Happy Friday Friends!
I’m so excited to release this pattern! It’s something I’ve been wanting to make for a few months and it just kept getting shoved to the back of the list of things to make. Funny how that happens huh?
I, like I’m sure all of you, have a giant list of projects I want to bring to life! Unfortunately, I only have two hands and my feet haven’t quite picked up the skill of crochet so one project at a time for now.
I actually can’t claim 100% originality with this basket. I saw a canvas one online waaaay back in June and thought it was the cutest thing, it just needed one slight improvement.
It needed to be made out of yarn! HA!
I know I can’t be the only one who sees something really awesome that they want and decide to find a way to make it out of yarn. Anyone?
This pattern features Lion Brands Fast Track yarn. If you haven’t seen it anywhere (I can only find it in AC Moore and even then it’s pretty small selection) it’s a flat Tshirt yarn. 60% cotton & 40% polyester. My niece thought I was crocheting with a shoelace lol.
I can promise that it works up beautifully, however, very far from looking like a giant shoelace.
You can find all the cool colors on Lion Brands website if you don’t have an AC Moore near you. Also, this isn’t a sponsored post, I bought my own yarn, although I did get it on sale 5/$10 so it was basically free. I don’t know why some people think math is hard lol.
I can never stress enough that you should NEVER shop in a craft store without a coupon or wait for a sale! Never pay full price my friends…..Never….
*steps off soapbox*
*returns to soapbox*
j/k I will never stop preaching that message…..
Ok moving on!
I used the colors Airstream White in Fast Track for the basket although I was really looking for Chopper Gray. I picked up a skein of Jet Black as well and have something else in mind for it. A nice quick 1 skein project coming soon 😀
For the embellishments, I used Lion Brands 24/7 cotton yarn in the colors Pink & Black. Any cotton yarn you have on hand would work though!
The best part about this basket is you can really make it any size to fit whatever you’d like!
Cat Ears Crochet Basket
- Lion Brand’s Fast Track yarn (2 skeins)
- Lion Brands 24/7 Cotton yarn (embellishments)
- J/6mm crochet hook
- F/3.75mm hook
- crochet needle
1: Magic Circle, sc 6 into circle & tighten (6)
2: Inc around (12)
3: *Sc, inc* repeat 6x (18)
4: *Sc 2, inc* repeat 6x (24)
5: *Sc 3, inc* repeat 6x (30)
6: *Sc 4, inc* repeat 6x (36)
7: *Sc 5, inc* repeat 6x (42)
8: *Sc 6, inc* repeat 6x (48)
9: *Sc 7, inc* repeat 6x (54)
10: *Sc 8, inc* repeat 6x (60)
11: *Sc 9, inc* repeat 6x (66)
12: *Sc 10, inc* repeat 6x (72)
13: *Sc 11, inc* repeat 6x (78)
14: *Sc 12, inc* repeat 6x (84)
15: *Sc 13, inc* repeat 6x (90)
16: slip stitch around the basket BLO (90)
17: SC over the sl. sts. from Round 16, BLO of Round 15
The key to making your basket nice and sturdy is that slip stitch then sc round. For an even stronger basket, you can do that technique every round as you build up, just remember to stitch in both loops not just the back loop.
18: Continue SC around the basket until it reaches your desired height. I ended up with 14 rounds.
1: Chain 11, when you create your chain make sure you’re leaving a long enough tail. This tail is what you’ll be using to sew the ear onto the basket.
2: Sc in second ch from the hook and sc down (10)
3: sc2tog, sc 6, sc2tog (8)
4: sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog (6)
5: sc 6 (6)
6: sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog (4)
7: sc2tog, sc2tog (2)
8: sc 2 (2)
9: sc2tog (1)
10: sl st.
11: sc around the entire ear and sl st to the top again.
F/o and leave small tail that you will sew in and away.
Attach the ears to the front of the basket. At this point you can choose any place to be the front, but I chose to put the end of the rounds in the back.
I left 7 sts between the ears, but give as much or a little space as you like.
After your ears are attached, you can add the nose and whiskers. You might also choose to add some pink detailing to the inside of the ears which you’ll find below.
Using a F/3.75mm hook
1: ch. 11, sc into second ch from the hook and down (10)
2: dec, sc 6, dec (8)
3: sc across (8)
4: dec, sc 4, dec (6)
5: sc across (6)
6: dec, sc 2, dec (4)
7: sc down (4)
8: dec, dec (2)
9: dec (1)
10: sc around the entire ear. Make sure to sc3 into the bottom two corners.
11: embroider around the inner ear to the outer ear
I also ended up adding a lining to my basket. I still have tons of leftover fabric from the makeup bags I made all my bridesmaids. It was a real trial and error finding patterns I liked so I ended up with lots of options anytime I saw fabric go on sale.
And there you have it!! A fun kitty basket sure to please any cat lover! Mine will hold some of my chunky yarn. These baskets are quite large and hold quite a bit. I was able to fit 4 skeins of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in mine with room to spare!
If you’d like a smaller basket, simply stop increasing the bottom of the basket whenever you reach your desired size. Simple as that!
I hope you love this little kitty. She needs some good homes to call her own! Be sure to tag me in your creations and use #HYArcrochet when you post about it!
Until next time friends!