I’m hosting an impromptu Easter dinner this year and wanted to add a little something to the table setting. But time is limited, so I came up with this very cute, simple and QUICK little Easter basket that will be perfect as a place card, dessert item or a take home favor/treat gift.
Round 1: Complete a “magic loop” technique making 12 DC inside your loop. Join with a SL stitch to the beginning 2nd chain you made before making all your DC’s inside the magic loop. If you do not make a beginning chain, SL join in your 1st DC.
Round 2: Chain 3 – (Counts as 1st DC if you didn’t do a beginning chain within your magic loop). Complete one more DC in that same stitch. Continue around circle making 2 DC inside each stitch for a total of 24 DC stitches.
If you did make beginning 2 chains, then you will NOT count your chains as a DC. Complete 2 DC in each of your 12 beginning DC for a double circle increase to 24 stitches. Join with a SL stitch into beginning top of chain 3. Bottom of basket completed~~no more increases.
Round 3: Chain 2 – In next stitch, make 1 HDC and continue making 1 HDC in each stitch around for a total of 24 HDC. Join with SL stitch in top of chain 2. This will give you a more rounded bottom. My picture shows a rounded bottom.
If you want a flat bottom, make your 24 HDC in the BLO (back loop only) for this round. After making your 24 HDC in the BLO, join with SL stitch to top of chain 2.
Round 4: Chain 1 (might want to place a stitch marker (sm) in this chain for ease of seeing where to join. Complete 24 SC stitches around. Join with SL stitch into chain 1.
Round 6 Finished edge: Chain 1 and now complete 24 Reverse Single Crochet (Rev SC) stitches along the upper edge. I just talked about how to do the Rev SC on a sweet toddler hat but I was using a category 2 yarn and could make the stitch with a little twist to give a fun bump to the finished edge. Because you are working with such a thick combo of two yarns, I eliminated the twisting portion when making my edge stitch. Here is a great link: www.planetjune.com/rsc to see how to do another version of the reverse single crochet without the twist effect. Second picture shows where I placed my last Reverse Single Crochet stitch.
Finishing: I pulled my double stranded loop through my stitches to the inside of the basket and then inserted by cut yarn through a large darning needle. Weave your double strands of yarn in and out and back and forth through several stitches to secure your yarn. I pulled the “magic loop” threads tight in bottom center and made a square knot (right over left and left over right) to securely hold all stitches in place. I don’t mind knotting my yarn ends this way for something like this. You will never see the knots. Then you can weave your thread ends.
Add a little Easter grass to your basket and fill it with jelly beans, robin egg candies, marshmallow peeps (my favorite) or put your guests’ name on an egg and place the egg in the basket for a one-of-a-kind name card.
You could always add buttons and bows to the basket too. Hope you enjoy making these little baskets as much as I have.