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Crocheted Wool Basket that Stands

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How to Crochet a Wool Basket

Wool baskets are gorgeous but I never made one because I dislike how they flop over.  Of course, I learned the hard way when I had bought a really perfect cloth laundry bin that matched all my little bins and was the right blue and had laundry embroidered on the front.  I loved it.  Unfortunately, it was way too soft sided to be useful.  It simply would not stand up, I eventually got fed up, tossed it and went back to old ugly plastic.

A free crochet basket pattern made with wool and stiffened to stand up nicely.
I am cleaning out my craft room and came across a whole garbage bag of unused wool, pretty ridiculous I know. Determined to use up the wool,  I decided to make some baskets and figure out a way to make them solid enough to stand and not slouch.

Here are the guidelines I used to design this basket strong enough to stand up:

Make the crochet stitches as tight as possible

Use single crochet where I can

Use heavy wool for strength

Don’t make the baskets too big

Use some sort of fabric stiffener

Give the basket a brim for strength

Free Crochet Basket Pattern

A crochet basket is quite simple to crochet and a great way to use up some leftover wool.

I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Lion Brand wool and a size 6.5 mm crochet hook.  Each basket took two skeins.

Start with a magic circle.  Then complete 6 single crochet (sc) in the circle.

row 1 – 2 sc in each stitch around (12 stitches), join with a slip stitch.

row 2 – Chain (ch) 1, 1 sc in the first stitch, then 2 sc in next stitch.  repeat this pattern around, (18 stitches) join with slip stitch.

row 3 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first two stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat this pattern around (24 stitches), join with slip stitch.

row 4 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first three stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat this pattern around (30 stitches, join with slip stitch.

row 5 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first four stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat this pattern around (36 stitches), join with slip stitch.

row 6 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first five stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat this pattern around (42 stitches), join with slip stitch

row 7 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first six stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat this pattern around (48 stitches), join with slip stitch.

I stopped here, but if you want a larger basket you can continue increasing your base size accordingly.   Now you will start making the sides

row 8 – Ch 1, 1 sc in the back loop of each stitch around (48 stitches) join with slip stitch.

row 9 – Ch 2 half double crochet (hdc) in each stitch, join with slip stitch.

row 10 – Ch 1, 1 sc in the back loop of each stitch around, join with slip stitch.

Repeat until the basket is the height you like.

Complete two more rows and tie off.

Fold the top two rows over, using a yarn needle sew the flap over to form a brim.

If you wish to add a bow, weave a double thickness of wool through the basket brim. Starting and finishing at the front of the basket. a

Crochet basket for DIY winter decor.

Sugar Starch Recipe

It would take a whole bottle of fabric stiffener to stiffen this basket.  I use commercial fabric stiffener while making formed flowers and it stiffens very well.  However, I want these baskets to be washable so I chose to stiffen them with sugar star instead.

In a small pot add 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup water.  Cook over low medium heat stirring constantly until the sugar water is clear.  Do Not Let It Boil.  Set aside to cool a bit.

Dampen your basket in water, pat out the excess, pour the lukewarm sugar over the basket and work the sugar through coating all fibers.

Place over a form and let dry.  I used an inverted bowl with a cake pan.

My basket took more than a full day to dry.  Check on your basket from time to time and rearrange parts of it if needed.

Crocheted baskets for winter decor. A large DIY crochet basket and a small DIY crochet basket.
I think these baskets are perfect for winter decor.  I am using these to store part of my wool stash but I think they would be really nice snuggled around plant pots in the winter.

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60 Comments

  1. Jann Olson says:

    Very pretty and unique! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  2. Leanna, I agree these baskets are great for winter decor. The white band is perfect. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  3. Very pretty, I like it. Now if I could only crochet I’d attempt it myself. Thanks Leanna from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIM #LinkUp #BlogParty, social media shared.
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  4. This is lovely. I love crocheting and wish I could get better at it. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  5. Leanna, I adore your wool basket! Wish I could say I was handy with a crochet hook, but alas, never got past the chain stitch! However, I have a daughter who is a natural with yarn and I know she can make me a few of these! Thanks for sharing. Pinned. I’ll be featuring your post on Saturday’s Snickerdoodle Party. Hope you can join us πŸ™‚

  6. I adore that photograph of the basket outside in the snow with the bunny, its a classic. The basket is adorable.
    Maria

  7. That’s a cute basket Leanna. Crochet is something I would like to learn how to do, but haven’t yet. I tried knitting & liked it, but found I just didn’t have time to devote to it. Now I’ve forgotten how again. Oh well. It’s great that you are using something you have made though. Makes it more special.

  8. Oh how I wish I could crochet Leanna, there are so many beautiful things to make and your baskets are definitely one of those things. Does sugar starch hold up after washing, or are there special instructions? I’ve wanted to try it for years, but never got around to it.

  9. Beautiful baskets. I wish I can crochet. #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Lorelai: I thought the wool baskets went really well as a theme to hold wool. They work will for wool as long as you sugar starch them which really isn’t too hard to do.

      Thank you for inviting me to co-host the #HomeMattersParty, I have enjoyed the experience very much.

