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Easter basket with tapestry technique

It’s time to prepare your Easter decorations! Today I have a somewhat challenging pattern for you to make. The stitches are fairly straightforward, but the tapestry technique can be difficult. But not to worry, I will explain how it works.

And as an extra feature, you can make this basket any size you want or need! Instructions to alter the size are at the bottom of the pattern.

Have fun making this tapestry Easter basket!

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Here’s a list of what you need:

  • 1 skein of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran coffee bean
  • 1 skein of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran lime green
  • 1 skein of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran rose red
  • 1 skein of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran dolphin blue
  • 1 skein of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran mustard yellow
  • 2 skeins of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran light caramel
  • Crochet hook size 4 mm (G)
  • Scissors
  • Needle

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To start the Easter basket we first need to crochet the bottom. Start with dark brown and make sure your stitches are tight. If you see holes in your work, go down a hook size.

  1. Magic circle, 6 sc in circle (6)
  2. 2 sc in each stitch (12)
  3. (1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next *this is an increase*) x 6 (18)
  4. (1 sc in next 2 stitches, increase) x 6 (24)
  5. (1 sc in next 3 stitches, increase) x 6 (30)
  6. (1 sc in next 4 stitches, increase) x 6 (36)
  7. (1 sc in next 5 stitches, increase) x 6 (42)
  8. (1 sc in next 6 stitches, increase) x 6 (48)
  9. (1 sc in next 7 stitches, increase) x 6 (54)
  10. (1 sc in next 8 stitches, increase) x 6 (60)
  11. (1 sc in next 9 stitches, increase) x 6 (66)
  12. (1 HDC in next 10 stitches, 2 HDC in next) x 6 (72)
  13. 1 bpsc in each stitch (back post single crochet = insert your hook from back to front around the post of the indicated stitch and make an sc.) (72)

The bottom circle is ready. Let’s get to the fun part!

From now on, the stitches in each row are the same. You make 1 sc in the back loop of each stitch. Do not join at the end of each row, you’ll crochet in a continuous spiral. Use the chart below for the color changes. For an explanation about the chart scroll down to the end of the pattern or click here.

When you are done with the chart, fold the top inwards on row 13 of the chart. The blue part will be the inside of the basket.

And now for the finishing touches: the handle and bows!

  1. Start with yellow for the bow and ch 9
  2. Turn, 1 sc in each stitch, ch 1 (8)
  3. Repeat row 2 until you have 12 rows of sc
  4. Fold the top of your rectangle to line up with the bottom and sew all sides together
  5. Take a long string of yellow yarn and wrap it tightly around the middle of your rectangle
  6. Make another bow

For the handle you need 4 armlengths of yellow yarn. Make a small knot at the start so your stitches won’t slide off. Now you make as many sc around the strings of yarn. Make sure they are tight and very close together. When your handle is long enough, start twisting the string of yarn. Your sc stitches will twist with it and give it a nice curly look.

Now sew the handle and bows to your basket and you’re done!

How to use the color chart

You start at the bottom right and work your way to the top left. In this chart, the rows are horizontal.

For example: you start the first row at the bottom. This means you need to make a row of brown sc. The second row is just green sc.

The third row gets a little more interesting. Now you need to make 5 sc in light caramel, followed by 1 stitch in green. Then you need 7 sc in light caramel and another green sc. Keep repeating the stitches between the black lines (repeat pattern).

How does the tapestry technique work?

The tapestry crochet technique means you’ll have to carry the yarn of the unused color under your stitches.

For example: in row three you need 2 colors, green and caramel. When you make the green stitches, make sure you sc around the caramel yarn as well. See pictures below. If done correctly, you hardly see the carried yarn on the front AND back of your work.

Go under the carried yarn to pull up a loop, and finish your sc above the carried yarn to enclose it in your stitch.
You can see the carried yarn coming out of the stitches you made.

How to change colors correctly

To change a color in sc: insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop with color 1. Change your working yarn to color 2, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook. See pictures below.

Insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop with color 1.
Change your working yarn to color 2, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook.

How to make a bigger or smaller basket with the same pattern

The chart is a repeat of 8 stitches. This means your number of stitches at the end of round 13 must be a multiple of 8. In the first 12 rounds you increase by 6 stitches each round. That means the smallest possible basket would be 24 stitches wide, because 24 can be divided by 6 and 8. Other examples are: 48, 72, 96, 120, 144, 168 and so on.

To get the desired stitch count, you keep going with the increases from round 1 – 12. Each round you add 6 more stitches. For example: to get 120 stitches, you need to make a total of 20 rounds with increases. To get 144 stitches, you’ll need 24 rounds with increases.

Just make sure your last round of increases is crocheted with HDC instead of SC.


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That’s it! You made it to the end. I hope you had lots of fun making this basket for Easter!

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