party! I have been inspired by Knitz and Purlz, and I have loved seeing her jersey yarn and watching her create some gorgeous things. Every time I saw one of her posts, it reminded me to make a storage basket.
Originally I wasn’t going to write this pattern up, but I put a photo on IG, and some people said they would love to check the pattern out. So it has waited for a couple of months (or 4!) until I could get it written up and tested properly.
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I really needed a crochet basket for storing washcloths in the bathroom, so I made another one in white!
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- 60-70 yards of super chunky yarn – I suggest Paintbox recycled jersey T-shirt yarn or Hoooked Zpagetti solid
- 12 or 15mm
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
Gauge is not important for this project
Using a 12mm hook, my basket was 6.5” in diameter by 4” in height
Using a 15mm hook, my basket was 10.5” in diameter by 6.5” in height – my testers found that when they did one of each, they nested perfectly!
- sc – single crochet
- fpdc – front post double crochet
- Bpdc – back post double crochet
- Blo – back loop only
- YO—yarn over
- FO—fasten off
-  – everything noted between these is worked into the same st
- Written in US terms.
- Any ch stitches at the beginning do count as a st unless otherwise stated.
- The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.
- You must turn as indicated to keep the structure of the basket sturdy
You can find our video tutorial on the fpdc at https://youtu.be/nmWe76Y4v08 – right handed version
https://youtu.be/biHxNSKo5Vw – left-handed version
For the bpdc visit https://youtu.be/hTPKAPQblkE
Free Crochet Basket Pattern:
Round 1 – In a magic ring sc 6 OR ch3, ss into first ch, sc6 into center. SS to join (6)
Round 2 – Ch1, 2sc in each st around. SS to join (12)
Round 3 – Ch1, sc in the first st, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (18)
Round 4 – Ch1, sc in the first 2sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 2 sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (24)
Round 5 – Ch1, sc in the first 3sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 3sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (30)
Round 6 – Ch1, sc in the first 4sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 4sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (36)
Round 7 – Ch1, sc in the first 5sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 5sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (42)
Round 8 – Ch1, hdc blo in each st around. SS to join (42)
Let’s start the textured section!
Round 9 – Alt ch3, [dc, ch1, 2dc] in the same st, sk2, fpdc in the next st, *sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st. sk2, fpdc in the next st*. Rep from * to * to end of round. SS to join (7 shells and 7 fpdc)
Round 10 – Ch1 , turn, bpdc around the last stitch you made in the previous round, *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, bpdc around the post of the next dc *Rep from * to *. SS to join (7 shells and 7 bpdc)
Round 11 – Ch1 , turn, fpdc around the last stitch you made in the previous round, *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, fpdc around the post of the next dc *Rep from * to *. SS to join (7 shells and 7 bpdc)
Rounds 12 – onwards – repeat rounds 10 and 11 until your basket is almost as tall as you would like (I repeated round 10 once only)
Note: the taller this one gets the less stable it appears because of the stitches used.
Round 13 – ch1, hdc in each st and ch1 space around. SS to join (42)
Round 14 -With the outside facing you, you have a choice as to how to finish this one off:
- ss in each stitch around (42) OR
- crab stitch in each st around if you feel like your yarn needs a little bit more stability.
FO and weave in ends.
And voila! A gorgeous storage basket for your home!
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