May is a busy month at our house, and between my birthday, mother's day, my daughter's birthday and half my friends' birthdays, I have my hands full especially when it comes to gift giving. Today, I am sharing a simple tutorial on How to Crochet a Basket, which makes for a quick last minute and economical gift!
Crochet Spa Basket Tutorial
Supplies: cotton worsted weight yarn (I used Lily Sugar n' Cream) 5.5 mm hook needle for weaving in endsAbbreviations: CH- chain ST- stich SL ST- slip stitch SC- single crochet DC- double crochet
Step 1: Make a magic loop (learn how to make a magic loop here or at Hip2Thrift). CH 3, 12 DC in the loop, join with Sl ST at the top of the CH 3.
Step 2- CH 3, DC in the same stitch as the CH3, 2 DC in each stitch around. Join with Sl ST to the top of the CH 3
Step 4- CH 3, DC in the same stitch as the CH3, *2 DC in next st, 1 DC in the next 2 stitches, 2 DC*, all around. Join with Sl ST to the top of the CH 3.
You are basically making a flat circle. Keep adding 1DCs in between 2DCs, depending on how big you want the basket bottom to be. I stopped at the previous row. Make sure that your circle is flat.
Step 5- CH 1, SC into the back loop of next stitch and all around. SL ST to the beginning CH1. This step creates a ledge and makes for a good transition to the next rows that will all be going up, creating the walls of the basket.
Step 6 - regular SC all around. Join with a SL ST. You can make it as tall as you want here.
You can make it taller and fold it over for an awesome cuff and more sturdy look.
Optional: Depending on how loose or tight you crochet, you can spray the basket with a starch spray and iron. I love how easy these baskets are to make! If you use thicker yarn, or even t-shirt yarn, you can these up in no time. You can use two colors for an awesome color block look.
These baskets are versatile and can be used to hold spa essentials, make-up, or as storage anywhere in the house. Give it away as a gift filled with awesome spa goodies, or keep it for yourself. I have a couple that I use whenever I have guests and I fill them with washcloths, small size toiletries, and even some treats.
Now that you know how to crochet a basket, go make some baskets now!