      Leanna

  10. These baskets are awesome and so handy! Wish I knew how to crochet!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Jen: Crochet is easy to learn actually. There are lots of how to videos and these baskets only took 2 stitches and some basic pattern reading. If you ever want to give it a try email me and I will do my best to help you with it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Lucy: I enjoyed making these and I never have enough decor and storage stuff. Thank you for commenting Leanna

  11. Well you got my number. This waste not, want not blogger loves this and is a basketaholic. {heart} #homemattersparty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Deborah: The bags really cut down on food waste. I’d rather have the money to spend on craft supplies lol

      Enjoy your week. Leanna

  12. Very cute baskets and they look very cute in the snow with the bunny!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marjan: Everyone else seems to be getting a heavy cold winter all around us, but Edmonton has gotten off very lightly. I actually had to wait for a couple days to get fresh snowfall for the picture. It was worth the wait though I love how it turned out.

      I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for commenting.

  13. I’ve tried making baskets and found the same as you, if they are small and the crochet is really tight they they are ok but it is tough to make larger baskets stiffer. Your sugar idea is the same as I think my mother in law used to use for fancy fine crochets swans and the like years ago. I’l have to ask her. How clever to use it for such a modern crochet project. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by at #HandmadeMonday, it was a lovely surprise to see your beautiful baskets there.

    2. LeannaForsythe says:

      I like your link party, I found it a couple of weeks ago and will be by weekly.

      Thank you for stopping by Twice. Enjoy your week. Leanna

    3. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Julie: I remembered my grand mother always having a huge doily sugar starched and really pretty on her dining room table. The doily was solid, you had to be careful with it because hers was stiff enough it could break the crochet cotton. I eased my recipe up a bit from that. I bet your mother in law will love chatting with you about it.

  14. Leanna, I have never seen these before and they are so charming and make a home feel cozy and loved. I told my mom last weekend that I was going to pass on your collar ( I can’t recall its name) because I would like to have one. She is the crocheter extraordinare in our family.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Debbie I love that your asking her to make my cowl. You will find it warm and cuddly and I am sure she can make you one in no time. I would love to hear what colour she makes it in.

      Thanks for commenting and providing feedback. It really makes a difference to my day. Leanna

  15. I love how your crocheted wool baskets turned out! They would look cute sitting anywhere in the house and are the perfect little catch-alls. Thanks for sharing your crochet craft at the #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Nicole: As it is I am determined to use up a bunch of wool I found. So these little baskets serve two purposes. They put some wool to use and are a handy way to me to leave wool out as a prompt to use it up.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  16. Makes me wish I knew how to crochet or at least take more time to learn something new. I think they would be great for Easter baskets. Thanks for sharing them at #HomeMattersParty.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Donna: I never thought of them for Easter. You gave me an idea. You can make them out of any type of thick material. They would be so cute done in raffia. I will have to ponder that.

      Thanks for the idea. Leanna

  17. Those are really pretty and unique baskets! I love the Gray and White! Now I wish I could Crochet! Thanks for sharing! #HomeMattersParty
    Jeannee

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Jeannee: Crochet relaxes me, I typically have one crochet project at hand for the end of the day.

      The new bulk yarns are making crochet projects much faster to finish and easier to see for beginners.

      I am enjoying co-hosting the Home Matters Party with you. Have a good week.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      These were really quick to do with the new large wool Sam. I crocheted it as tightly as I could and with the stiffener they actually stand up.

      I look forward to seeing what you create

      I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Enjoy your week!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Tony: If you do decide to give it a try again. Watch a couple of stitch videos on Youtube. I think I have a couple of stitch tutorials on my crochet board in Pinterest. After one project I am sure you will be comfortable doing it again.

      Thanks for commenting, I appreciate and enjoy every one. Leanna

  18. I really really love these Leanna!!! And I would love to give crocheting a try, I did long long time ago and when I see lovely projects like yours, it makes me feel like crocheting again! I bought a crocheted basket at Ikea not too long ago and really love the look of it, although it is some kind of synthetic material, not real wool, which I’d love even more. So cute how you colour blocked it and that bunny pillow in the back of the adirondack chair is sooo cute as well!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Katrin: I haven’t been to Ikea for a few months. I have to go check it out. I would recommend using the fabric stiffener. I have seen little crocheted baskets and they are soft, I think the fabric stiffening really improved their structure.

      Our house came with a tiny yard, a deck and a patio. Those adirondack chairs are my favorite.

      Enjoy your week. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debra:

      I have a mountain of wool to use up. I will be making more of these. Glad to hear you like them. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thanks Lea

  19. Leanna you are so talented! Each post is just amazing and heart felt. I love these baskets and I think a few on Etsy would go like hotcakes for Easter.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Pam: Thank you for the kind comment. I am really proud of the picture I took outside. It felt really different hoping for snow because that never happens.

      Thank you for commenting.

  20. Very cute basket, Leanna. I might just try making one. With that chunky yarn they can’t take very long, which ups the chances I would finish it! Where do you get fabric stiffener?

    The photo with the baskets in the snow-covered chair is so cute, but is that a real rabbit posing so cooperatively? I just can’t tell for sure from the photo. If it isn’t real, it sure fooled me!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Naomi: You can purchase fabric stiffener at Michael’s in Canada and Hobby Lobby or maybe Joann’s in the USA. I recommend using the sugar starch recipe I added to the bottom of the post.

      I hope you try it. Thanks for commenting.

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