Color Block Crochet Basket Pattern

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I had a sweet Craigslist find a few weeks ago that included a few JUMBO Bernat Blanket Yarns. With a lack of storage space, a quick Google of patterns lead me to Yarninspirations for a stash basket pattern. Perfect! Something on my bucket list to make and I had everything I needed.

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BUT, not so fast, as I had major gauge issues. I’m a tight knitter/crocheter and immediately ran into problems of the bottom the basket forming a bowl (left picture) rather then laying flat (corrected in middle and right pictures). I tried a larger hook (still got a bowl) and then loser stitches (ended up with floppy piece that wouldn’t hold it’s shape … maybe the reason for the poor Yarnspirations reviews?). After several iterations, I’ve reworked the pattern and here it is, free for you to try!

Size:
Approx 13” diameter x 11″ high

Materials:
1.5 balls of Bernat Blanket Yarn (10.5 oz) … more if you want basket with higher sides
Size L (8.0mm) hook

Instructions:

Bottom of Basket

Ch2
1st rnd: 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc.
 – use Magic Loop method to seal hole.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc. 14 sc.

3rd rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 21 sc.

4th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 28 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 3 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 35 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 42 sc.

7th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 5 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 49 sc.

8th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 6 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 56 sc.

9th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 7 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 63 sc.

10th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 8 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 70 sc.
11th rnd: Ch1. *1 sc in each of next 9 sc. 2sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 77 sc.
12th rnd: Ch1. *1 sc in each of next 10 sc. 2sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 84 sc.
13th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 11 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 91 sc.
14th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 12sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 98 sc.
15th rnd: Ch 1. *1sc in each of next 13 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 105 sc.

Unlike the original pattern, I spaced out the increases, so the bottom of the basket was closer to a perfect circle rather than a heptagon (7-point circle).

Transition to side of basket

Ch1. Working into back loops of each stitch, 1 sc in each sc around. 104 sc.

Basket will naturally fold up as pictured below.

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Side of Basket

Here, I used the amigurumi method of crocheting up in a spiral for a more natural transition in each round vs the join with sl st, then ch1 method. Use scrap yarn to mark rounds as the spiral method is so smooth, you won’t be able to tell where the start of your round is!

1st rnd: Working into both loops, 1 sc in each sc around. 104 sc.
2nd to 15th rnd: Repeat for 14 more rounds
16th to 22nd : Change color (if desired) and repeat for another 7 rounds.

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There’s definitely flexibility here if you want a taller or shorter basket, adjust to the number of round desired or where you want the color change (I went with the photography Rule of Thirds!). Each round gets you about 3/4″ or 1cm higher.

Handles:

1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 22 sc. Ch7. Skip next 7sc. 1sc in each of next 45 sc. Ch 7. Skip next 7sc. 1sc in each of next 23 sc.
2nd rnd: Ch1. 1sc in each of next 22 sc. 11 sc in next ch-6 sp. 1sc in each of next 45 sc. 11 sc in next ch-6 sp. 1 sc in each of next 23 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 112 sc. Fasten off, weave in ends and Voila!

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The reviews on Yarninspirations state the basket won’t hold it’s shape unless it’s filled, but as pictured, I didn’t have issues with it standing up using the pattern posted here.

Happy tote/basket-making!

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