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Beginner Chunky Round Crochet Basket Pattern

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The way I see it, the more baskets you MAKE, the more WIPs you can put in those baskets. Sound logic, eh? Use this free round crochet basket pattern to make more lovely places to house those projects.

Whether you’re an impulse maker or like to plan your projects, the Starlight Basket is here to hold them. It’s just big enough for small accessories, holding yarn to display, or make a few baskets and pack them with at-home spa items for a thoughtful gift. Keep scrolling for the free pattern and helpful tutorial video for this cute round crochet basket.

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Crochet a Chunky Round Crochet Basket

The Starlight Basket is inspired by one of my favorite patterns, the Jessie Stash Basket. These two patterns share many similarities – they both use 2 strands of yarn to make a chunky basket, they both use the gorgeous waistcoat stitch for textured details, and they both have two handles to keep your WIPs portable.

The key difference between these pieces is the shape. The Jessie Stash Basket is large and rectangular, while the Starlight Basket is petite and round. I like the smaller size for smaller projects, and it doesn’t take up quite so much space on the shelf.

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Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick was an obvious choice for this project. The super bulky wool-blend yarn makes this basket sturdy enough to stand up but soft enough to hold both handles. Add a 9mm crochet hook, scissors, and a stitch marker, and you’re ready to make a round crochet basket!

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Starlight Basket Details

MATERIALS

FINISHED SIZE

10.5″ diameter x 7″ tall

ABBREVIATIONS

BLO = back loop only

Blp = back loop

Ch = chain

Ch-sp = chain space

Hdc = half double crochet

Lp = loop

MR = magic ring (learn to do it HERE)

Sc = single crochet

Sk = skip

Sl st = slip stitch

St(s) = stitch(es)

Wcs = waistcoat stitch (see Special Stitch)

SPECIAL STITCH

Waistcoat Stitch (wcs):  insert hook into the center of the “v” of the stitch one row below, pushing hook to the backside of the work, yarn over, pull up a tall loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

PATTERN NOTE

Parts of this pattern are written in crochet shorthand. For example, “hdc 2” means to half double crochet once in each of the next 2 stitches, while “2hdc” means to place 2 half double crochet stitches in the next stitch (increase made).

Need a little help making your Starlight Basket? Use this video as a guide while you’re stitching!

Starlight Basket Pattern

BASE

Hold two strands of yarn together throughout.

ROUND 1: Start a MR, 8hdc in MR, close MR (DO NOT JOIN). Place a locking stitch marker on the first stitch of the round. Move marker up each round. (8 sts)

Continue to work in a spiral throughout.

ROUND 2: 2hdc in each st around. (16 sts)

ROUND 3: 2hdc in first st, hdc 1, (2hdc, hdc 1) 7 times. (24 sts)

ROUND 4: Hdc 1, (2hdc, hdc 2) 7 times, 2hdc, hdc 1. (32 sts)  

ROUND 5: (2hdc, hdc 3) around. (40 sts)

ROUND 6: Hdc 3, (2hdc, hdc 4) 7 times, 2hdc, hdc 1. (48 sts)

SIDES

Continue to work in a spiral.

ROUND 7: Sc in blp and 3rd lp of each hdc around. Move marker to last st (this marker now indicates the last st instead of the first st of the round – continue to move marker each round). 

ROUND 8: (Wcs 1, sc BLO 1) around.

ROUNDS 9-15: Repeat Round 8.

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ROUND 16: (Wcs 1, sc BLO 1) 3 times, wcs 1, ch 9, sk 7, (wcs 1, sc BLO 1) 8 times, wcs 1, ch 9, sk 7, (wcs 1, sc BLO 1) 5 times.

ROUND 17: (Wcs 1, sc BLO 1) to st before first ch-sp, wcs 1, sc 11 in ch-sp, (wcs 1, sc BLO 1) to st before next ch-sp, wcs 1, sc 11 in ch-sp, (wcs 1, sc BLO 1) 4 times, wcs 1, sl st BLO in last st. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.


Prefer an ad-free, printable pattern? Get the Starlight Basket pattern HERE.

Thanks for joining me in making the Starlight Basket. I made a couple for myself, and I’m packing one with dog treats for my friend who just adopted a puppy!

Share your round crochet basket with me on Instagram using #StarlightBasket. Then pop over to the TLYC Makers Facebook group and share there too – we can’t wait to see it!

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Comments

  1. AvatarTay says

    Firstly, wanted to thank you for all the hard work and care you out into planning out this year’s Crochet Academy. All of us appreciate you!

    Secondly, my question is in regards to skein yardage. I had already purchased 3 skeins (each of them 94 yards) of the right type of yarn rather than 2 skeins of the 100+ yards. Would it be better to buy the 2 skeins of the 100 yards OR can I get away with finishing the 2 skeins of the 94 yards—> unwind the third one completely—> double those strands (from just the third one)—>continue from there?

    Thanks so much!

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      So glad you could join in the program 🙂 My recommendation would be to hold the yarn double by grabbing the end from the inside and the outside of the skein. That way, you’re only using one skein at a time, so you don’t have so many ends to deal with, and you’ll manage the yardage better. Let me know if that works.

