Emergency Crochet Basket Pattern and Tutorial

I have had three birthdays to buy for this last  week and found myself in a bit of a pickle on Wednesday, and for birthday number 3, when I had carefully selected some handmade goodies from a local craft shop but couldn’t find the perfect basket to put them all in in order to make a few random items into a pretty little hamper.

Wandering home feeling a little dejected (Liskeard has never  let me down before!) I suddenly realised that I didn’t need to buy one, because I could make one and, that in doing so, it could be the perfect size for my handmade booty.

That evening my ‘Emergency’ basket was born and here it is:

I knocked this up in about an hour, during T&T’s bath time as I needed it finished for Thursday morning and, of course, I had no idea how long it was going to take to make – nor did I really know what, exactly, I intend to make.

The finished basket measures approximately 14cm square – so it’s a mini basket really – and could be used for all sorts – version two has become our remote control tidy and version three…well,  I will find a use!

If you have your own little emergency or have some left over t-shirt yarn and an hour or so to spare, here’s the pattern for this sweet little evers0 useful basket.


This little basket is made using a 12mm hook and Hooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn.

A little word of caution about t-shirt yarn here. It is a waste product of the fashion industry and the width of the yarn therefore varies throughout the ball…and it is stretchy! These two things combined mean that you can’t achieve the regular kind of finish that you might achieve with, say, DK Cotton or acrylic yarn. This is therefore probably not the kind of yarn for you if complete regularity is a component of your kind of perfection.

The Pattern

Please note that, as with all of my patterns, this pattern is written in UK crochet terms. Do not turn between rows.

The base – we’re going to start with a – sort of – Granny square. For me, this means starting with a magic circle. There is a good video for how to do this here. The video is for a project starting with US sc (UK dc) but my basket is worked mainly in half-treble crochet (‘htr’) and I do use the first slip stitch as part of the pattern in the base.

When using t-shirt yarn I keep my magic circle at about 5cm diameter for the first round, before pulling the tail tight.

Starting from here:

Round 1: We are going to chain 1 (see below)  – the initial slip plus chain count as the first stitch of the first cluster of stitches.

Work in clusters of three hdc so, after your first chain, work 2hdc into the centre of the magic circle. Your first cluster should look like this:

Next, chain 2 – this makes the first corner.

Now, *work three hdc into into the magic circle, ch2*  and repeat twice more.

This is the first round before joining together:

Now, join your last chain into the top of the tip of your first stitch with a slip stitch (the chain on top of the slip stitch).

Here’s where the magic happens – tug on free end of yarn to pull the inner circle tight. Like this:

You won’t be able to close the circle with yarn this thick, but you should get to here:


Chain 2 – this counts as the first stitch of this round. It is the last stitch of the last corner and we will move straight on to the next corner.

So, work *3htr, ch2, 3htr into the chain 2 space of the next corner* repeat twice.

Here is the first fully worked corner:


Here is the second round before hooking the last corner:

To work the final corner. 3htr, ch3, 2htr and join with a slip stitch to the top of the first chain 2 (the stitch I am touching with my hook below).

Round 3:

Chain 2 – this is the first stitch of the final round

Now, 2htr into the gap created above the cluster of the first row. My hook is touching the top of that gap in the pic below:

Work the stitch into the gap and not any of the htr stitches form the previous row:

Work *3htr, ch2, 3htr into the first corner, skip then next three htr and work 3htr into the space above the cluster from the the first round * as shown above,  repeat twice.

The pic below shows one corner worked and my hook about to start the 3htr cluster in the next gap:

3htr, ch2, 3htr into the final corner:

and close with a slip into the top of the first ch2. Do not fasten off.

Here is the finished base:

As I said above, nowhere near as neat as if done in a thinner yarn.

The sides

To work the sides, the first row is worked using the front loop I am pointing at the loop you need to use in the pic below:

Round 1: Chain 1 and dc in each htr and ch around working in the front loops only the picture above also shows where you need to place your first stitch. Slip into ch1 to join (40 dc)

After the first round the basket should look like this:

Round2  : Ch1 Work in both loops and dc in each dc around (40 dc) slip into top of ch1.

The basket after Round 2:

Round 3: Ch2 (this counts as a dc) skip 1 dc and dc in next dc my finger is pointing at the stitch that the first dc needs to be worked into:

And here is the hook about to make the stitch:

*ch1 skip one dc and dc in next dc* repeat around finish with a ch1 and slip stitch into first ch of ch 2 (20dc, 20 ch)

Here’s round 3 worked in a contrasting colour:

Round 4: Ch1 (counts as first dc)

dc into first ch space, dc into next dc, dc into next space

Next, to pull in the corner, dc2tog into next two stitches rather than dropping into the corner space.

This is how to dc2tog:

Pull up a loop in each of the next two stitches:

Yarn over hook:

And pull through all three loops on the hook:

*Dc into next dc,  dc into next space x 4 dc2tog in next two dc* repeat along the next two sides

To finish the final side *dc in next dc, dc in ch1 space* and repeat once join into ch1 and beginning of round (32dc and 4 dc2tog)

To leave a neat top edge fasten off the last stitch to the outside as shown below:

This achieves an edge that looks like this:

Rather than like this:

See the bobbly mess on top left hand side? Whereas, in the top pic you can’t see the join.

Once the ends are darned in you will need to pull the basket into a square shape which it should roughly hold.

And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed making this little basket and please do let me know if something doesn’t seem quite right!

Lou xx


P.s. Have you noticed the size of the needle used to darn the ends in? It’s enormous!

It came in a pack of three and, if you at having trouble finding needles that large, they are available here.


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