This past Chanukah I made chunky crocheted baskets instead of the drawstring gift pouches that I usually make to hold chocolate coins and dreidels on the first night of Chanukah. And now, since Chanukah is long gone, I'm starting to see how useful little baskets like these can be year round! Plus they're a breeze to whip up, and look so very cute holding a piece of fruit, a small nicely wrapped gift or a combination of little prizes and treats. One could even hang a little basket like this from a neighbor's door knob, to surprise them with some cookies, wouldn't that be fun?
Tu B'Shevat, the new year for the trees is the next Jewish holiday, so right about now, I'm thinking of how to use these little baskets with fruit, and my decoupaged apples seem to be doing the job!
Oh, and did I mention that these little baskets are perfect for using up some odds and ends? I crocheted the bottom and first two side of basket rows using creme worsted weight yarn together with silver crocheting thread, and the rest was the same worsted weight yarn together with a stand of aqua baby weight yarn. I love the look of combining the several strands of yarn, and while the photos don't do it justice, the hint of metallic silver is lovely.
- chunky yarn, or a combination of yarns of different weights
- size 6.5mm hook, or whatever works with your yarn
Quick Crocheted Gift Basket With Handle Pattern: