How to Crochet the Primrose Mini Baskets

Are you looking for some new basket designs to crochet? Whether for Easter, a small classroom project, or for a senior assisted living center this fun new mini basket pattern design works up quickly and is easy to mass produce! This pattern even comes with three design options!

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We did a fun mystery crochet along with this pattern in the Orchid and Bee's VIP Group. Everyone enjoyed making these and said they were quick and fun!


These little baskets can be used with or without the handle. They are great to use as little treat holders for kids classrooms, seniors in assisted living centers, or even for you to hold your hooks! You can stiffen them up or put a small cup in the center to give it extra support!


The tall mini baskets are about 2.5 inches tall and about 2 inches in diameter. The medium mini baskets are about 2.25 inches tall and about 2 inches in diameter. The smaller oval mini basket is about 1.5 inches tall and slightly over 2 inches at the widest points of the oval. Great for holding a single treat filled plastic egg for children's classrooms!


If you are going to be selling these at spring markets you could put a plastic egg filled with a surprise treat on the inside and let kids pick one for their parents to buy for them *wink* *wink*... is that a sales strategy or what!


To make it even more enticing I would make a sign that says "Surprise Eggs" and kids will automatically be curious because of all the YouTube channels they watch with "Surprise Egg Openings." My 5 and 7 yr old love watching those and always ask if they can get one lol.


The other fun factor about these little mini baskets is their unique design! This pattern makes use of the primrose stitch in a few parts of its design to give it a one of a kind look! To learn more about the primrose stitch and how to do it when not used in a round, I have included instructions at the end of this pattern! It is a fun new stitch to learn if you have never tried it before!


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For this pattern I have included 3 different ways to make these baskets, a tall option, a medium option and a small oval size option. So I bet you are eager to make these pretty little baskets! Here is how to make the primrose baskets!


“Primrose Mini-Baskets Crochet Pattern”

Materials:

  • Worsted weight #4 - White, Green, Purple (or color of choice)

  • Hook - G or 4mm

  • Needle

  • Optional Stiffening agent (ex. starch, glue/water mix, modge podge,Stiffy)

  • Optional hot glue or fabric glue

  • Scissors

Stitches:

  • Mr - Magic Ring

  • Ch - chain

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Sl st - slip stitch

  • Dc - double crochet

  • Tr - treble/triple crochet

  • FPSC - front post single crochet

  • SK - skip a stitch

  • Sp - space

  • #st - complete # number of sts in same space

  • St # - complete stitch in next # number of spaces

  • ( ) - do all in the same stitch

  • Shells - 3dc in same space

  • Rose Tops - (sc, ch 2, sc) *not an official term, just for the sake of this pattern this is how I will refer to this series of stitches

Skill Level / Language - Beginner/Intermediate. If you are unsure of any stitches, YouTube is a great resource! American Standard Terms are used throughout the pattern.


Diagrams that you can refer to on where to place the stitches for each basket:


Pattern Instructions

*beginning chains do not count as a st unless otherwise noted

*begin each st in the same space as the beginning chain

*Option: you can make round 5 sl sts with a larger size hook for more ease of working in the next round if desired.



Basket Option 1: Tall Size, Mid-Row Flower Baskets : White / Green / Purple or color of

choice


  • Begin: White, MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Hdc 10 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, ch 1. (10st)

  • Round 2: 2Hdc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 1. (20st)

  • Round 3: *Hdc, 2hdc* repeat around, sl st to join, ch 1. (30st)

  • Round 4: *Hdc, 2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc*, repeat *to* 5 more times, sl st to join, ch 1. (42st)


Note: For Rounds 5, 6, and 7 see Diagram A for assistance.


  • Round 5: Sl st 42, sl st to join, ch 1. (42st)

  • Round 6: *(Sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2* repeat 13 more times, sl st to join to first sc. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)

  • Round 7: Sl st into first ch 2 space, ch 3 (will count as a stitch), 2dc in same ch 2 space (first shell is made), *3dc in next ch 2 space* repeat around in each ch 2 space, sl st to join to top of ch 3. (14 shells *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: For Round 8 see Diagram A for a reminder on where to place rose tops *(sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2*, if needed.


  • Round 8: Sl st into next st, ch 1, *(Sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2* repeat 13 more times, sl st to join to first sc, fasten off. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: For Round 9 see Diagram A for a reminder on where to place shells (3dc), if needed.


  • Round 9: Join Green yarn on the outer side in any ch 2 space, ch 3 counts as dc st, dc 2 in same sp as ch 3, (first shell is made), *3dc in next ch 2 space* repeat 12 more times in each ch 2 space , sl st to join in top of 3 ch, fasten off. (14 shells *see stitch key on page 2)

Note: You will be working from the outer side for the rest of the pattern.



Note: For Round 10 see diagram B for assistance.


  • Round 10: Join Purple yarn (or choice of color), at any middle dc stitch of a shell, ch 1, (FPSC around same st where you joined, ch 2, FPSC around same st), sk 2 *(FPSC, ch 2, FPSC), sk 2* repeat 12 more times, sl st to join to first sc, fasten off. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: For Round 11 see Diagram A for a reminder on where to place shells (3dc), if needed.


