I have been working very hard on a couple of crocheted Easter Basket patterns after not being able to find one online that struck my fancy. This Shelled Easter Basket is the second of the two that I made and wanted to make it more of a girls' style basket. This one that I've made is for my little girl, and I wanted her to be able to use this basket as a little carrying bag even after Easter because she loves purses. This is the reason for the button and loop that I added to the bag. You can of course do the same or not do the same. If you decide to make one of your own, I would love to see the finished product.
Be sure to check out my post 15 Cutest FREE Crochet Easter Basket Patterns.
This is an original pattern of mine, and any items made from this pattern you are free to sale, however, please do NOT sale my pattern, or repost it anywhere on your site. I ask that if you share about the pattern, please link back here to the actual pattern as a courtesy.
- (Ch) Chain
- (SC) Single Crochet
- (HDC) Half Double Crochet
- (DC) Double Crochet
- (Sl St) Slip Stitch
- Worsted Weight yarn like Red Heart, works great for this because it makes it a little more shapely. I used 3 colors, a pretty purple, sage, and a cream color.
- G Hook
- Large Eye Embroidery Needle
Crochet Pattern: Shelled Easter Basket
NOTE: In the base portion of the pattern, I will at some point use the word cluster and corner:
- *Cluster - 3hdc group,
- *Corner - ( 3hdc, ch3, 3 hdc) in same space consists of corner.
Ch 18 - 3 hdc in 4th chain from hook. (Skip 2 ch, 3 hdc in next ch) 4 times - 1 hdc in last ch, ch2
Round 1: (2 hdc, ch3, 3 hdc, ch3, 3 hdc) all in same ch3 space. (3hdc, ch3, 3hdc) in each of next 4 spaces. (3hdc, ch3, 3 hdc, ch3, 3 hdc) all in next space. 3 hdc in each of next 4 spaces. Join to top of beginning ch2. - 14 clusters
Round 2: Sl St in 1st 2 st and into corner space. (Ch2, 2 hdc, ch3, 3 hdc) all in same space (1st corner made). Work *corner in next corner space. 3 hdc in each of next 5 spaces, work corner into next 2 corner spaces. 3 hdc in each of last 5 spaces. Join to top of beginning ch2. - 4 corners, 10 clusters
Round 3: Sl St in first 2 st and into corner space. Ch2, (2hdc, ch3, 3hdc) into same space. 3 hdc in next space, work corner in next space. 3 hdc in each of next 6 spaces, work corner, 3 hdc in next space, work corner, 3 hdc in last 6 spaces and join. - 4 corners, 14 clusters
Round 4: Sl St in first 2 st and into corner. ch2, (2 hdc, ch3, 3 hdc) all in same space. 3 hdc in next 2 spaces. Work corner, 3 hdc in next 7 spaces. Corner, 3 hdc in next 2 spaces, corner, 3 hdc in last 7 spaces and join. - 4 corners, 18 clusters.
Round 5: Sl St in first 2 st and corner space. Ch2, (2hdc, ch3, 3 hdc) all in same space. 3 hdc in next 3 spaces. Work next corner, 3 hdc in next 8 spaces, corner, 3 hdc in next 3 spaces, corner, 3 hdc in last 8 spaces. Join - 4 corners, 22 clusters
Round 6: Sl St in first 2 st and into corner space. Ch2, (2hdc, ch3, 3 hdc) in same space. 3 hdc in next 4 spaces, work corner. 3 hdc in next 9 spaces, corner, 3 hdc in next 4 spaces, corner, 3 hdc in last 9 spaces. Join - 4 corners, 26 clusters
Round 7: Ch1, sc around in each st working 4sc in each corner space. Join to beg sc. Do not finish off. Base complete
NOTE: In this portion of the pattern, you will see cluster and shell:
- *Cluster = (YO)Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch. *Yo, pull through st, yo, pull through first 2 loops (without finishing the dc)* 7 times. YO and pull through all 8 loops on hook.
- *Shell = 7 dc in same stitch (this will be worked into the loop formed on the top of each cluster
Round 8: sc in same stitch, sk 2, Work shell into next stitch (first shell made). skip 3, sc in next st, sk 2, shell in next, sk 3, sc in next, sk 2, shell in next, sk 2, sc in next, sk2, shell in next, skip 2, sc in next, sk2, shell in next, skip 2, sc in next, skip 2, shell in next, skip 2, sc in next, skip 2, shell in next, sk2, sc in next, sk2, shell in next, skip 3, sc in next, (skip2, shell in next, skip 2, sc in next) around remaining stitches and join to beginning. - 18 shells - Change color
Round 9: slip stitch to the 4th dc, ch1, sc in same stitch, *ch3, work 1 cluster over next 7 stitches, ch3, sc in the next stitch. Repeat from * to end. Join to first sc.
Round 10: Ch1, sc in same stitch, *sk 3 ch, work 7 dc into the loop which closed the next cluster, sk 3, sc in next sc. Repeat from *till end. - change color
Round 11: Sl st to the 4th dc, ch1, sc in same stitch, *ch3, work cluster over next 7 stitches, ch3, sc in next stitch. Repeat from * to end. Join to first sc.
Repeat rounds 10 and 11 until you get the desired height on your basket.
Edging - Sc in each stitch around and finish off.
You can make the handle as long of short as you like, I made mine the length of 13 wheels
6 dc in 4th chain from hook - first shell. Skip 2, sl stitch in next. Sk2, 7 dc in next st. *skip 2, sl stitch in next, skip 2, 7 dc in next* 10 times. Sk 2, sl stitch in next, sk 2, 14 dc in last stitch working around to other side. - *sk 2, sl stitch in next, sk 2, 7 dc in next* repeat to end and sl stitch to beginning chain 3.
I went around one more time for each of the other 2 colors using sc around to edge the handle and finished off.
With embroidery needle, attach the handle to inside of the basket.
Easter Basket Fillers
Pam Janssen on March 10, 2015:
I am totally lost on the base. It says in round 1 to work in the first ch 3 space, but I don't have any ch 3 spaces. Did I miss something in the first part? Please help. I want to make this for my granddaughter who lives in TX and I need to get it done so I can ship it.
Country Cropper on February 22, 2015:
I love how this basket looks, but I am having trouble with the base of it. I have started over 4 time now and it still looks wonky. Could you provide a picture of the base so I can try to figure out what I am doing wrong. It would be greatly appreciated. I am nothing if not determined:)
jordanshep on January 30, 2015:
How much of each color do you think you used? I have skeins in several colors I'd like to use up.
Cindy Siegler from Humboldt, Tennessee on January 28, 2015:
I am lost. I am trying to find the chain 3 space that she is talking about between the base and the first row?????
dottymcd on January 27, 2015:
I got it now... lol
dottymcd on January 27, 2015:
I am having problems with this pattern...in the chain round you only have 5 spaces but round 1 you are using 9 spaces????
Amy D. (author) from Mostly in My Own Little World on March 08, 2013:
Thank you Wonder Wool. I really like the way it turned out. Thanks for stopping by.
Priyanka Estambale from United States on March 08, 2013:
This is such a pretty basket. I loved it :)
Amy D. (author) from Mostly in My Own Little World on March 07, 2013:
Absolutely you would have time :). This one really only takes an afternoon. Thanks for stopping by.
Lee Tea from Erie, PA on March 07, 2013:
Thanks for the detailed info! Both of my girls' baskets fell apart after last year - wonder if I have time to bang out 2 of them before Easter...???