Sunday, 6 October 2013

Crochet Harvest Basket Free Pattern

Claire harvesting apples this morning.

It was a gorgeous day at our local apple barn today.  My daughter had a blast picking just right apples for a pie.  The basket she filled with apples is a little different then the ones we usually crochet.  It has handles and looks like a basket but when picked up it kind of expands and is slouchy. It's a hybrid between a market bag and a basket.  I'm calling it a "Harvest" Basket.


I crocheted this basket by stitching 4-ply cotton over para cord or parachute cord.  The same results can be achieved with this pattern whether crocheting with a double strand, heavier yarn, twine or rope.   


To crochet over para cord I simply placed it in my path from the opposite direction of the yarn at the beginning of the instructions and then stitched around it pretending like it wasn't there.  Some patterns introduce it in the second or third round but I found the center firmer when inserted right at the start. 



Free Crochet Harvest Basket Pattern


Crochet with two strands of yarn and a size 6.5 hook.  

(Note: Ch 3 at beg of row counts as dc.)

ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.

1st rnd: Ch 3. 11 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 12 dc.

2nd rnd: Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as last sl st. 2 dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 24 dc.

3rd rnd: Ch 3. 2 dc in next dc. *1 dc in next dc. 2 dc in next dc.
Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 36 dc.

4th rnd: Ch 3. 1 dc in next dc. 2 dc in next dc. *1 dc in each of next
2 dc. 2 dc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 48 dc.

5th rnd: Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as last sl st. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc.
*2 dc in next dc. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 60 dc. 

6th rnd: Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as last sl st. 1 dc in each of next 4 dc. *2 dc in next dc. 1 dc in each of next 4 dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.  

7th rnd: Ch 1. sc into the back loop of the next stitch and all the way around. Then sl st to the beginning ch. Ch 1.

8th to 10th rnd: sc in each st around or until the basket reaches the height you desire. Join with a sl st. Ch 1.

11th rnd Handles: sc 1/4 of the round, Ch 15, skip 15 sc, sc another 1/4 of the round, Ch 15, skip 15 sc, sc in each remaining st around. 

12th rnd: sc in each st around including 15 sc in ch's for both handles, sl st. Finish off and weave in ends. 

Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet 
rnd = round

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