Crochet Easter Basket

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Easter 2015

We love an Easter egg hunt in our house: as soon as Christmas is over the children start the countdown to the visit from the Easter bunny. It’s a tradition that began for me as a child, when apparently I came home from school full of excitement and expectations about the Easter bunny. And my lovely mum devotedly continued to uphold this well into our teenage years!

Now that I am mummy to four children I love carrying on this tradition for them. It’s become a carefully planned operation which involves a very dedicated hubby setting the alarm to get up at the crack of dawn in order to ensure that the eggs are well hidden before the children wake. The children, of course wake shortly after, throw on their dressing gowns and set off into the garden to explore the well tested hiding spaces (under the slide-check, shed window sill- check, peg bag-check!) When we lived in Southend they collected their goodies in seaside buckets but over the last couple of the years the buckets have deteriorated and last year we resorted to carrier bags. So I have decided to organise myself this year and put my crochet skills to use..

Here’s my pattern for an Easter basket. Even if the bunny doesn’t visit your house it would make a lovely gift basket…

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Written in UK crochet terms

Materials

One ball of Sugar ‘n Cream Aran cotton yarn (I bought mine from wool warehouse) or you can use any aran weight cotton- you will need approx 100m

scraps of 4 ply yarn for flowers

4mm hook

3mm hook

ribbon

This pattern uses an amigurumi technique so I would recommend using a stitch marker to mark your first or last stitch on each round. For this technique you work in a spiral putting the first stitch of each round in the first stitch of the previous round, there is no need to secure each round with a slip stitch.

Crochet Easter Basket

Use the Sugar ‘n Cream yarn and 4mm hook.

Make a magic ring (make a loop of yarn, put hook through and pull a loop yarn through the ring, make one chain to secure). Or if you prefer you can make a ring by making 6 chains and slip stitching into the first chain.

Round 1          Make 6 dc into the ring

Round 2          2 dc into every stitch around (12 dc)

Round 3         *1 dc in the next stitch, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (18)

Round 4         *1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (24)

Round 5         *1 dc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (30)

Round 6         *1 dc in each of the next 4 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (36)

Round 7         *1 dc in each of the next 5 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (42)

Round 8         *1 dc in each of the next 6 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (48)

Round 9         *1 dc in each of the next 7 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (54)

Round 10       *1 dc in each of the next 8 stitches, 2 dc in the following stitch**, repeat from * to ** all the way around (60)

Round 11         Make 1 dc into the front loop only of each stitch (60)

Round 12         Make 1 dc into every stitch around (60)

Round 13-20  Repeat round 12 (60)

Round 21         *dc, ch1, skip 1 dc from previous round, dc into next dc* repeat from * to**all the way around (30 dc and 30 chain 1 spaces making spaces to thread the ribbon through)

Round 22        *dc into the dc from previous round, dc into ch 1 space** repeat from * to ** all the way around (60 dc)

Round 23         dc into every stitch around (60)

Round 24         *dc into first stitch, 2 dc into next**, repeat from * to ** all the way around

Fasten off and weave in ends

To make the handle (this is worked in rows then sewn onto the basket)

Ch 36

Row 1                  dc into second chain from the hook and every stitch along

Row 2                 ch 1, dc into every stitch along

Row 3&4            repeat row 2

Fasten off and use tails to sew the handle onto the basket

Weave ribbon through the spaces left in round 21, tie a bow

Flowers

Use the 3 mm hook and scraps of 4 ply yarn.

In centre colour make a magic circle (or chain 2 and work into second chain from the hook)

Round 1          Make 10 dc in the ring, fasten off

Round 2          Join new colour in any dc, *ch 1, in next dc make 1 tr, 2 dtr, 1 tr,ch 1,then sl st in next dc** repeat from * to ** 4 more times to make 5 petals

Leaves

Use the 3 mm hook and scraps of 4 ply yarn

Chain 7, make a dc in second chain from hook, 1 htr in next chain, 1 tr in next, 1 tr in next, htr in next, dc in last, turn work upside down and work into the bottom of the stitches in the following sequence- dc, htr, 2 tr, htr, dc so that stitches are mirrored.

Make as many flowers and leaves as you like and attach to basket by sewing on with the tails.

As you can see I also embroidered my daughter’s name on. My other daughter has already requested a turquoise one which I can’t wait to make, and then I’ll have a little think about a more boyish one.. Maybe one with bunny ears!

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I hope you enjoy making your Easter baskets- let me know how you get on!

Sam x

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