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This Mini Easter Basket is a free crochet pattern. The Turkish Star Stitch makes the basket sturdy and perfect for kids to collect their Easter eggs.
You and the other kids stand on the edge of grass outside an imaginary boundary, impatiently bouncing from foot to foot. The weather thankfully decided to warm up enough for outdoor festivities. You feel the sun beating down on your skin as a steady breeze blows.
On this, the second most important candy holiday of the year, you anxiously survey your immediate surroundings. It’s your prime objective to find and collect as many eggs as humanly possible. It makes the most logical sense to get the closest ones first and spread out from there.
You spot a small pink egg peeking out from between the branches of a pine tree near you. Another light blue egg is nestled on the opposite side of the tree under some needles. As you look, more eggs become apparent. However, your gaze soon lands across the field, and you see your competition – that kid that lives a few houses down the street. Clearly, he has the same idea as you.
It’s going to be tight, but you feel confident that you can pull it off no sweat. As the timer ticks down to when the starting whistle will blow, you crouch and adjust your grip on the basket, certain that this will be the best Easter Egg Hunt ever!
Now you too can have the perfect basket for egg hunting, church, social events, or whatever inspires you next Easter.
With Easter just around the corner, it is time to prepare some decorations for it. I always liked to have lots of baskets, from small to large, around my home and not just during the Easter season.
Easter reminds me of light green-colored decoration with bold or pastel-colored highlights. The trees and bushes are starting to bloom all around, and you get the feeling of a new awaking after a deep cold winter with snow and rain.
It also reminds me of long family hikes back in Germany. I never liked them when I was younger, especially when I was a teen, but now I miss them and wished I could do that more often. Do you know what I mean?
A few years ago, when I came across the Turkish Star Stitch, I knew I had to crochet a Mini Easter basket as it created all these feelings for me once again. Also, the diagonal that the stitch is creating plus the green yarn reminds me of the forest and all the trees I used to hike through. It is easy and fast to make. And, of course, super cute and beautiful all at the same time.
If you have never done the Turkish Star Stitch, then I have a video tutorial below. Click HERE if you need a picture and a video tutorial.
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So, let me know tell and show you how to make this super cute Mini Easter Basket.
How to Crochet the Mini Easter Basket
You will need:
- Bernat Satin yarn in Soft Fern
- Bernat Satin yarn in Fern
- 5.0mm hook
- yarn needle
- plastic canvas
- stitch marker
2 Turkish star stitches plus the space in between x 4 rows =1 square inch
Stitches used (US Terms):
- hdc – half double crochet
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- Turkish star stitch
You will be working on the bottom of the basket first, then you will be working your way upwards.
Start with the Fern yarn, use a stitch marker
Ch 13, 2 hdc in the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 hdc in the next 10 chs, 3 hdc in the last ch, (now you will work on the other side of the chain, working yourself backwards, so it is a round) 1 hdc in the next 10 chs, 1 hdc in the first ch (where you place the 2hdc in the beginning), do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round
place 2 hdc each in of the next 2 sts, place 1 hdc in the next 10 sts, place 2 hdc each in the next 3 sts, place 1 hdc in the next 10 sts, place 2 hdc in the next st, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round
2 hdc, 1 hdc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc, place 1 hdc in the next 10 sts, [2 hdc, 1 hdc] 3 times, place 1 hdc in the next 10 sts, 2 hdc, 1 hdc, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round
Stop here and place your bottom on a plastic canvas, draw around it to know how large your insert for the bottom needs to be and cut it out. This plastic canvas will stabilize the bottom when carrying something inside the basket.
You will now start working upwards, so in this first round of working (round 4) your way upwards, work only in the back loops.
place *2 sc in BLO only in the next st, sk the next st, continue from * all around
drop (do not cut) the fern yarn and pick up the soft fern yarn during the last st in round 4; now start crocheting the Turkish Star stitch
drop (do not cut) the soft fern yarn and pick up the fern yarn during the last st in round 5, continue with the Turkish Star stitch
repeat rounds 5 and 6
Round 26: do the Turkish Star Stitch with both colors at the same time one full round until you reach the edge of where the rounded corner of the basket starts, as you will now work on the strap going over the basket
Working on the strap:
Row 1: crochet 5 sc in the next 5 sts, ch 1, turn
Row 2-34: 5 sc, ch 1, turn
Feel free to make the strap shorter or longer if you like.
Slip st the strap exactly to the opposite side of the basket.
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Insert the plastic canvas and start using your basket.
Pictures of basket from different angles:
Below, you can watch a video on how to create this stitch from the beginning.
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