Simple Easter Basket Pattern

Molly and her Easter Basket

Easter is fast approaching so I thought I would see what I could crochet for some decorations. I created this Easter Basket. I love the way it turned out and it really is simple to make.

What you will need is a I/9 5.50 mm.

I used 2 strands of yarn and it was some that I had left over. I use Red Heart yarn and it did not take even a full skein of yarn. I used a variegated and a solid together.

You will also need 2 pipe cleaners, some craft glue, a yarn needle to sew in the ends and the handle on the basket and something to decorate the outside of the basket.

I used some jeweled color gems that I purchased from a local craft store. You really do not need a gauge for this project.

  • Stitches used single crochet (sc)
  • chain (ch)
  • slip stitch (sl st)

The basket is worked in rounds but you will slip stitch together at the end of each round, ch 1 turn and go the other direction.

To start out with you will use a magic circle, here is a link if you do not know how https://www.wikihow.com/Crochet-a-Magic-Ring

The Basket

In the magic circle sc 8 times and then pull the magic circle together.

  • Rnd 2 ch 1 turn, 2 sc in each st around, sl st into the 1st sc (16 sc)
  • Rnd 3 ch1 turn, * 2 sc in next st, sc in the next st* continue between *’s around, sl st together (24 sc)
  • Rnd 4 ch 1 turn, * 2 sc in next st, sc in the next 2 sts* continue between *’s around, sl st together (32 sc)
  • Rnd 5 ch 1 turn, sc in next st and around, sl st together
  • Rnd 6 ch 1 turn, * 2 sc in next st, sc in the next 3 sts* continue between *’s around, sl st together (40 sc)
  • Rnd 7 Repeat rnd 5
  • Rnd 8 ch 1 turn, * 2 sc in next st, sc in the next 4 sts* continue between *’s around, sl st together (48 sc)
  • Rnd 9 Repeat rnd 5
  • Rnd 10 – 17 Continue to repeat rnd 5, fasten off and weave in ends

The Handle

I used 2 pipe cleaners twisted together

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Row 1 Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next st, now take the 2 twisted pipe cleaners and start to sc over them, continue to do this across and at the end sc in the last 2 sts, fasten off and weave in the ends

Now sew the handle onto the basket about 2 inches down from the top, I used the variegated yarn to sew the handle on and as you can see below it blended really well.

I then proceeded to glue on the gems for a finished basket. If you have any questions please contact me and I will be happy to answer them for you.

This pattern is copyright Dunmire Crochet Corner ©2019 so Please do not copy, share, adjust or resell my pattern.

All finished crocheted items made from this pattern may be sold. If you share images of finished product online, you must link back to this page.

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you have an wonderful day

Laura 🙂

A Little Luck Of The Irish In Crochet & Crafts

I have been busy with my Brother and Sister in Law coming down to Florida to visit so I am behind on everything! It was great to see them but now that they are back home it is time to get busy again.

Seeing that St Patrick’s Day will be here soon I thought I would see what there was available in crochet and crafts for this Holiday.

I ran across this Four Leaf Clover Throw and thought I have not seen anything like this before. I love the different color of greens that run through it.

You can find the pattern here: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/four-leaf-clover-throw

This is such a cute way to capture those precious moments with this Lucky Shamrock Frame. I wish I had more time to delve into all the crafts I would like to indulge in. (sigh) 🙂

The directions and all the materials needed to accomplish this project are found here: Lucky Shamrock Frame at Joann.com.

Are you one of the many who celebrate this holiday? I know I have some Irish in my blood and so I wondered where and when did this holiday come about.  Below is some information about this holiday thanks to Wikipedia.

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services[5][7] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9]

On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to thepagan Irish.[13][14]

Well this certainly explains why there is so much alcohol consumption on this day! I often wondered too where the custom of wearing green came from.

Here is a cute Irish Hat to make and then to wear while celebrating!

You can find this pattern here: https://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC01287&cat_id=334

I love this wreath and the way they have incorporated all the different fabrics to convey the Irish Spirit!

The directions and materials to create this wreath are found here: St. Patrick’s Day Wreath at Joann.com.

I can say that I did learn some things about why we celebrate this day. Have a great time celebrating this Irish Holiday and I hope you gained some inspiration on some items that you can create for this day!

Thank you as always for stopping by and entering my wacky creative world!

Laura 🙂

Handcrafted Gifts for the Holidays

I know the Holidays are approaching and will be here before we know it. I thought I would put this out there seeing the focus is going to be on Shopping this weekend!  I am and always have been in support of Local and Small Businesses and buying Hand Made items for the Holidays.

Being a person who makes, gives away and sells handmade items I know what goes into making those items that are unique and one of a kind!  When it says Handmade it is just that and you know that the item or items will be of a quality that you are just not going to get with a Mass produced item.

You will also be doing business with that person who has taken the time to produce this item. You will be able to ask questions and have an idea what actually went into the making of that item.  There is usually a story behind most Handmade items because they are made from this person’s passion or out of a love of doing that craft.

