The Lil Tweed Basket is an easy basket pattern that works up quickly using two strands of bulky yarn held together. I was graciously gifted the beautiful tweed Aspen yarn from Mary Maxim, and created the design as a spinoff of my Little Handle Basket crochet pattern.
The pattern is rated advanced beginner. If you’re familiar with working in the round you’ll have no problem completing it. It’s a great project to start if you’re wanting to branch out slightly from a beginner project, and learn some new techniques (likes the no-cut join method shown in the special stitch section below).
The Lil Tween Basket was also featured on Mary Maxim for a limited time. Definitely check out their website for some fun crochet and knit patterns.
The Pattern is written using two strands of bulky yarn held together.
I used Aspen yarn in the color Alpine.
Thank you Mary Maxim for sending me this beautiful yarn for my project!
The pattern includes one size:
Finished Basket measures approximately 5” diameter and 3 ½” tall
Tips & Tricks
The key to having a sturdy basket it to create a very tight stich by using a small hook in comparison to the yarn size. The completed basket should be sturdy, yet flexible. Over time it can become misshaped. You can easily re-shape with your hands. I also find it helpful to form it around a heavy bowl about the same size, then remove the bowl to reveal a nice, new, even shape.
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Beginner / Advanced Beginner
Stitch Key | US Terms
beg – beginning
ch(s) – chain/chains
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
st(s) – stitch/stitches
rnd(s) – round/rounds
blo – back look only
sk – skip
ch-sp – chain space
Size 5, Bulky Yarn (two strands held together)
Approximately 85 yards
I prefer Mary Maxim Aspen (results will vary depending on yarn used)
J10/6mm Crochet Hook (or size to meet gauge)
Flexible Measuring Tape
Optional – Logo Tags from Grain Deep
Gauge | Working in the Round
First 3 Rounds in Pattern = 3 ¾ – 4 Inches with J Hook
Please be sure to check your gauge before starting, as tension can vary greatly from person to person and depending on the yarn used.
Chain Space (ch-sp)
A chain space is the space/gap in your work that is created by making a chain. The space is located below the chain. Normally you’d insert your hook into the font and back loops of the stitch, but when you work into a chain space you insert your hook into the space underneath the chain.
Special Stitch: No-Cut Join Method
Instead of joining the end of a round with a slip stitch, remove hook from loop. Insert hook from back to
front under both bars of first stitch of round. Put loop back onto hook and draw through to the back. Pull
loop tightly to draw stitches together, then pull working yarn to draw loop back to usual size.
– Pattern is worked holding two strands of yarn together
– Beg chs of each rnd do not count as 1st st, join each rnd in 1st stitch, not beg ch
Create a magic circle, ch1, work 10 hdc in circle, join with sl st. (10hdc)
Alternate Method: Ch4, join with sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch1, work 10 hdc in circle, join with sl st. (10hdc)
Ch1, work 2 hdc in each st around, join with sl st. (20hdc)
Ch1, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st. (30hdc) (diameter should measure about 3 ¾ – 4 inches across)
Rnd 4. Ch1, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st. (40hdc)
Alternate Join Method: join using the no cut join method (special instructions above), this will create a less noticeable seam. (diameter should measure about 5 inches across)
Starting Sides of Basket
ch1, working in blo, sc in each st around, join with sl st. (40sc)
Continue working in both loops, ch1, sc in each st around, join with sl st. (40sc)
Notes: On rnd 10, the same stitch as the beginning ch8 is counted as 1st skipped stitch.
Starting the handle *ch8, sk next 8 sc, sc in next 12 sc, repeat from * around, DO NOT JOIN (16chs, 24sc)
*work 9 sc in ch-sp, sc in next 12 sc, repeat from * around, DO NOT JOIN. (42sc)
Finishing Rnd 12.
Loosely sl st in each st around, fasten off, weave in loose ends, and sew on optional logo tag. (42sl st)
Your new basket is complete, Enjoy!
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