Sunday, January 16, 2011

Easter Bunny Basket Crochet Pattern

Every once in a while, I lurk throughout my local Craigslist to see if there are any crochet "needs" posted. About a year ago, I came across a wanted ad where someone was looking for a crocheted Easter basket for their yet-to-be-born daughter. The mom included a photo of her Easter basket and said she wanted a matching one. Her own mother had purchased it when the mom-to-be was just a little girl herself.

This is what originally gave me the idea to try an Etsy store. At the time though, I worked up a pattern for her and a materials list, and even emailed her with what it would cost for said materials and my time (but I didn't send her the pattern). She said she'd get back to me but never did. But that was alright, because I still had my pattern, based on the photo, and a to-be-born-niece of my own, so I ended up making this basket for my sister's daughter.


Materials:--Half skein of medium weight cotton white yarn
--Half skein of Lion Brand Yarn Velvet Spun in Pastel Green (#156)
--One skein of Lion Brand Yarn Velvet Spun in Lavender (#144)
--Half skein of Caron Simply Soft in Orchid (#2664)
--E sized hook
--H sized hook
--N sized hook
--Yarn needle
--Stitch marker for the end of the rows (optional)
--White and black felt
--Tape measure or ruler
--1 medium pink button
--Glue gun and glue stick

Basket:
Row 1: With the Pastel Green on the N sized hook, chain 5 and connect the ends of the chain with a slip stitch to form a circle. Chain 2.
Row 2: In the circle, work 7 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn the piece as you work on it.
Row 3: Work 2 HDC in the first stitch, 1 HDC in the second stitch*. Repeat from * for the entire row. Chain 2. (11 HDC)
Row 4: Repeat row 3. (17 HDC)
Row 5: Repeat row 3 and fasten off the Pastel Green. (26 HDC)
Row 6: Attach the Lavender with a slip stitch. Working in the loops closest to you from the previous row, do 1 HDC in each stitch around. Chain 2. (26 HDC)
Row 7: Working in both loops from the previous row, do 1 HDC in each stitch around. Chain 2. (26 HDC)
Rows 8-14: Repeat row 7. At the end of row 14, do not chain 2. Make the last stitch a slip stitch and fasten off the yarn (26 HDC).

Handle:
Row 1: With the Pastel Green on the N sized hook, leave a couple of inches of yarn length and chain 31 and turn.
Row 2: In the second chain from the hook, work 1 SC in each stitch in the chain. Chain 1 at the end. (30 SC)
Rows 3-5: Repeat row 2 but do not chain 1 at the end of row 4. Fasten off the yarn and leave a length of a couple inches. (30 SC)

Look down on the basket and decide where you want to attach the handle. Think of the basket top as a clock face. The handle should be attached in the middle of two sides. I attached this handle at 9 and 3 o’clock, by sewing it to the last row of the Lavender, using the extra lengths of Pastel Green at each end.

Outside of the Ears (Make 2):
Row 1: With the Orchid yarn on the H sized hook, leave a length of a couple of inches. Chain 13 and turn.
Row 2: In the second chain from the hook, work 1 HDC in each stitch in the chain. Chain 2 and turn. (11 HDC)
Rows 3-8: Repeat row 2. (11 HDC)
Row 9: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together, then do 1 HDC in the next 8 stitches, and work the last 2 HDC together. This will decrease the row by 2 stitches: one from each end. Chain 2 and turn. (9 HDC)
Row 10: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together, then do 1 HDC in the next 5 stitches, and work the last 2 HDC together. This will decrease the row by 2 stitches: one from each end. Chain 2 and turn. (7 HDC)
Row 11: Work 1 HDC in each stitch. Chain 2 and turn. (7 HDC)
Row 12: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together, then do 1 HDC in the next 3 stitches, and work the last 2 HDC together. This will decrease the row by 2 stitches: one from each end. Chain 2 and turn. (5 HDC)
Row 13: Work 1 HDC in each stitch. Chain 2 and turn. (5 HDC)
Row 14: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together, then do 1 HDC in the next 1 stitch, and work the last 2 HDC together. This will decrease the row by 2 stitches: one from each end. Chain 2 and turn. (3 HDC)
Row 15: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together, then do 1 HDC in the last stitch. (2 HDC) Fasten off yarn.

Inside of the Ears (Make 2):
Row 1: With the white yarn on the E sized hook, leave a length of several of inches (more than what you left on for the blue outside pieces). Chain 8 and turn.
Row 2: In the second chain from the hook, work 1 HDC in each stitch in the chain. Chain 2 and turn. (7 HDC)
Rows 3-7: Repeat row 2. (7 HDC)
Row 8: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together, then do 1 HDC in each stitch three times, and work the last 2 HDC together. This will decrease the row by 2 stitches: one from each end. Chain 2 and turn. (5 HDC)
Row 9: Work 1 HDC in each stitch. Chain 2 and turn. (5 HDC)
Row 10: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together, 1 HDC in the middle and work the last 2 HDC together. This will decrease the row by 2 stitches: one from each end. Chain 2 and turn. (3 HDC)
Row 11: Work 1 HDC in each stitch. Chain 2 and turn. (3 HDC)
Row 12: In the first two stitches of the previous row, work 2 HDC together and work 1 HDC in the last stitch. Finish off yarn. (2 HDC).

Lay one Orchid piece down with one white piece on top. Line up the bottom edges of each piece and center the white over the Orchid. Using the white length of yarn, sew the two pieces together with the yarn needle. It is possible to go through the Orchid loops without going all the way through the Orchid pieces, so you won’t see white stitching on the back.

Lay one of the sewn ears down with the white facing up. With the yarn needle, sew the purple to the outer right edge of the white.

To Attach the Ears:
With the yarn needle and the extra length of Orchid from the outside of the ears, line the ears up on the bucket so the outer edges of the ears are lined up with the Pastel Green handle.

The ears will droop. Run a few stitches through the top backs of the ears and the Pastel Green handle at the top.

Making the Face:
Find the center of which side you want the face to be on. Hot glue the button in that center spot.

Cut two ovals out of the white felt, about 1” wide and 1 ½” tall. Cut out two circles from the black felt, about the size of dimes. Hot glue them to the white felt eyes, at the bottom of the ovals. Hot glue them to the Lavender yarn above the button nose. I placed them about ¼” away from each side of the button.

Cut out 2 squares from the white felt (the buck teeth), about 1”x 1”. Glue them on side by side, just below the pink smile so the top of the teeth are even with the pink yarn .

Cut 3 pieces of white yarn, about 4 ½” long each (the whiskers). Individually thread the pieces onto the yarn needle and pull them through the Velvet Spun the center (both vertically and horizontally) below the nose. If you choose to, you can run a small bead of glue along the end of each whisker to help hold them in place.

The Tail:
Cut a short length (about 6”) of white yarn.  Wind the white yarn around three of your fingers about 45 times. Slide the yarn off and tie the short piece around the center of the bundle, double knotting it. Cut the loops on each end and fluff the pompom. On the back of the basket, 1 or 2 rows above the Pastel Green, thread each end of the short length of white yarn through 2 separate spaces. On the inside of the basket, tie those ends together in a double knot again and trim the lengths short. Fluff the tail.

Optional:
The nice thing about this basket is you don't have it leave it as a soft, floppy basket. I made it big enough you could put a large empty margarine container in it, one of the 32 oz ones, to make the sides stay up. If you did so, you could run a line of hot glue around the outside rim and the bottom of the container, and then press it into the basket itself.

And by the way, this was the ONLY pattern I sold in my Etsy store when it was open. :)

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