Vanna’s Choice® Easter Basket Buddies and Red Heart® Super Saver® Basket Weave Easter Basket (Crochet)

This soft, crochet Easter basket is filled with plush egg and carrot toys. Make this beautiful basket for someone to cherish for years to come!

Designed by Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith is a crochet designer living in Iowa with her husband and their two little boys. She loves to create beautiful things for the home and fun things for kids. She has an Etsy shop selling finished items and will soon be adding patterns to the shop.

 



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Craft Time: varies

Uses Recycled Items: No

Keywords: C_47211, january2014, jan2014, easter, easter basket, crochet easter project, crochet easter

Materials

  • Crochet Hook, US G/6 (4.25 mm)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch Markers (Optional)
  • Safety Eyes, 9 mm – Black (4)
  • Fiber Fill Stuffing
  • Vanna’s Choice® Yarn – Duckie, Poodle Pink, Rust, and Dusty Green
  • Yarn (or Embroidery Thread) – Black (Small Amount)
  • Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn – Café (1 Skein)
  • Crochet Hook, US I/9 (5.50 mm) or Size Needed to Obtain Gauge
  • Ribbon (Optional)
  • Fabric Glue/ Fray Check (Optional)
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Instructions

Easter Basket Buddies

Measurements: Egg: 8.8 cm (3.5") tall.

Gauge: Gauge is not essential to this project. Just make sure there aren’t big holes between stitches for the stuffing to show through.

Abbreviations:

st= stitch
ch= chain
sl st= slip stitch
sc= single crochet
hdc= half double crochet
dc= double crochet
sc2tog= single crochet 2 stitches together (single crochet decrease)

Notes:

  • Toys are worked in continuous rounds without joining. Use a stitch marker to mark beginning stitch if desired.
  • Both toys are worked from bottom up.
  • Safety eyes may be a choking hazard for small children. Instead of using safety eyes you may also embroider the eyes on.

Egg Buddy:

Using the US G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook and Duckie or Poodle Pink yarn, start with magic ring or ch 3 and sl st to form ring.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into ring (if using a magic ring, pull end to close ring).

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Round 3: *2sc in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. (18 sc)

Round 4: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around. (24 sc)

Round 5: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around. (30 sc)

Rounds 6-15: sc in each sc around. (30 sc)

At this point, you can attach safety eyes between rounds 12 & 13 and embroider mouth onto front.

Round 16: *sc2tog, sc in each of next 4 sc; repeat from * around. (25 sc)

Round 17: sc in each sc around. (25 sc)

Begin stuffing toy and continue stuffing as work progresses.

Round 18: *sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around. (20 sc)

Round 19: sc in each sc around. (20 sc)

Round 20: *sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around. (15 sc)

Round 21: *sc2tog, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. (10 sc)

Round 22: sc2tog around. (5 sc)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Using yarn needle, sew the top sts closed and weave in ends.

Carrot Buddy:

Using the US G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook and Rust yarn, start with magic ring or ch 3 and sl st to form ring.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into ring (if using a magic ring, pull end to close ring).

Round 2: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around. (8 sc)

Round 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around. (10 sc)

Round 4: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc; repeat from * around. (12 sc)

Round 5: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 5 sc; repeat from * around. (14 sc)

Round 6: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 6 sc; repeat from * around. (16 sc)

Round 7: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 7 sc; repeat from * around. (18 sc)

Round 8: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 8 sc; repeat from * around. (20 sc)

Round 9: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 9 sc; repeat from * around. (22 sc)

Round 10: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 10 sc; repeat from * around. (24 sc)

Round 11: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 11 sc; repeat from * around. (26 sc)

Round 12: *2sc in next sc, sc in each of next 12 sc; repeat from * around. (28 sc)

Rounds 13-16: sc in each sc around. (28 sc)

Round 17: *sc2tog, sc in next 12 sc; repeat from * around. (26 sc)

Round 18: *sc2tog, sc in next 11 sc; repeat from * around. (24 sc)

Round 19: *sc2tog, sc in next 10 sc; repeat from * around. (22 sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing: Attach safety eyes between rounds 11 & 12 and embroider mouth. Stuff carrot and sew top closed using whip stitch.

