Toadstool and fairy lovers… this basket crochet pattern is a must make for you. I just love how cute and useful it is!
This super cute basket idea took a long time to materialise into pattern form. I made a version a few years ago, but wasn’t keen on the yarn choice, it was too tough to work with and so I redesigned it using t-shirt yarn instead.
For me, baskets have to be sturdy. This is especially important for baskets with lids. For this Toadstool design, I felt it needed some sturdiness to support the weight of the lid. T-shirt yarn combined with a sturdy stitch was perfect for this.
I chose the beautiful knit stitch to create a lovely looking, firm basket.. This pattern is a great introduction to knit stitch, also known as waistcoat stitch, split single crochet and center single crochet and includes a photo tutorial for invisibly joining knit stitch.
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I initially made this design as a Toadstool Basket, without being a Fairy House too and it makes a very lovely basket. I added the Fairy House as a super cute optional extra in the pattern, so that you have the choice.
I chose the original T-shirt yarn Hoooked Zpagetti in gorgeous red and off-white. There are many different brands of t-shirt yarn available so it should be easily obtainable.
Skill Level INTERMEDIATE
Working with T-shirt yarn can be more challenging than standard yarns. The pattern uses a range of stitches and a number of ‘invisible’ joins. Photos are included to assist.
Hoooked Zpagetti T-shirt, super bulky weight #6 yarn (90% cotton, 10% other fibers; 131 yds/120 m per 8.8 oz/850 g skein)
• 1 skein Off-White (A)
• 1 skein Red (B)
1 skein of each colour will make 2 baskets
Substitute with super bulky weight #6 yarn or hold 2 strands Aran/Worsted weight cotton together (please note this will result in a smaller, less firm basket than t-shirt yarn).
Hoooked Soft Cotton, DK weight #3 yarn (80% cotton, 20% other fibers; 93 yds/85 m per 1.8 oz/50 g skein)
• 1 skein White (C)
• Scrap Yellow (D)
• 1 skein Brown (E)
Similar #6 and #3 weight yarns may be substituted; please check gauge.
Hook & Other Materials
US Size K/L (7mm) crochet hook
US Size G-6 (4mm) crochet hook
Big Eye Yarn needle
Sharp scissors – these rose gold ones are sooo pretty!
Stitch Markers – locking ones are the best and the only ones I use.
1 x 10mm button (Optional for Fairy Door)
Pattern is written in both US and UK crochet terminology (both PDFs are included).
Finished Toadstool Basket: 7” (17.8cm) diameter x 7“ (17.8cm) height
While you are here why not check out my other crochet patterns, I have lots more that I’m sure you’d love too.
The pattern was first published in Happily Hooked Magazine.
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