Crochet

Crochet Watermelon Toy Basket/ Multipurpose Basket

A toy basket has been on my to do list for months now. I didn’t know where to start but after completing the Teacher Appreciation Crochet Pencil/Pen Caddy, I figured that it can’t be much harder. I had to do a few trial sections but finally the pattern was coming together just as I wanted. I played with color to create this watermelon design and incorporated clear cables from the ends of my Tunisian crochet hooks in different areas to help my basket keep it’s shape. Another great option if you do not have cables, is to use a double strand of the yarn.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out and now my little one can sit and pull the toy out the basket that she desires without creating too much mess. The basket is 7 in high, the diameter of the base is 11 in and the space between the handles is 4 in. It can hold 12-16 small toys. I plan to use it when we travel, instead of trying to stuff all her toys in the diaper bag.

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Materials: 

8.0 mm Boye Crochet hook

6 yards of Clear cable

Lion brand Hometown USA yarn in the colors Key Lime, New Orleans French Berry, and Oakland Black

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Watermelon Toy Basket Pattern

Round 1: Make a magic loop and crochet 10 SC around the loop. Place a stitch marker in the first SC of the round.

Round 2: SL ST to join. CH 1. Work two SC in each SC around. (20 SC total)

Round 3: SL ST to join. CH 1. Work 2 SC in the first SC space then 1 SC in the next space. Continue repeating until you reach the CH 1 of the round. (30 SC total)

Round 4: SL ST to join. CH 1. Work 2 SC in the first SC space then 1 SC in the next two spaces. Continue repeating until you reach the CH 1 of the round. (40 SC total)

Round 5: SL ST to join. CH 1. Work 2 SC in the first SC space then 1 SC in the next three spaces. Continue repeating until you reach the first SC of the previous CH 1 of the round. (50 SC total)

Round 6: SL ST to join. CH 1. Work 2 SC in the first SC space then 1 SC in the next four spaces. Continue repeating until you reach the CH 1 of the round. (60 SC total)

Round 7: SL ST to join. CH 1. Work 2 SC in the first SC space then 1 SC in the next five spaces. Continue repeating until you reach the CH 1 of the round. (70 SC total)

Round 8: SL ST to join. CH 1. Work 2 SC in the first SC space then 1 SC in the next six spaces. Continue repeating until you reach the CH 1 of the round. (80 SC total)

We will now work in the round to avoid a seam. Use the stitch marker to mark the first SC of each round to help keep track of where your rounds begin and end.

Continue working 1 SC for each space for 13 additional rounds.

The first 4 rounds should be done with plastic cable to achieve a more study base.

Change colors

The next 5 rounds should be completed with the plastic cable method.

Section off where the handles will be. I sectioned off 10 SC on each side.

The next round you will SC around again but skipping the 10 SC spaces and CH 14. SC around and do the same thing for the next sectioned off space.

The next two round you will SC into the SC spaces including the handle. Feel free to use a cable for these rounds for a sturdier handle.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Threat black yarn in the front or all the way around the pink area to create the seed effect.

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If you want your basket to be less wide, stop increasing after you reach your desired diameter. You can also choose to go without a handle. This basket can also be used for many different things including magazines, office supplies, or kids art supplies. If you make the basket without the handle, you can make a top, using the same starting rounds that you did for the base except using the cord for all cords, and you have yourself a little crochet jar that can hold snacks.

As always, if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to reach out!

Happy crocheting!

Love,

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