This mini crochet basket pattern looks way more complicated than it is! In reality, it is a super quick and easy project with such cute results. All it involves is a single crochet base and a few rounds of cluster stitches.
This mini crochet basket is perfect for holding jewelry, bathroom toiletries, or even a small potted succulent. It is a great way to add a little texture and color to a shelf. A pretty and practical addition to your modern decor.
CROCHETING WITH COTTON
Cotton yarn has very unique and beneficial characteristics. If you would like to learn more about cotton yarn and what to make with it, check out my Ultimate Guide to Crocheting With Cotton!
THE ORIGIN OF THIS PATTERN
This was one of those patterns that started off as one thing and accidentally turned into another! I think it’s called a happy accident! Ha!
My initial intention had been to create a water bottle holder. But as I worked up the edges I realized that the cluster stitches I was using were causing the edges to puff out wider than the base.
I knew the pattern wasn’t going to work as I intended and was about to rip the whole thing out and start over when I noticed the natural inclination of the stitches was to curve in the shape of a bowl. I took a chance and added a row of slip stitches on top to round it off and – wha-la! Perfect little bowl!
I love happy accidents!
P.S., if you are a little disappointed the water bottle holder didn’t work out because you love water bottle holders, you can find some of my other water bottle patterns here:
THE YARN FOR THIS PATTERN
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For this project I chose to use Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in the color Amber. It is a 100% mercerized cotton. I loved both the color and the texture of the yarn. Mercerized cotton can have especially rich coloring and is known to be extra sturdy (to learn more about mercerized cotton, check out this article on the different kinds of cotton yarn.)
I also really liked how the cabled structure of the strand itself gave it a very dense, tight weave. It felt like it helped the project hold its shape a little more easily, which was exactly what I was hoping for.
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- 38 Yards Size 4 Yarn (I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Amber)
- US H/ 5.0 mm Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle
Use completed base as gauge: 3 1/2” circle = 7 rounds of sc as completed in the pattern
2 ¼” tall x 4” wide
(sl st) slip stitch
(sc) single crochet
(2dc-cl) 2 double crochet cluster stitch
(3dc-cl) 3 double crochet cluster stitch
How to Crochet the Cluster Stitch
The cluster stitch is used in two variations in this pattern (2 double crochet or 3 double crochet). To complete either double crochet cluster stitch, begin with a yo and insert your hook into the next stitch (as if to begin a dc stitch). Yo and pull through. Yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook. Instead of completing the dc stitch, yo and insert your hook into the same stitch. Yo and pull through. Yo and pull through two loops. You should now have 3 loops on your hook. If you are doing a 2 dc cluster stitch you will now yo and pull through all 3 loops on your hook to complete the stitch. If you are doing a 3 dc cluster stitch, you will yo and insert your hook into the same stitch one more time. Yo and pull through. Yo and pull through 2 loops. You should have 4 loops on your hook. Yo and pull through all 4 loops.
Beginning chain of each round does not count as a stitch.
I tend to crochet tightly. So be sure to check your gauge and if you are crocheting more loosely you can move to a smaller hook (or larger if you crochet even more tightly). Some people find they even need to go down two hook sizes to meet my gauge. Tension is important in this pattern, not so much for sizing since it is not a fitted wearable item, but more to achieve enough tension to keep the project from being too floppy.
Pattern can easily be resized by adding or decreasing rounds of the base.
Round 1: Ch 2. 6 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. Join with a sl st to the first sc in the round. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1. 2 sc in the same stitch and each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (12)
Round 3: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 2 sc in the next stitch. *1 sc in next stitch. 2 sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (18)
Round 4: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 1 Sc in the next stitch. 2 sc in the next stitch. *1 Sc in each of the next 2 stitches. 2 sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (24)
Round 5: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 1 sc in each of the next 2 stitches. 2 sc in next stitch. *1 sc in each of the next 3 stitches. 2 sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (30)
Round 6: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 1 sc in each of the next 3 stitches. 2 sc in the next stitch. *1 sc in each of the next 4 stitches. 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (36)
Round 7: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 1 sc in each of the next 4 stitches. 2 sc in the next stitch. *1 sc in each of the next 5 stitches. 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (42)
A note on gauge at this point: Round 7 will complete the base of the basket and as you move on to Round 8, you will begin to work up the sides. With the gauge of this pattern the base after Round 7 should be about 3 1/2” in diameter. If your base is much larger or smaller, you may want to consider starting over with a smaller or larger hook.
Round 8: Ch 1. Sc in back loop only of the same stitch and each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (42)
Round 9: Ch 2. 2dc-cl in the same stitch. Ch 1. Skip the next st. *In the next stitch, place a 3dc-cl. Ch 1. Skip the next st.* Repeat from * to * around. Join to the first 2dc-cl with a sl st. (21 clusters)
Round 10: Ch 3. *In the ch sp, 3dc-cl. Ch 1. Skip the 3dc-cl.* Repeat from * to * around. On the last ch sp, place a 2dc-cl. Before the final yo and pull through, join to the beginning of the round by placing the hook through the beginning ch 3. Then complete the yo and pull through to finish the 2dc-cl. (21 clusters.)
Round 11 – 12: Repeat round 10.
Round 13: Ch 1. Sl in the same stitch and each stitch around (top of each 3dc-cl and in each ch sp). Join to the first sl st with a sl st. (42)
Note: My slip stitches tend to have tighter tension that my other stitches, so this causes round 13 to tighten up and curve the top of the bowl inward. If your slip stitches are looser, your final result may be less of a rounded bowl and more like a straight cup. To achieve the rounded look, try a smaller hook on round 13 until you get the shape you like.
Finish off and weave in ends.
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