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Free Spring Mini Basket Crochet Pattern

This mini basket pattern is inspired by my Great Grandma who used to crochet little baskets around butter tubs for the little girls in the family. Read on for the pattern and happy stitching!

Mini Crocheted Basket

By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

These mini baskets are lovely party favors for everything from Easter to tea time, wedding and baby showers. Whip some up and line them with cupcake liners and fill them with chocolate for your guests. Yum! Download these instructions in PDF form. (Please email me if you have an questions about the pattern.)

Yarn: Cotton yarn in the colors of your choice (I used Sugar ‘n Cream and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.)
Hook: Size “H”, 5 mm

Ch: chain
Hdc: half double crochet… To create a half double crochet stitch wrap the yarn around your hook and pull a loop up as if to do a double crochet, but instead of working off two loops at a time, draw the yarn through all three loops on the hook to complete the stitch.
Sl st: slip stitch
Sts: stitches

Begin with a magic loop OR ch 4 and sl st into first chain to form a loop.

Round 1: Make six 6 hdc stitches into ring. Sl st into first st to complete round. (6 sts.) Ch. 1.

Round 2: 2 hdc in each st around. Sl st into first st to complete round. (12 sts.) Ch. 1.

Round 3: 2 hdc in each st around. Sl st into first st to complete round. (24 sts.) Ch. 1.

Round 4: * Hdc in next two sts, 2 hdc in next st. * Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into first st to complete round. (32 sts.) Ch. 1.

Round 5: Hdc in each stitch around, working only in the back the back half of the sts from previous round. This will create a ridge along the bottom edge of the basket. Sl st into first st to complete round. (32 sts.) Ch. 1.

Rounds 6-8: Hdc in each st around. Sl st in 1st st. of round. Ch 1.

Basket Handle
After completing round 8 do not cut off yarn. Ch 1 and do 3 hdc, then ch 1 & turn. Repeat * 3 hdc, ch1 & turn * 15 times to create handle. Do not chain 1 at the end of the final row. Just cut the yarn leaving a 12” tail and fasten off. Use a yarn needle to whip stitch the handle to the basket.

* This pattern is copyrighted 2012 by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, CraftSanity Magazine Publisher, art and craft columnist, podcast host and blogger at You may use this pattern to create items for non-commercial sale, if you credit as the pattern source. Please don’t distribute copies of this pattern, but feel free to refer people to this link. Thank you!


Comment from Carolyn Alt
Time: April 2, 2012, 9:53 pm

Those are wonderful!! Thanks for the free pattern. Now if only i could crochet. Darn it!

Comment from DianeP
Time: April 3, 2012, 8:42 am

These little baskets are so cute! Bringing the pattern to my Aunt for the ladies at the nursing home to make some!

Thank you for a quick and pretty gift basket!

Comment from yvonne
Time: April 3, 2012, 12:30 pm

I was just looking for a quick crochet item to make for Easter! I think I have the perfect yarn. Thank you!

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: April 3, 2012, 2:03 pm

Very cute!

Comment from Brandi
Time: April 3, 2012, 2:59 pm

cute easter idea for little ones:)

Comment from Cal O
Time: April 3, 2012, 3:57 pm

There goes all my spare time between now and Easter! (THANK YOU!) Thanks too that this is a pattern that even I, the Village Idiot of CrochetLand, can make and have it come out NOT looking like a cotton hairball thrown up by a particularly evil cat.

Did that all work out as a complement? Hope so – thanks for the great pattern!

Comment from Diana
Time: April 3, 2012, 4:13 pm

OH MY….those are so so cute!! I wonder if I could whip one up before Sunday…hummm…

Comment from EL
Time: April 3, 2012, 7:13 pm

Instead of cutting the yarn and sewing the end of the handle to the basket, you could slip stitch or single crochet it.

Comment from jennifer
Time: April 3, 2012, 9:09 pm

Hi, El. Yes, you can keep stitching the end of the handle to the basket and I often take this approach. Thanks for posting your comment. I thought it would be easier for beginners to fasten off the yarn and stitch the handle in place with a yarn needle so I simplified the pattern for them. Perhaps I was underestimating all the rookies out there. :) I’m also a bit picky about not creating a ridge where I stitch the join and didn’t want to write a book about how to avoid that in the middle of the pattern. I was trying to save you guys with rare brevity on my part and now look at me going on and on about it. Ha!

Comment from Julie Sarcona
Time: April 4, 2012, 8:58 pm

Love these Jen! So cute! Hope you will bring some (with candy) to Mom’s for Easter!

Comment from Kathy
Time: April 10, 2012, 5:48 pm

Too cute! Just may have to make a bunch for next year! Thank you for some craft sanity! :-)

Comment from Love To Crochet
Time: April 30, 2012, 12:05 am

Oh how I wish I’d seen this before Easter. BUT…you’ve given me a wonderful idea for our staff appreciation table.

Comment from Christina
Time: August 4, 2012, 10:20 pm

This pattern was so easy to follow.
and the baskets are so cute!
I’ve been having issues lately with patterns online not being correct with the stich count and the instructions being hard to follow but these are so well written. Typically it takes me 3 hours to make one thing but these are so good it took me less than an hour! Thank you :D sooo cute!

Comment from Connie
Time: January 20, 2013, 11:28 am

I too really like these baskets, but I count 4 rows after the fifth row. If you have a thick acrylic yarn it works up nicely.

Comment from Prasanna
Time: February 21, 2013, 1:25 am

I do like this,wanted to do for my durand children thank you

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Comment from tiffany
Time: March 10, 2014, 5:06 pm

Just made my 1st basket! Quite simple & very cute! Plan to make 28 more baskets for my son to pass goodies in for his class Easter party:)

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These look like the perfect way to use leftover yarn! I’m excited to make these.

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