I always decide at the very last minute to create, what I hope will be, a wonderful handmade item for Easter. Problem. That last minute part I mentioned, I really mean it. Because of that I decided that I needed a simple, go to, mini easter basket pattern. This basket will require 2 skeins of Sugar and Cream (or any) worsted weight cotton yarn and less then an hour. (Are you an experienced crocheter? Probably less then 30 minutes.)
Note: You can use acrylic. Most acrylic yarns will appear more...fuzzy? Yea, fuzzy. I'm going to go with that.
Yarn - 2 (2.5oz) Skeins (Approx. 5 oz total) Cotton, Worsted Weight Yarn. You will be working this pattern in double strands. (Double Strand = Holding two strands of yarn together).
Hook: K Hook
Pattern Abbreviations/ Terms.
Ch - Chain BLO - Back Loop Only
Hdc - Half Double Crochet Sl St - Slip Stitch
Ch 2. 12hdc into 2nd chain from hook. Join. (12)
Round 1. - Ch 2. 2hdc in each chain around. Join. (24)
Round 2. - Ch 2. * 2hdc in next stitch. 1 hdc in next stitch. * Repeat *--* around. Join. (36)
Round 3. Ch 2. * 2hdc in next stitch. 1 hdc in next stitch. * Repeat *--* around. Join. (48)
(Note: For a larger basket continue increasing by 12 until desired diameter. For Mini Baskets, continue pattern as written).
Round 4. Ch 2. In BLO Hdc around. Join. (48)
Round 5 - 10. Ch 2. Hdc around. Join. (48)
(Note: For taller basket repeat round 5 until desired height. For Mini baskets, continue pattern as written).
Round 11. Ch 2. Hdc in next 12 stitches. (Creating handle) Ch 13. Skip 11 Stitches. Hdc in next 12 stitches. Ch 13. Skip 11 Stitches. Hdc. Join.
Round 12. Ch 1. Sl st in next 12 stitches. 13 hdc in Ch 13 space. (Create handle). Sl st in next 12 stitches. 13 hdc in Ch 13 space. (Create handle). Sl st. Join. Finish off and weave in ends.
I'm off to go make a few more of these before Easter is upon us!