  • Round 11: Join White yarn on the outer side in any ch 2 space, ch 3 counts as a dc st, dc 2 in same sp as ch 3, *3dc in next ch 2 space* repeat 12 more times in each ch 2 space, sl st to join to top of ch 3. (14 shells *see stitch key on page 2)

  • Round 12: Sl st into next st, ch 1, 2sc in same space, sk 2, *2sc, sk 2* repeat 12 more times, sl st to join, fasten off. (28st)


Optional Handle: Colors of choice

  • Begin: With first color, Ch 21 (or more if you want a bigger handle).

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 19, change to second color before finishing last stitch, ch 1. (20st)

  • Row 2: Turn, sc 20, fasten off. Sew or hot glue handles to the basket.


If you want a slightly smaller basket and the flowers to be at the bottom instead of the middle then Option 2 is for you!



Basket Option 2: Medium Size, Bottom Row Flower Baskets: White / Green / Purple or color of choice

  • Begin: White, MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Hdc 10 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, ch 1. (10st)

  • Round 2: 2Hdc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 1. (20st)

  • Round 3: *Hdc, 2hdc* repeat around, sl st to join, ch 1. (30st)

  • Round 4: *Hdc, 2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc*, repeat *to* 5 more times, sl st to join, ch 1. (42st)

  • Round 5: Sl st 42, sl st to join, ch 1. (42st)


Note: For Round 6 & 7 see diagram A for assistance.


  • Round 6: *(Sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2* repeat 13 more times, sl st to join to first sc, fasten off. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: You will be working from the outer side for the rest of the pattern.



  • Round 7: Join Green yarn on the outer side in any ch 2 space, ch 3 counts as st, dc 2 in same ch 2 sp as ch 3 (first shell is made), *3dc in next ch 2 space*, repeat 12 more times in each ch 2 space, sl st to join, fasten off. (14 shells *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: For Round 8 see diagram B for assistance.


  • Round 8: Join Purple yarn (or choice of color), at any middle dc stitch of a shell, ch 1, (FPSC around same st where you joined, ch 2, FPSC around same st), sk 2 *(FPSC, ch 2, FPSC), sk 2* repeat 12 more times, sl st to join to first sc, fasten off. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: For Round 9 see Diagram A for a reminder on where to place shells (3dc), if needed.


  • Round 9: Join White yarn on the outer side in any ch 2 space, ch 3 counts as st, dc 2 in same sp as ch 3 (first shell is made), *3dc in next ch 2 space* repeat 12 more times in each ch 2 space , sl st to join. (14 shells *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: For Round 10 see Diagram A for a reminder on where to place rose tops *(sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2*, if needed.


  • Round 10: Sl st into next st, ch 1, *(Sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2* repeat 13 more times, sl st to join in first sc. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)

  • Round 11: Sl st into ch 2 sp, ch 1, 2sc in same space, *2sc in next ch 2 space*, repeat 12 more times, sl st to join, fasten off. (28st)


Optional Handle: Colors of choice

  • Begin: With first color, Ch 21 (or more if you want a bigger handle).

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 19, change to second color before finishing last stitch, ch 1. (20st)

  • Row 2: Turn, sc 20, fasten off. Sew or hot glue handles to the basket.


The last option for the baskets is the most popular one! This one fits an egg (both real and plastic) perfectly! Such a great little present for preschool age children!


Option 3: Small size, Oval Shape Flower Baskets : White / Green / Purple or color of choice

  • Begin: White, MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Hdc 10 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, ch 1. (10st)

  • Round 2: 2Hdc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 3. (20st)

  • Round 3: Tr, 2tr, dc, 2dc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, dc, 2dc, tr, 2tr, dc, 2dc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, dc, 2dc, sl st to join, ch 1. (30st)

  • Round 4: *Sc, 2sc, sc 2, 2sc*, repeat *to* 5 more times, sl st to join, ch 1. (42st)

  • Round 5: Sl st 42, sl st to join, ch 1. (42st)


Note: For Round 6 & 7 see diagram A for assistance.


  • Round 6: *(Sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2* repeat 13 more times, sl st to join to first sc, fasten off. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: You will be working from the outer side for the rest of the pattern.


  • Round 7: Join Green yarn on the outer side in any ch 2 space, ch 3 counts as st, dc 2 in same sp as ch 3, *3dc in next ch 2 space*, repeat 12 more times in each ch 2 space, sl st to join, fasten off. (14 shells *see stitch key on page 2)


Note: For Round 8 see diagram B for assistance.


  • Round 8: Join Purple yarn (or choice of color), at any middle dc stitch of a shell, ch 1, (FPSC around same st where you joined, ch 2, FPSC around same st), sk 2 *(FPSC, ch 2, FPSC), sk 2* repeat 12 more times, sl st to join to first sc, fasten off. (14 rose tops *see stitch key on page 2)

  • Round 9: Join white yarn in any ch 2 sp, ch 1, 2sc in same space, *2sc in next ch 2 * repeat 12 more times, sl st to join, fasten off. (28s