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Clearance Stash Busting Basket Pattern

I am a complete sucker for clearance items. Years ago we were walking through Lowes and I saw a cow garden ornament marked down a ridiculous amount in the clearance section. Yep, you guessed it…I bought it. Brought it home and named it Clarence the Clearance Cow. To this day we still refer to clearance as clarence in my house.

As much as I love long walks down the clearance aisles at Target, I love yarn clearance all the more. So last year when everyone on Facebook started posting pics of their yarn hauls, it was like there was an unstoppable force calling me to Hobby Lobby. Oh boy did I go. I probably drug my husband and children to HL 4 or 5 times during the yarn clearance event. I also live in a very large city, so I have 3 Hobby Lobby locations at my disposal!

Unfortunately, my eye for a great deal doesn’t always come with a plan. But how could you say no to a $5.99 yarn being marked down to $1.49???? Or ILTY for $.99?!?! They just jumped into my basket. Fortunately I finally thought of a great use for some of my skeins of Yarn Bee First Love. If you’re like me, you very likely still have some in your stash too! If you don’t, any bulky #5 weight yarn held with a worsted #4 yarn should work, just make sure you do a swatch to make sure your fabric is strong and won’t dip.

Which brings me to the other reason I came up with this pattern. I love baskets. Especially since watching Tidying Up on Netflix. I’ve been discouraged by basket patterns in the past, because every pattern I’ve tried has turned out floppy. I wanted to design a basket that could hold its own. And this one truly does. I still want to test it in larger dimensions, but I believe this method will hold up. I also love this pattern because it is so versatile! Continue increasing to get a larger base, or make a short basket by stopping whenever it is tall enough. As long as you have final stitch count that is an even number, you’re good to go!

I would say that this is an intermediate pattern because we are using a more advanced stitch with the front post treble crochet, but once you get the hang of the placement of the first row of fptr, it’s a breeze! Just remember that in the anatomy of a stitch, the loops that you crochet your stitch into come before the post of that stitch. So when you’re finding your stitch two rows below to place your first fptr, follow the stitch down and put your fptr around the post to the left (or right if you are left-handed).

Love that stitch definition!

Materials:
6.0 mm J crochet hook
One 5 oz skein of Yarn Bee First Love for medium size or smaller; 3 skeins for large
Approx 3.5 oz of worsted weight (size 4/medium weight) yarn for medium size or smaller in a complimentary color. Approx 7 oz for large basket. I used Lion Brand Pound of Love, I Love This Yarn, and Big Twist Value.
Large eye tapestry needle

Gauge:
Gauge is not terribly important for this basket, but the first four rounds of mine measure 5.5″ across. The important thing is that you don’t want the basket to be floppy, so if you have a loose tension, you might want to try a smaller hook.

Finished Size:
Extra Small: 2.5 inches high X 4.5 inches in diameter
Small: 5 inches high X 6 inches in diameter
Medium: 7.5 inches high with optional edging X 7 inches in diameter
Large: 10 inches high X 12 inches in diameter

Pattern Notes:
Pattern written using US terms in the round without turning the work.
I do not count the turning chain as a stitch. I prefer to join my rounds with a slip stitch to the first stitch (not turning chain), but you can join in your preferred method.
Each size has a different final row to showcase a few of the many options available for finishing your baskets.

Terms and Abbreviations:
dc double crochet
sc single crochet
blo back loop only
fptr front post treble crochet*
sk skip
st/sts stitch/stitches
ch chain
sl st slip stitch

*Front Post Treble Crochet (fptr): yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back around the post of indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). [Yarn over and draw through two loops] 3 times.

If you would like a PDF version of this pattern, you can download it for FREE on Ravelry.

