Crochet Toy Basket or Bag – Basket Weave Stitch {free crochet pattern}

Crochet this toy basket with my free pattern to hold your child’s favorite trinkets – keeps your shelves clutter-free and you can make it to match your decor!
Free Crochet Pattern for a Kids' Toy Bag

My kids have these cheerful lacing blocks and beads from Melissa and Doug toys (where to buy), but the wooden crate they come in is neither stackable nor convenient in which to house them – perfect crochet project opportunity! This time I didn’t want to go with the traditional double, half double or single crochet. So, this basket/bag is created using my own version of the basket weave stitch, for which I’ve provided a tutorial! The basket weave stitch is such a strong, sturdy and interesting stitch. It looks as if you’ve really created a basket! This bag could be used for a myriad of things and can easily be made smaller or larger by adding rounds to the base.

If you’ve never crocheted in the round before, see my tutorials on crocheting in the round and how to create invisible seams in the round first.

Crochet Toy Bag with or Without the Tie

Crochet Toy Basket or Bag

Written and designed by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life

Materials

  • Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4
  • I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Red (where to buy) and Royal Blue (where to buy)
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • FPDC = front post double crochet
  • BPDC = back post double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch

 

Work the Base

(The first CH 2 in every round counts as the first double crochet)

 

Round 1: 

CH 3
SL ST to form a ring
CH 2
7 DC in ring
Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (8 total DC)

 

Round 2: 

CH 2
DC in same ST
2 DC in each ST around
Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (16 total DC)

 

Round 3: 

CH 2
DC in same ST
1 DC in the next ST
*2 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST*
Repeat from * to *
Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (24 total DC)

 

Round 4: 

CH 2
DC in same ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
*2 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST*
Repeat from * to *
Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (32 total DC)

Round 5:

CH 2
DC in same ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
*2 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST*
Repeat from * to *
Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (40 total DC)

Round 6:

CH 2
DC in same ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
*2 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST
1 DC in the next ST*
Repeat from * to *
Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (48 total DC)

 

Round 7:

CH 2
1 DC in each ST around (48 total DC)
The bottom of your bag or basket will look like this:

Continue in this manner, adding more rounds where you add an increasing stitch (the 2 DC’s in each stitch) one less time every round, if you wish for your bag to be larger than mine. Otherwise, follow below. If you follow my tutorial on crocheting invisible seams in the round, you should have a nice, clean base with no gaps where the round stops and starts.

Basket Weave Stitch

If you’ve never worked with the Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet before, see my tutorial first. Then, you’ll be able to work the basket weave stitch.

 

Rounds 1-16:

CH 1
Work a FPDC on the post directly below the CH 1.
Work 1 FPDC on each of the next 3 posts below.
*Work 1 BPDC on each of the next 4 posts below.
Work 1 FPDC on each of the next 4 posts below.*
Repeat from * to * and join with a SL ST to the previous CH 1
Finish off the top with 1 HDC in each stitch around (48 total), or maybe a shell stitch if this is for a girl. If you’d like it to be a bag, make a chain of about 80 and weave it through the back where you’d like it.
Merry Crocheting!

 

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

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