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Knit Stitch Basket (Free Crochet Pattern) + Video Tutorials for Stitches

Good day, fellow crafters!

Is anyone else here like me and hopelessly in love with baskets and containers around the house?  I feel like I can never get organized without handy, dandy baskets!  I really love larger baskets, and guess what -- they're a breeze to make with big yarn and big hooks!

Recently, I found these two skeins of JUMBO yarn at my local craft store.

They're from Yarnspiration's Bernat Maker Big line of yarns, and they feel amazingly soft with MUCH squish!  It's my first time working with chunky tubular yarn, which is cotton on the outside and nylon on the inside.  Due to the size of it (weight 7 means it's JUMBO!), this yarn stitches up quickly.  Thankfully, it's machine washable for easy care, and for the sake of this basket, I used up nearly two complete skeins (one in the color "smoke" on the left, and the other in the color "ivory" on the right)!

Take a look!

If you'd like to make one of these baskets for yourself, please check out my pattern below!  I recommend using this jumbo yarn for a big, extra-large basket, but if this pattern definitely works with smaller yarns and hooks as well!  If you don't have such thick yarns but would like to have a big basket, it's easy to modify this pattern by increasing the number of rounds in the base and for the height of the basket, OR by holding multiple strands of thinner yarn together to create a "thick" yarn to work with.


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The Knit Stitch Basket pattern provides easy instructions for crocheting a simple, chic, and functional basket featuring the "knit stitch"!  This basket is relatively quick to work up, yet maintains a lovely look.  While it is a beginner-friendly crochet pattern with video tutorials and photo references, there are many ways to customize it to give it a unique and special look!  For example, play with different yarn colors, or add embellishments (e.g., buttons, flowers, bows) to make it the perfect, personalized item for your home or as a gift to a cherished one!

  • Base diameter: 10 inches 
  • Basket height: 6 inches  

  • Familiar Beginner. Requires knowledge of or willingness to learn the stitches used (below) and changing colors. 

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • Ch: chain  
  • Sl st: slip stitch (insert hook, yarn over, pull through both loops)
  • Sc: single crochet 
  • Inc: increase (insert two sc in one stitch)
  • Dec: decrease (sc two stitches together)
  • BLO: back loops only
  • KS: knit stitch [click here for video tutorial]
  • RSC: reverse single crochet [click here for video tutorial]


Notes About the Pattern (Read Before Beginning!)
  • The base of the basket is done in single crochet, while the sides are done in knit stitch.
  • The pattern is written for the entire basket to be worked in joined rounds for an even look.  However, you are welcome to work in a continuous spiral if you do not want to join your rounds. 
  • The brim of the basket is done in the 'reverse single crochet' stitch.
  • Video tutorials available for the: knit stitch, reverse single crochet 


Note: This basket is worked in joined rounds. To do so, ch 1 at the beginning of each round, and join with a sl st to the first sc.  (If you wish to work in continuous rounds, ignore these directions.)

Base of the Basket

Start with the bottom yarn color (smoke).
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. *Join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sts)
R2: Ch 1, inc around. *Join. (12 sts)
R3: Ch 1, (sc, inc) x 6. *Join. (18 sts)
R4: Ch 1, (sc 2, inc) x 6. *Join. (24 sts)
R5: Ch 1, (sc 3, inc) x 6. *Join. (30 sts)
R6: Ch 1, (sc 4, inc) x 6. *Join. (36 sts)
R7: Ch 1, (sc 5, inc) x 6. *Join. (42 sts)
R8: Ch 1, (sc 6, inc) x 6. *Join. (48 sts)
R9: Ch 1, (sc 7, inc) x 6. *Join. (54 sts)
R10: Ch 1, (sc 8, inc) x 6. *Join. (60 sts)

Side of the Basket

Continue in the bottom yarn color (smoke).
R11: Ch 1, sc around in BLO. *Join. (60 sts)
R12-R14: Ch 1, ks around. *Join. (60 sts)

(Below is the Knit Stitch video tutorial.)

Change to top yarn color (ivory). 
R15-R21: Ch 1, ks around. *Join. (60 sts)

Handle of the Basket

R22: Ch 1, ks 10, ch 12 and skip 10 sts. Ks 20. Ch 12 and skip 10 sts. Ks 10. *Join.
(Refer to photo references below if needed!)

Ch 12 for the first handle.

After skipping 10 stitches, insert hook into the next stitch.

Make a single crochet, and continue with the pattern.

R23: In this round, you will reverse the direction with a 'reverse single crochet' or rsc.
Ch 1. Rsc 10. Rsc 12 in the chain-12 gap. Rsc 20. Rsc 12 in the ch-12 gap. Rsc 10.

(Below is the Reverse Single Crochet video tutorial.)

Fasten off and weave in the ends. 

I used nearly 2 full skeins of Bernat Maker Big to make this basket. 
These two little bits were the remaining yarn I had left!  

That's it, you're done! 

Congratulations on finishing the "Knit Stitch Basket" pattern!

For those who are interested in adding personal details or embellishments to this basket, here are some ideas!  You can sew on embellishments or appliques, such as buttons, bows, crocheted flowers, or more.  Use your creativity to make your basket unique!  Then, fill it up with whatever you'd like!

Update: If you'd like to try out the Textured Basket (free crochet pattern), click on the image below to navigate to the pattern page!

Or, if you'd like to try your hand at an extra-large and ombre-colored basket that is perfect for storage and organization of larger objects, try the Blue Coast Basket (free crochet pattern)!

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    Best wishes,