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Hand crochet a basket with optional leather handles

Cara Corey, Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer

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9 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Sample

    • 4. How to crochet rounds

    • 5. Round 2

    • 6. Rounds 3 and 4

    • 7. Finishing

    • 8. Leather handles

    • 9. Changing the size

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About This Class

Learn how to crochet a basket with 1/2-inch thick rope, using your fingers rather than a crochet hook to make the stitches. In the class, you will learn where to get the materials (cotton rope or felted wool yarn), how to make single crochet stitches in a circle to create a flat bottom, and then how to build the sides of the basket with slip stitches. There are also instructions for adding optional leather handles.


These baskets are great for storing craft supplies, toys, books, and other household items. The crochet pattern creates very sturdy sides.

Size: The basket is approximately 10 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall, although yours may come out slightly different. If you wanted to adjust the size of the basket, you could make a bigger or smaller ring of stitches before starting your side stitches.

Difficulty: Easy and beginner-friendly. It is helpful if you already know how to make a single crochet stitch. But since it feels a little different to crochet with rope and your fingers, you don't need to have prior crochet experience. Since the rope is much more stiff than yarn, it is a little harder on your hands. The stitches will be tight, especially for the first 2 rows. By the third row, you start working into just the back loops of stitches, which is a lot easier.


Materials and cost: The 1/2-inch cotton piping cord comes in boxes of 100 yards, which cost around $35. Felted wool yarn from lovefestfibers.com is around $50 per 50-yard ball. You need 40 yards to complete the basket. Of course you can always use the pattern as a starting point and substitute your own materials.

For the optional leather handles, you will need a strip of leather 1.5 inches wide and 13 inches long (to be cut down the middle to make 2), a leather punch and four 1/4-inch long Chicago screws or rivets. If you go with rivets, you will need a rivet kit (around $10 at craft stores) and a hammer or mallet to pound them in. A leather punch is around $10. For the leather, you could even use an old belt!

Look for kits for this project in my web shop