Here is a small crochet coiled basket that took an afternoon to make. It measures about 5 inches across and about 3 inches deep. I made it with yarn crocheted over the top of plastic-coated wire clothesline cord. To see other versions and instructions for crochet coiled baskets, check out these previous blog posts:
Crochet Coiled Basket Experiment and Crochet Coiled Basket Guidelines & Ideas
Photo Tutorial for a Small Crochet Coiled Basket
My husband bought this yarn for me. Isn’t he a sweetie? This is Red Heart with Love yarn in Waterlily. I used a size G crochet hook.
Chain 4 and close with a slip stitch. Row 1: 8 sc in circle. Row 2: 2 sc in each sc for a total of 16 stitches.
Third Row: 2 sc in each stitch around. 32 total stitches. Mark last sc with a stitch marker. Fourth Row: *1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 40 total stitches. Move stitch marker to the last sc in this round. For next round, begin crocheting over the clothesline.
Pull up a loop to begin a single crochet stitch. Lay the clothesline cord over the top of the yarn, and then lay the crochet hook over the clothesline. Then do the yarn-over step of the single crochet stitch. Finish the single crochet stitch as usual.
Here’s what it looks like after the first few single-crochet stitches over the clothesline cord. Starting with this round, do one sc in each sc of the previous row. Don’t do any increases. This will create a basket with straight sides.
Continue single-crocheting over clothesline cord. Insert hook into sc of previous row and under the cord…
…pull up a loop and then yarn-over and complete the sc stitch
Here’s what it looks like on the back side
Here’s what it looks like on the front side
Here it is about 3/4 of the way around on the first round with the clothesline cord. Do not close the round. Just add a stitch marker when you come back around to the beginning. This is a coiled basket so it is done in a continuous spiral fashion with no distinction between rows. Using a stitch marker to keep track of the end of one row and the beginning of the next is helpful to know where to end the final round. I did 7 rounds with the clothesline cord. You can do less or more depending upon how shallow or deep you want your basket to be.
As you come around to the end of your final row, cut the clothesline cord. Be sure it is long enough to reach the end of the row.
The final stitches of the last round of clothesline cord.
Do a round of single crochet stitches
Final round of single crochet stitches completed. At this point you can stop or you could do a round of crab stitch (backwards single crochet) to give it a more finished look. You could also use a yarn needle and whip-stitch all the way around. Or you can do a ruffly finishing round as in the next photo.
For a ruffly border, do 3 sc stitches in each sc of the previous row. Slip stitch to close round and then weave in the tail.