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Free Crochet Pattern: Chunky Tots' Easter Basket Pattern

Updated on March 9, 2013

The Chunky Tots' Easter Basket

The Chunky Tots' Crocheted Easter Basket is the first of 2 Easter Baskets that I made this month. I made this for my little nephew and cannot wait for him to be able to use it. The finished size of this pattern is approximately 7" in diameter and approximately 6" high. Because of the stitch used, the walls of the basket are a little stretchy so it can hold a little amount or a larger amount of Easter goodies.

For a more girly Easter Basket, check out my Pretty Shelled Easter Basket. You can also check out my post 15 of the Cutest FREE Crochet Easter Basket Patterns.

Special Stitch Instructions

FPHDC (front post half double crochet) - to make a fphdc, yo and insert hook from front to the back around the post of the hdc on the previous row. Complete as a regular hdc.

BPHDC (back post half double crochet) - to make a bphdc, yo and insert hook from the back to the front around the post of the hdc on the previous row. Complete as a regular hdc.


Easy Level

Materials needed:

  • 3 Colors Worsted Weight Yarn ( I used Red Heart)
  • Size J, I, F
  • Large Eye Needle to weave in the ends

Stitches Used:

  • Ch-chain
  • sc-single crochet
  • hdc-half double crochet
  • sl st-slip stitch
  • rev sc-reverse single crochet
  • fphdc-front post half double crochet
  • bphdc-back post half double crochet


Begin by forming a magic circle, ch2 (counts as first st now and throughout), 9 hdc into the ring and join to top of beg ch2. - 10 hdc
Round 1: Ch2, hdc in same stitch. 2 hdc in each st around. Join to beg ch2- 20hdc
Round 2: Ch2, hdc in same st, 1 hdc in next. *2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next* repeat around to beg and join. - 30 hdc
Round 3: Ch2, hdc in same st. 1 hdc in next 2 st. *2hdc in next, hdc in next 2* repeat around to beg and join - 40 hdc
Round 4: Ch2, hdc in same st. 1 hdc in next 3 st. *2 hdc in next, hdc in next 3 st* repeat around to beg and join - 50 hdc
Round 5: Ch2, hdc in same st. 1 hdc in next 4 st. *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 st* repeat around to beg and join. - 60 hdc
Round 6: Ch 2, hdc in same st. 1 hdc in next 5 st *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 st* repeat around to beg and join. - 70 hdc
Round 7: Slip stitch around to last st, do not join. Draw up a large loop as shown in the image, pull out hook and turn to the backside. Insert your hook below the space made below the first sl stitch and hdc as pictured and pull the loop through (joined).
Round 8: Ch1, sc in same stitch as join, and in each stitch around going into the space made by the slip stitch and hdc of previous round. Join to first sc. - 70 stitches. (This will make the brim of the bottom more pronounced and stiffer).

Change to smaller hook, preferably H or I

Round 9: Working in the back loops only, ch2 (counts as first hdc throughout), hdc in next stitch and in each stitch around. - 70 hdc - CHANGE TO COLOR B while joining (do not fasten off yarn when changing colors, just pick up when you change back to that color, this makes less ends to have to worry about weaving in and coming loose)
Round 10: fphdc around first post (ch2 from last round), bphdc around next. *fphdc around next post, bphdc around next post* around. Join to first fphdc. -70 stitches
Round 11-20 ( you can make the basket taller/deeper if you like by continuing the pattern to desired height/depth): fphdc around first fphdc of last round, bphdc around next bphdc *fphdc around next fphdc, bphdc around next bphdc* repeat around and join. 70
Switch back to J hook
Round 21: Top brim - holding all 3 color strands, ch1 and reverse single crochet in each stitch around and join, finish off.

Change to F hook
Handle: for the handle you can make this as long or short as you like. This is very easy to do and is simply worked in sc rows.

Color A: Chain the length you desire. Work 3 rows of sc in each color and then finish off. Attach the handle with the embroidery needle to the inside of the basket.

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    Amy D. 5 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

    Aw, I'm glad you like it pstraubie48 and thanks for those Angels. :)

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    Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

    Cute that chunky shape. One day I will take up crocheting again....Thanks for the inspiration.Sending Angels to you this

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    Priyanka Estambale 5 years ago from United States

    These are so pretty. Colorful and classy! Loved them. Thanks for sharing the pattern :)