Leaf Top:

Using the US G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook and Dusty Green yarn, ch 15.

Working in second ch from hook, *sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st; repeat from * ch 1 and turn work 180°. Then working on opposite side of chain, *sl st, sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc; repeat from *. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing: Sew leaves to top middle of carrot, using picture as guide.
 

Basket Weave Easter Basket

Measurements: Basket is 11.4 cm (4.5") tall and 12.7 cm (5") diameter. Handle adds 13.9 cm (5.5") to height.

Gauge: 13 dc x 7 rows = 10.2 x 10.2 cm (4" x 4")

Abbreviations:

st= stitch
ch= chain
sc= single crochet
sl st= slip stitch
fpdc= front post double crochet
bpdc= back post double crochet
sc2tog= single crochet 2 stitches together (single crochet decrease)
yo= yarn over

Special Stitches:

Fpdc (Front post double crochet)= yo and insert hook from front to back around the post of the stitch in the row below, yo and pull thru, yo and pull thru 2 loops on hook, yo pull thru last 2 loops on hook.

Bpdc (Back post double crochet)= yo and insert hook from back to front around the post of the stitch in the row below, yo and pull thru, yo and pull thru 2 loops on hook, yo pull thru last 2 loops on hook.

Notes:

  • Basket is worked from the bottom up.
  • Bottom of basket is worked in continuous rounds without joining. Use stitch markers to mark beginning stitch, if desired.
  • Joining rounds, begin with the rows of post stitches as indicated in pattern.
  • Beginning chain on joining rounds does not count as a stitch.
  • Handle is worked back and forth in rows.

Basket:

Using Red Heart® Super Saver® Café yarn and US I/9 (5.50 mm) crochet hook, start with magic ring, or ch 3 and sl st to form ring.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into ring (if using a magic ring, pull end to close ring).

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Round 3: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around. (18 sc)

Round 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around. (24 sc)

Round 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around. (30 sc)

Round 6: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc; repeat from * around. (36 sc)

Round 7: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 5 sc; repeat from * around. (42 sc)

Round 8: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 6 sc; repeat from * around. (48 sc)

Round 9: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 7 sc; repeat from * around. (54 sc)

Round 10: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 8 sc; repeat from * around. (60 sc)

Round 11: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around. (60 sc)

At the end of round 11, join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (You will continue joining rounds while working the post stitch rounds.)

Round 12: Ch 2, fpdc in same st as join, fpdc in each of next 2 st, bpdc in each of next 3 st, *fpdc in each of next 3 st, bpdc in each of next 3 st; repeat from * around, join with sl st around post of first dc. (60 dc post sts)

Round 13: Repeat round 12, sl st in top of first fpdc made. (60 dc post sts)

Round 14: Ch 2, bpdc in same st as join, bpdc in each of next 2 st, fpdc in each of next 3 st, *bpdc in each of next 3 st, fpdc in each of next 3 st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (60 dc post sts)

Round 15: Repeat round 14, joining with a sl st around the post of the first dc. (60 dc post sts)

Rounds 16-23: Repeat rounds 12-15 two times.

Round 24: *sc2tog, sc in each of next 8 st; repeat from * around. (Do not join at the end of this round, work continuous rounds again.) (54 sc)

Round 25: *sc2tog, sc in each of next 7 st; repeat from * around.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Handle:

Leaving a long length of yarn for sewing, ch 51.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across., ch1 turn. (50 sc)

Rows 2-4: sc in each sc across. (50 sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing:

Sew each end of the handle to the inside of the basket using a yarn needle and making sure handles are spaced evenly apart on opposite sides of basket. Weave in all ends.

Using a yarn needle and an 45.7 cm (18") length of ribbon, thread ribbon through round 20 of basket, weaving ribbon thru stitches. Tie a bow with ribbon on the front of the basket. You can use fabric glue to secure ribbon if desired. Leave ribbon off, or use other colours as desired for personalized baskets.