Tiny crocheted baskets are the perfect little accessory for decorating tables or giving little gifts this winter, or for getting a jump start on your spring crafting! They'd be adorable little party favors filled with something special, or one could make centerpieces with branches and tiny baskets holding bird's eggs. With the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat coming up these are perfect for holding dried fruits or nuts, which we eat on the holiday to celebrate the new year for the fruit bearing trees.
The key to making these baskets is to use chunky yarn, and a crochet hook that's smaller than one you'd normally use, which results in a basket and handle that keep their shape nicely!
If you're looking for a larger crocheted gift basket, so check out my quick crocheted gift basket, seen above, which as you can see, is quite a bit larger than the tiny crocheted basket, though of course they look great together.
Tiny Crocheted Basket Pattern:
Yarn:I used a bulky acrylic yarn and a size 5mm hook
Note: To make really tiny baskets one could use much lighter weight yarn and a hook that is smaller that what you'd normally use, could be adorable, think I'll try it too!
Round 1: Make a magic ring, chain 3, and crochet 10 DC into ring, pull ring tight. join to ch3 with a slip stitch.
Round 2: ch 3, make 1 dc into same stitch. Make 2 DC into each stitch from previous round, join to first ch3 with a slip stitch
Round 3: ch1, sc around in back loop only, join to first sc with a slip stitch.
Round 4: ch1, sc around in back loop only, join to first sc with a slip stitch.
Rounds 5 and 6: ch1, sc around, through both loops, join to first sc with a slip stitch. Don't cut yarn, you can now begin the handle!
Handle Construction: Given the weight of your yarn and the size of your basket you may need to experiment with this, (namely possibly adding another row to the handle) but this is what worked for me:
After finishing off round 6, sc in next stitch and then ch 17. Make a sc into poin on basket exactly across from beginning of handle, and then turn the basket ot the left and make another sc into stitch to the right of that first one. Go back across foundation chain with a row of slip stitches, and then slip stitch into stitch next to initial starting point for handle. Hopefully that makes sense, it should once you try it yourself! If your handle is too floppy, you can always add a little piece of wire, by weaving it in or unraveling the second row of the handle and crocheting around the wire. Enjoy!