Crocheting baskets requires use of sturdy textiles and tight stitches so they can be shaped and manipulated to hold things. Crocheted Easter baskets have the additional requirements of being festive, inviting and childproof. Materials for crocheted Easter baskets can range from strips of cheery fabric to twine, colourful pipe cleaner or natural fibres. With some practice, crocheting with firm materials results in sculpted treasures that will hold Easter treats for years to come.
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Things you need
- Sturdy textile
- Crochet hook
- Scissors or wire cutters
- Pattern book (optional)
- Embellishments (optional)
Choose and prepare your textile. Look for materials that are bright pastel colours. Pink, lavender, sky blue and mint green all work well for Easter. If you are using fabric, cut it into strips wide enough to fold in rough edges as you work. If you are working with plant material, like raffia, be sure to appropriately prepare it beforehand.
Make the bottom of your basket by crocheting a flat motif. Single crochet will create a firm fabric. Your foundation can be any shape you choose. Keep your work flat, and continue adding rounds until it is the desired size. Do not finish off.
Begin the sides of the Easter basket. Working in the front loops only of your prepared bottom, and add a row of single crochet around its edge joining with a slip stitch upon completion. Chain one.
Work in a spiral to complete sides. Single crochet through both loops of each stitch until your basket is the desired height. Do not finish off. Switch colours periodically to create stripes or other designs, if desired.
Add a handle to your Easter basket. Chain three, and double crochet in the next one or two stitches, according to the width you want to make your handle. Chain three, turn, double crochet in next double crochet and in top of first chain three. Repeat until handle is appropriate length and can be attached to opposite side of basket, securing it with slip stitches. Finish off, and tie in any loose ends.
Add embellishments and decorative touches as desired. Tie satin ribbons in complementary colours on each side of the handle or whipstitched around the rim of the basket and edges of the handle in a contrasting material. Crochet small carrot, bunny, egg or cross motifs to applique onto the basket. Don't forget to fill the basket with Easter grass and plenty of eggs and treats.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure your supplies work well together. Fabric strips are worked more easily with an oversized crochet hook. Utility scissors may be needed to cut twine and plant material, while wire cutters might be preferred to cut pipe cleaner.
- Single crochet is relatively easy to do regardless of the materials you use. It is also easier to take out if you make a mistake.
- Test working with materials prior to beginning your Easter basket. Materials need to be sturdy, but also flexible enough to stitch and manoeuvre with a crochet hook.
- Have fun selecting your materials. Tall grasses and plants have been woven together to make baskets for centuries. If you can manipulate these things with a crochet hook, there is no reason not to use them when making your Easter basket.
- Keep stitch selection simple for best results, especially when working with unusual textiles.
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