I wanted to get some answers to this question so I posted this statement and question on Facebook

“I purchase Handmade Items because of the quality of the product that has been made from an artisan! What are your reasons for purchasing Handmade Items?”

A couple of the comments I got to this question were…

” Because the maker of such items put all his/ her heart and soul while making them and because no matter what, no one item is identical.”                                                                          ” Cause my mom makes awesome items! plus because someone took the time to make the item by hand in a world that is all about instant gratification”                                                     Got to love the support from Family 🙂

I also agree with Handmadeology on all his reasons for shopping local and handmade businesses!

10 Awesome Reasons to Buy Handmade Gifts This Year | Handmadeology.

Here are a few links to get you started 🙂  http://www.etsy.com,  http://www.artfire.com/http://www.zibbet.com/https://www.facebook.com/HandmadeShopsOnlinehttp://itsbetterhandmade.comhttp://onfireforhandmade.com/

I know I love to shop on the internet from the comfort of my own home.  I can be in my PJ’s and just sit and shop to my hearts content, plus see all the wonderful items people have made.  If you are looking for that unique gift for someone or just for yourself don’t forget to check out those Local and Small Businesses that sell Handmade Items!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Crochet Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips and Headbands

I was busy last week with designing some Hair Clips and Headbands! I wanted to do something fun and simple.  I also found out that I am going to be having another Grandchild! I was so excited to hear the news last night!  Now I can change gears and start thinking about what to make for a baby 🙂  I guess I have gotten off track but wanted to share the news about being Grandma once again!  I can add this to my list of things I am Thankful For!!

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I had fun making these Headbands. Each Headband is made with Cotton Crochet Thread. The Butterflies are made from the same material and sewn onto the headband. I have some crochet Flowers that I have made that will also be sewn onto a headband.  That will have to wait for a later date!

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The idea for the hair clips are from a pattern of a Butterfly that I had seen and proceeded to make and post on Facebook asking for ideas of what to make with the Butterflies. Quite a few of the suggestions were for hair clips and so here is the finished product!

These Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips are made from Cotton Crochet Thread. They are glued onto an Alligator Clip that is partially covered with Ribbon.  The Flower I added a Bead and glued it to the center of the Flower.

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I hope that Everyone has a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Crafts

Hi Everyone! Boy November is flying for me. It is already the middle of the month and Thanksgiving will be here soon! I know I am thankful for so much in my life. The love of my Family and Friends and of course my Husband who puts up with me through thick and thin! 🙂  I am very thankful for the support that my customers have given me and have stuck with me through my whole learning process of online marketing and selling!

I have come across some very cute projects that can be done easily and wanted to share them with you!

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Thanksgiving Place Card.

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Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Shortcut Chic Harvest Banner.

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Apple Pilgrim Character.

Here is one that involves my passion of Crochet!

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Kids Table Thankful Turkey.

This one is not a pattern but shows what you can do in Crochet for Fall Decorations.  This is one of my creations! Let me know what you think 🙂

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I hope you have fun with these crafts and creating your own memories! Take a moment and bring to your mind what you are Thankful for this year! Thanks so much for taking a look, Have an Awesome Day!

Halloween Crochet Fun

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Halloween has always been one of my Favorite Holidays to celebrate! As I am on the computer I am now listening to Halloween songs!  I wanted to come up with some decorations for Fall and Halloween around the house and of course it was going to be crocheted!  🙂  This Pumpkin set was fun to play around with and simple to make.

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Another aspect of Halloween I love is the Jack-O-Lanterns and Ghosts! On another note seeing that I already had the pumpkins done and I figured it would not be too difficult to add felt on them to create jack-o-lanterns!  The Ghosts on the other hand were a different matter. It took me some time to figure out a design for them.  I had the most trouble figuring out the bottom of the ghost, but as you can see I did eventually win and I finished them!

Another aspect of Fall and Halloween I like are Scarecrows but I have yet to tackle that creative challenge. It is on my list of things of decorating items I would like to make! I have promised myself that when time allows I will cross this off of my list…. okay time management is for another subject. lol

Here a Few Fun Facts about Halloween!

Did you ever wonder how Orange and Black came to represent Halloween Colors?

Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

The First Jack O’Lantern

The Irish carved Turnips and put coals or small candles inside. They were placed outside their homes on All Hallow’s Eve to ward off evil spirits. They were also known to use potatoes and Rutabagas.

When Irish Immigrants came to America, they quickly discovered that Jack O’Lanterns were much easier to carve out and began using them. This truly neat tradition quickly spread to the general population in America and elsewhere.

Others believe that the first Jack O’Lanterns came from the Story of Stingy Jack.

Halloween Costumes

The custom of wearing costumes or masks comes from the Celtic tradition of young men impersonating evil spirits by dressing in white costumes and blackened faces or masks in attempt to ward off the spirits.

Hope you enjoyed my little trip into Halloween! Thanks for stopping by 🙂