  2. AvatarChiki says

    I have really enjoyed Crotchet Academy 2023. You have taught me a lot. I wish I knew about using cotton for summer items. I used Aran Acrylic to make all my summer sleeveless cardigans I only knew about red heart super saver in 2020. I thank you for the yarn substitute page and new stitches.

  3. AvatarTonya Robbins says

    Absolutely love this basket! I don’t have anything above bulky but I’m going to give it a try. And I have 2 pretty large hooks but have no idea what size they are. I think I’ll use the smallest of the 2. Hopefully it will all work out. I love the waistcoat stitch. This will be my first time using it. Keep your fingers crossed for me. LOL

    I also want to tell you how much I appreciate you for doing the Cochet Academy. Being a beginner this has helped me so much I have learned more in these last weeks that otherwise would have taken me months to learn. I love the way you teach & your voice just has that soothing effect. And you always make me feel like I can do this. Thank you so much Toni for being so giving of your time & knowledge. ❤️

  4. AvatarAudri Nieuwland says

    In the written pattern it says that Rounds 9-15: Repeat round 2. Is it suppose to be repeat round 8? From the video, that’s what it sounds like.

  5. AvatarJodie Smith says

    I love when you speed up the video. You sound so cute! I love the basket and have had the best time learning with you doing the crochet academy. Thank you for your time and expertise. I use a long piece of cotton thread to mark my stitched when I have a large-ish project. Saves me time when I move up. It is easy to pick out the thread in the end too.

  6. AvatarCynthia Hale says

    Toni, it has been a wonderful Crochet Academy this has been. I learned many new things and refreshed myself on several others. I felt pretty good about what I came into this knowing, because almost all of it was from you.

    I had previously made the Jessie Stash basket, which was my very second crochet project. My first was a thermal stitch hot pad and I had so much trouble with it. So I started looking up beginning crochet lessons and found you. After watching a few of your tutorials, I knew I was off on a new fiber art. I also weave. Anyway, I am enjoying making the Starlight basket after the JSB it is easy peasy. However, your increase rows were not the normal pattern, but yes ma’am I read through the entire pattern first and didn’t assume I knew what I was doing. As if I ever do with crocheting. lol I do think there is a mistake in the printed pattern as Audri Nieuwland pointed out.

    Thank you again for such a fun way to learn crocheting! I am looking forward to making the Kima Cardi next! Hugs

  7. AvatarClovis says

    Hi Toni, thanks for the Starlight Basket. I love mine. It is sturdy. I made a couple from different pattern, but they were not as sturdy as this one is. Will have to make some more. Thanks so much.

  8. AvatarDonna Peccari says

    Toni,
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. You’re a fantastic teacher!
    I’m running behind and just started the sides of the basket. I bought the same yarn. Your work looks so clean, yet my basket looks fuzzy. Any idea why?
    Thanks again,
    Donna

    • AvatarElizabeth Moran says

      Hi Donna,
      My guess would be that the fuzziness is coming from the way you are holding your yarn and your project. You could try and steam block your basket, that may get rid of the fuzz. Another option would be to get a sweater shaver (the electric kind), they are made for removing fuzz from sweaters. I hope these ideas help!

  9. AvatarTeya says

    Hi Toni!

    I love this pattern. It’s very easy to follow! However, I purchased the two skeins and ran out before Round 16. I used both skeins at the same time instead of using both ends of one. Do you use less yarn when only using the single skein? I’m still quite a beginner so my tension isn’t up to snuff. I don’t want to frog it, so I think I have to go out and get a third skein! 🙁

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi! Happy to help, but first, a question. This pattern only has 13 rounds. But you went to 16? The yardage in the pattern only accounts for how the pattern is originally written. Some variations of WE T&Q have less yardage than others. Pulling from two separate skeins vs from the ends of one skein shouldn’t make that much of a difference.

  10. AvatarMariko says

    I just started crocheting about a month ago and this project was really fun! Thanks so much for the video directions, I was having trouble saying waist coat stitch too haha! I did mine in mustard and normally I’m a blues and greens kind of gal but I love this basket in a yellow color. Can’t wait to follow along to more of your patterns! I was almost out of yarn so I ended up just doing a single crochet as the final round on the top but I love my basket!!!

  11. AvatarChristina says

    I just made this (started Monday, finished Tuesday) and loved it. For the base it was so clever to stagger the increases, to give it a more truly round shape. I didn’t have any Wool Ease that wasn’t project leftovers, but I did have a lot of cotton tape yarn that’s been sitting in my stash for years. I held three together, knowing it still wasn’t going to be thick enough, but that’s okay, I added a couple more rounds on the sides for height and my basket is still big enough (7 inches across) to be good for holding smaller projects, like socks or hats, and right now a cowl. Definitely going to make again! (I have even more bulky cotton sitting in my stash.)

    Thank you for the pattern!

  12. AvatarMaddie B says

    Hi! I love this pattern and I just completed my first basket. One side has 17 stitches between the handles and the other side has only 14… I Followed the video step by step! Is it supposed to finish like that? Or did I (very possibly) mess up somewhere?! Thanks in advance!!

    Thanks.

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Hi darling! I think you might have made a mistake there. There should be 17 stitches between each handle. It’s likely one of two things – too few stitches in the round or too many stitches skipped for the handles. I recommend referencing the written pattern to see where things went awry.

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