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Updated: Oct 28, 2022

A darling project for the new arrivals in your life. This Moses basket was joy to make and would make the perfect gift! Check out the free pattern below!

This pattern is beginner friendly and can be completed in just a few hours. I used a braided cotton cord and the waistcoat stitch in order to create a sturdy fabric that would hold its shape. For a detailed explanation of the waistcoat stitch, check out this post and familiarize yourself with the technique. Once you're done, head back and we can get started.






Okay, let's go.


  • wood base (29.5" x 16" ; 6mm thick; plywood) [ Get 10% off with code YARNTH3ORY]

  • 9mm Bobbiny jumbo braided cotton cord (292 meters) [ Purchase from AllYarnDrive on Etsy (Free shipping for orders over $35+):]

  • 12 mm crochet hook ( optional: if the holes on your base are much smaller than your cord, have a smaller hook handy to help you join the cord to base for the first round. Switch to the larger hook for all remaining rounds.)

  • scissors

  • stitch markers


*Patterns are written in standard US terms*

  • sc = single crochet

  • st(s) = stitch(es)

  • ws = waistcoat stitch - single crochet into the "v" of the stitch from the previous round. (Quick tutorial here)


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

  • The stitch created by the invisible join counts as the first stitch for the next round.


Round 1: With your smaller hook, join the cord to the base. SC in every other stitch around. Close round with an invisible join. Place one stitch marker at each "corner" to indicate where you will increase on the next round.

Round 2: WS into every stitch in the round, increasing at each stitch marker (meaning you will place two ws in the sts marked with the stitch marker. Close round with an invisible join.

Rounds 3 - 11: WS into every stitch in the round. Close with an invisible join.

Round 12: Facing the long side of your basket, place the stitch markers where you would like the handles to be. Make sure that they are in the same place on both sides. WS into every stitch until you get to the first stitch marker. Make a chain of your desired length. Skip the stitches between the two stitch markers. WS into the stitch to the left of the second stitch marker. Continue crocheting around and complete these steps for the other side.

Round 13: WS into every stitch until you get to the chain. Crochet your desired number of stitches around the chain to create your handle. Continue WS around and complete these steps on the other side. WS into the remaining sts. Cut your cord and finish off.

Optional: Use any leftover cord to create tassels to attach to the handle of the basket to add a little razzle dazzle.

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


The patterns and photographs of items on this site are the property of yarnTh3ory and are for personal, non-commercial use only. These patterns are protected by US copyright, and you may not distribute or sell them electronically or physically.

Sales of finished pieces made from these patterns are permitted, but seller must use their own photographs and credit must be given to yarnTh3ory as the designer.


This is an absolute perfect pattern! I appreciate you sharing it with us! This was my second one, I have made one for each of my girls ♥️thank you again!


I accidentally bought 5mm yarn will that work for the basket


What a lovely job you done to moses basket


Found the base a bit too pricey so made one myself.

Had to take the basket out twice because it was going outward but in the end third times a charm and a really happy with the end result.

Physiotherapist made me promise not to make another one anytime soon as she’s picking up the pieces now.

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Hope you can help me.

I would like to try and make my own. what diameters did you use, from the edge of the base, the number of holes etc.

Thank you. 😊


I started over twice but it still caves in

I added extra stitches in second and third row but that didn’t help

Any suggestions?



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