I have so many crochet projects in the works right now, but I found myself with a little bit of time and no desire to count stitches or follow a pattern closely, so I modified a pattern that I’ve been admiring for some time. I wanted a basket to store toys in, but this could also be used for yarn or any other items you like.
This pattern is based heavily on the adorable Honeycomb Pop Basket by www.makemydaycreative.com. If you’d like to make her original version with a handle and honeycombed bobble stitch version (hers is called a pop stitch which puts more base color around the bobbles to make them stand out more) visit her site where the pattern is available for free in US and UK versions. I would have just linked to her directions, but I made too many changes to just make notations.
What I love about the pattern is that it’s mostly a no-count pattern. Just keep repeating two rows to complete it and those rows are no-count because you can see the pattern from the row below. There’s nothing more relaxing than crocheting without the fuss.
Storage Basket Crochet Pattern
- Crochet Hook Size N (9 mm)
- Yarn Weight: 4 Medium, Worsted Weight
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
NOTE: I used Bernat Waverly yarns which have been discontinued by the manufacturer. You can still find some of the colors available on Amazon.com and eBay, but they’re getting harder to find. I used 1 skein each of Waverly Yarn – in Stone Brown, Porcelain Red, Beautiful Blue, Willow, Curry, and Buttermilk – remnants and full skeins left over from this project – Free Pattern: Fast and Easy Crochet Throw (2 Stripe Options)
Storage Basket Crochet Pattern Stitches
Bobble Stitch: dc5tog – *Yarn over hook (yo), insert st, draw up a loop, yo, pull through two loops, repeat from * 4 more times until there are 6 loops on the hook, yarn over, draw through all 6 loops, yo and draw through to secure the bobble.
PFdc- front post double crochet – double crochet is worked two rows down from current row (base color). YO, insert hook around the post stitch two rows below, yo, draw up a loop, yo draw through two loops, yo.
Storage Basket Crochet Pattern Directions
Using 3 strands of yarn, the basket is worked in the round from the center of the base out and then up the sides. Work with the strands taut for a basket that will stand up.
Rnd 1: Magic ring, ch 2 (counts as dc), 11dc in circle, SL st in beg ch, pull circle closed (12)
Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, 2dc in each st, SL st in beg ch (24)
Rnd 3: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, [dc, 2dc in next st] Repeat 10 times, dc, SL st in beg ch (36)
Rnd 4: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, increase [dc, dc, 2dc] 10 times, dc, dc, SL st in beg ch (48)
Rnd 5: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, increase [dc, dc, dc, 2dc] 10 times, dc, dc, dc, SL st in beg ch (60)
Rnd 6: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, increase [dc, dc dc, dc, 2dc] 10 times, dc, dc, dc, dc, SL st in beg ch (72)
Rnd 7: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, increase [dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 2dc] 10 times, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, SL st in beg ch (84)
Rnd 8: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, increase [dc, dc, dc dc, dc, dc, 2dc] 10 times, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, SL st in beg ch (96)
Rnd 9: Ch1, in bl only, sc in every st, SL st in beg ch [96sts]
Rnd 10 (Even): Switch to first bobble color. ch1, [sc in each of next 3 sts, bobble stitch (see above)] to end, join with a Sl-st, tie off [96sts]
Rnd 11 (Odd): Switch to the base color, sc join in the stitch to the right of any bobble. Sc in the top of bobble, sc in stitch to the left of bobble (3 sc), FPdc (see above) creating a vertical stitch, [3 sc (sc, sc, sc) FPdc] , join with a Sl-st, tie off.
Repeat rows 10 and 11 changing colors of the bobbles on even rows and back to base color on odd rows.
Rim 1: Once you’ve reached your desired height, ending with an odd row (base color), ch 1, sc in BL only to end, join with Sl-st. (96)
Rim 2: ch 1, sc in BL only in repeats of 10, sctog stitches 9 and 10 of each repeat to reduce the number of stitches.
Finishing: with needle, fold over the rim and hand stitch it to the horizontal stitches of the last bobble row.
I’ll be using my completed bobble basket to hold some woodland creatures, but it’s also the perfect size to hold yarn. I was going for a stump-like look with a little bit of fun. I think I achieved it, and it’s the perfect soft storage bin that any infant will be enthralled with, making the container as much fun as the toys within!
This same yarn can be found in our Free Pattern: Fast and Easy Crochet Throw (2 Stripe Options)