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DIY: CROCHET BUNNY BASKET (UPDATED)

The update for this project is available just in time for Easter. Whip up this super cute basket in one sitting. Check out the free pattern below.


I decided to update this pattern because I wanted to make cute Easter gifts for my nieces this year. I'm getting married this summer and I plan to ask them to be my flower girls. I wanted to make it extra special and ask them in a unique way. Each one will receive a handmade basket filled with some of their favorite things and a card letting them know their special role on my extra special day. I am so excited!


This beginner friendly pattern uses the waistcoat stitch which creates a knit like texture. The cotton cord used for this basket will give it a sturdy structure and you won't have to worry about it losing its shape. This project is customizable in a variety of ways and you can easily adjust the size and colors to fit your preference.


Let's get into it!


Materials (this list includes affiliate links)

  • Bobbiny 5mm braided cotton cord (link)

    • 2 colors (I used natural and mocha. I will refer to them as color A (natural) and color B (mocha)).

    • color A: 76 yards/ 69 meters ; color B: 17 yards/ 15 meters

  • 8" wood base (optional) (link; use code: YARNTH3ORY for 10% off your purchase)

  • scrap yarn (worsted, chunky or bulky weight).

  • 8 mm crochet hook (link)

(Also have a smaller hook handy to complete round one just incase the 8mm hook is too large to fit into the holes on your base. I used a 6.5mm hook to complete round one. Make sure to keep your tension loose.)

  • pom pom maker (link)

  • scissors (link)

  • tape measure (link)

  • stitch markers (link)

Gauge

4" x 4" = 6 stitches x 7 rounds


Finished Measurements

height: 6"

diameter: 8.5"

handle length: 22"


Abbreviations:

*Patterns are written in standard US terms*

  • ch = chain

  • sc = single crochet

  • blo = back loop only

  • st(s) = stitch(es)

  • ws = waistcoat stitch - single crochet into the center of the stitch from the previous round. (tutorial )

Notes:

  • Check out this quick tutorial on the invisible join technique. The stitch created by the invisible join counts as the first stitch for the next round.

  • You can easily alter the size of the basket by increasing the size of the base or increasing the number of rounds in the body.

  • When switching colors, I do not cut the cord.


Pattern:


Base:

If you are using a wood base:

With color A, join the cord to the base and chain 1. Make 1 Sc in each hole around the base. Close the round with an invisible join.


Do not cut the cord. Continue to the instructions for the body of the basket.


If you are crocheting a base follow the instructions below:


With color A, create a magic ring and chain 1. The chain 1 counts as the first stitch of round 1.

Round 1. Sc 7 in the ring. Pull tail to close the circle. Close round with an invisible join. (8 sts)

Round 2. 2 sc in each stitch around. Close round with an invisible join. (16 sts)

Round 3. [2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in the next st] repeat around. Close round with an invisible join. (24 sts)

Round 4. [2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in the next 2 sts] repeat around. Close round with an invisible join. (32 sts)

Round 5. [2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in the next 3 sts] repeat around. Close round with an invisible join. (40 sts)

Round 6. [2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in the next 9 sts] repeat around. Close round with an invisible join. (44 sts)


Do not cut the cord. Continue to the instructions for the body of the basket.


Body:

Round 1: With color A, blo sc into each stitch around. Close round with an invisible join. This creates the first stitch for the next round (This is true for every round). (44 sts)


Round 2: With color A, WS into the next 19 sts. Switch to color B and WS into the next 5 sts. Switch to color A and WS into the remaining sts. Close round with an invisible join. (44 sts)

Round 3 - 5: With color A, WS into the next 18 sts. Switch to color B, WS into the next 7 sts. Switch to color A. WS into the remaining sts. Close round with an invisible join. (44 sts)


Round 6: With color A, WS into the next 19 sts. Switch to color B and WS into the next 5 sts. Switch to color A and WS into the remaining sts. Close round with an invisible join. (44 sts)


Round 7: With color A, WS into the next 20 sts. Switch to color B and WS into the next 3 sts. Switch to color A and WS into the remaining sts. Close round with an invisible join. (44 sts)

Round 8 - 10: With color A, WS into the next 19 sts. Switch to color B and WS into the next 5 sts. Switch to color A and WS into the remaining sts. Close round with an invisible join. (44 sts)



(You will be able to download the chart and also use it to track your progress)


Ears :

Round 11: With color A, WS into the next 20 sts. Switch to color B. Ch 7. (Work the next 6 sts into the bumps on the back of the chain.) Slst into the second chain from the hook. Sc. hdc. dc. hdc. sc.

WS into the next three sts.

Ch 7. (Work the next 6 sts into the bumps on the back of the chain.) Slst into the second chain from the hook. Sc. hdc. dc. hdc. sc. Switch to color A and WS into the remaining sts.

Cut yarn. Finish off and weave ends.


Tail:

Taking the scrap yarn, use your pom pom maker to make a pom pom. Attach it to your basket between rows 3 and 4. Weave your ends.


Handle (optional):

Determine where you'd like to position the handles on the basket. Attach cord to the basket and make an icord that is 22" long. (If you are unfamiliar with the crochet cord technique, view this tutorial.)


Cut cord leaving a 5 inch tail. Attach end of cord handle to the other side of the basket using your method of choice. ( I used a horizontal mattress stitch .)



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Ayeeee, you did it! I want to see your creations! Make sure to share your finished projects made using this pattern on Instagram with the hashtag #yarnth3orytaughtme .


If you have any questions (or see any mistakes) post them in the comments below.


Happy Crafting!

- Krysten


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