Crochet Chunky Basket – Free Pattern!

An easy pattern for a functional and pretty crochet basket! I use this basket for my crochet projects and feed the yarn through the handles so my balls and skeins don’t roll all over the room! I made it using two strands of yarn so it’s nice and sturdy and stands up straight when full. It can hold 6 skeins of yarn comfortably, plus my hook case.

Free Pattern for a Crochet Chunky Basket

Crochet Chunky Basket Pattern

Designed and written by Sara of My Merry Messy Life ©2013

This basket measures about 8 inches wide by 13 inches long.


  • Hook: J (6.0 mm)
  • Tapestry needle to sew on accessories and hide the tails
  • Scissors to cut tails
  • Yarn: I used Lion Brand’s Vanna White worsted weight yarn in Chocolate (where to buy), Aqua (where to buy), White (where to buy), and Rose (where to buy)


  • CH  = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • Seed Stitch – 1 DC, 1 SC in the same space

Crochet Chunky Basket Holds 6 Skeins of Yarn!

I love how this basket holds six skeins (or balls, or yarn cakes) of yarn! I can keep all the yarn for a project in this one bag. Keeps things neat, tidy and organized.

The Pattern

Use TWO strands of worsted weight yarn at the same time for a chunky look, or one strand of a bulky yarn.

(Join each round with a SL ST, Each beginning CH of each round counts as that round’s first stitch)

Ch 3, SL ST to form a circle

Round 1: (start with aqua) Ch 2, 7 HDC in ring (8 HDC total)

Round 2: Ch 2, HDC in same st, 2 HDC in each st around (16 HDC total)

Round 3: CH 2, 1 HDC in same st, 1 HDC in next st, *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in next st* repeat from * around (24 HDC total)

Round 4: Ch 2, 1 HDC in same st, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 st’s *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 st’s* repeat from * around (32 HDC total)

Round 5: Ch 2, 1 HDC in same st, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 st’s, *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 st’s* repeat from * around (40 HDC total)

Round 6: Ch 2, 1 HDC in same st, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 st’s, *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 st’s* repeat from * around (48 HDC total)

Round 7: Ch 2, 1 HDC in same st, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 st’s, *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 st’s* repeat from * around (56 HDC total)

Round 8: Ch 2, 1 HDC in same st, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 st’s, *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in each of the next 6 st’s* repeat from * around (64 HDC total)

Round 9: Ch 2, 1 HDC in each st around (64 HDC total)

Crochet Chunky Basket Pattern - The Base

Round 10: (switch to white) Ch 1, 1 HDC in each st around (64 HDC total)

Round 11-22: CH 3 (counts as 1st DC), 1 sc in the same space. Skip the next space. *Seed stitch in the next space. Skip the next space. repeat from * all the way around. (32 seed stitches total)

Round 23: (the handle) CH 3 (counts as 1st DC), 1 SC in the same space (counts as 1st Seed Stitch), 1 Seed Stitch in each of the next 13 spaces (14 Seed Stitches total). Skip the next 2 spaces & CH 6. 1 Seed Stitch in each of the next 14 spaces (14 seed stitches total). CH 6 & skip the last 2 spaces. Join with the beginning CH 3 with a SL ST. (28 seed stitches total)

Round 24: (switch to aqua) Attach the yarn (with a SL ST) to any place on the basket but the CH 6’s. CH 2 (counts as first HDC). 1 HDC in each of the next 26 spaces (including the space in between the SC and DC in the seed stitches, 27 HDC total). 6 HDC on the CH 6. Repeat from * to complete the round (so, another 27 HDC, & 6 HDC on the CH 6).

Round 25: 1 HDC in each space around (66 HDC total)

My Merry Messy Life: The Seed Stitch

This basket is really easy to make. I made it in 3 to 4 hours! It works up quickly because of the two strands of yarn.

Crochet Chunky Seed Stitch Basket

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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.


  1. I love this, Sara!

  2. I love this! Especially love your color choices! <3

  3. Love this! One question, though. Is one skein of each color enough to make this? Thanks so much for sharing this pattern.

  4. That’s a cute basket, Sara! :)Using two strands is a good idea ! I liked the color combo too!

  5. Why do you go from ch2 to ch1 to begin the row in the bottom?
    Wondering if this is an error in the pattern….going to continue with ch2 and can always tear out

  6. Sheridan says:

    Hey love the pattern. Quick question. Are you supposed to sl st to join between rounds (before chaining)?

  7. Hi I love this thanks for the share…I am attempting to adapt slightly to make a large basket for all my yarn but am a little confused on the pattern as you seem to have round 11-22 and then on the line below round 12-22…… I right in thinking 11-22 is correct as if you continue to seed stitch skip a stitch you end up with the same amount of stitches…wheras if you were to seed stitch in every stitch you would continue to increase??

    Thanks so much for the pattern

  8. I think there might be a typo on round 8?

  9. Ohhhh very cool. thanks

  10. Sara that is a fab pattern…thank you for sharing….I will find my chunky yarn and get going…..
    bestest wishes to you
    Daisy jones

  11. I loved this idea. I made mine in cotton (Sugar’n Cream: Country Stripes, Mod Blue and White) and slightly larger than the pattern. I not only plan to use it as a yarn basket but a purse as well. I loved the purse idea so much I am making hat(s) and scarf to match.
    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  12. I can not wait to try this pattern. I will start it as soon as I finish my current project. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Love this bag. Can’t wait to get started. I am new to crocheting and this pattern seems pretty easy to follow. Thanks so much.

  14. Hi, I’m confused on row 12. What do I do differently when I am closing row 11 up? I’m not sure how to begin the next row to make the seed stitch in every other to get that pattern.

  15. The basket is turning out beautifully, but I noticed after round ten( changing to white) there isn’t a color change to brown and or pink…I want to do it multi color, but not sure where I should change. Great pattern by the way!

  16. Just figured it out by looking at the pic, duh!! Thanks, it’s turning out so well considering I’m new at crochet. I am HOOKED!! Pun intended!!

  17. Very beautiful pattern. I crochet a lot and will be trying this pattern very soon.

  18. Hello, I’m new to crochet. I read through the pattern and had a silly question: how does this form a basket? It semis like it would make a flat round doily/mandala. Thanks for your help!

  19. Judy Zollner says:

    I would love the pattern for the taller tote bag made out of plastic grocery bags…could you email me that pattern, please? I love being able to recycle these bags.

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