Clearance Stash Busting Basket Pattern – Extra Small

Round 1: Holding both yarns together, make a magic ring, ch 2 and make 12 dc in ring. Join, ch 2. (12 st)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around. Join, ch 2. (24 st)
Round 3: *2dc in first st, dc in next* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (36 st)
Round 4: sc around in blo. Join, ch 1. (36 st)
Round 5: sc around. Join, ch 1. (36 st)
Round 6: *sc in first stitch, fptr around next stitch two rows below (see picture). Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (36 st)
Round 7: sc around. Join, ch1. (36 st)
Round 8: *fptr around first stitch two rows below. Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (36 st)
NOTE: The bottom of the fptr you are working should line up with the top of the fptr from two rounds before.
Round 9: sc around. Finish off. (36 st)

Clearance Stash Busting Basket Pattern – Small

This is Yarnie the Potted Plant modeling the small basket.
Here’s hoping I can keep him alive!

Round 1: Holding both yarns together, make a magic ring, ch 2 and make 12 dc in ring. Join, ch 2. (12 st)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around. Join, ch 2. (24 st)
Round 3: *2dc in first st, dc in next* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (36 st)
Round 4: *2dc in first st, dc in next 2 st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (48 st)
Round 5: sc around in blo. Join, ch 1. (48 st)
Round 6: sc around. Join, ch 1. (48 st)
Round 7: *sc in first stitch, fptr around next stitch two rows below (see picture). Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (48 st)
Round 8: sc around. Join, ch1. (48 st)
Round 9: *fptr around first stitch two rows below. Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (48 st)
NOTE: The bottom of the fptr you are working should line up with the top of the fptr from two rounds before.
Rounds 10-17: Repeat rounds 6-9 two more times. Finish off.
I ended with row 9 due to the height of my planter. If you want a more finished edge, repeat row 6 one more time.

Placement of first fptr on second sc two rows below.
Side note: As long as you place it on one of the first two sc stitches from two rows below, the pattern will work. I did it both ways and you can’t tell a difference!

Clearance Stash Busting Basket Pattern – Medium

The medium size is great for a yarn basket! It hugs a Mandala cake nicely as well.
And of course I can’t help but show off my Furls hooks.

Round 1: Holding both yarns together, magic ring, ch 2 and make 12 dc in ring. Join, ch 2. (12 st)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around. Join, ch 2. (24 st)
Round 3: *2dc in first st, dc in next* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (36 st)
Round 4: *2dc in first st, dc in next 2 st* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (48 st)
Round 5: *2dc in first st, dc in next 3 st* repeat around. Join, ch 1 (60 st)
Round 6: sc around in blo. Join, ch 1. (60 st)
Round 7: sc around. Join, ch 1. (60 st)
Round 8: *sc in first stitch, fptr around next stitch two rows below (see picture). Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (60 st)
Round 9: sc around. Join, ch1. (60 st)
Round 10: *fptr around first stitch two rows below. Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (60 st)
NOTE: The bottom of the fptr you are working should line up with the top of the fptr from two rounds before.
Rounds 11-22: Repeat rounds 7-10 three more times.
Optional scalloped edging: *sc in first st, sk 2 st, 5dc in next (this should be in a sc), sk 2 st, sc in next (should be in fptr)* 10 times. Join with sl st to first sc. Finish off.
Medium size will use one skein of First Love with a little over 1 yard to spare after weaving in ends.

Clearance Stash Busting Basket Pattern – Large

Round 1: Holding both yarns together, magic ring, ch 2 and make 12 dc in ring. Join, ch 2. (12 st)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around. Join, ch 2. (24 st)
Round 3: *2dc in first st, dc in next* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (36 st)
Round 4: *2dc in first st, dc in next 2 st* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (48 st)
Round 5: *2dc in first st, dc in next 3 st* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (60 st)
Round 6: *2dc in first st, dc in next 4 st* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (72 st)
Round 7: *2dc in first st, dc in next 5 st* repeat around. Join, ch 2. (84 st)
Round 8: *2dc in first st, dc in next 6 st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (96 st)
Round 9: sc around in blo. Join, ch 1. (96 st)
Round 10: sc around. Join, ch 1. (96 st)
Round 11: *sc in first stitch, fptr around next stitch two rows below (see picture). Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1. (96 st)
Round 12: sc around. Join, ch 1. (96 st)
Round 13: *fptr around first stitch two rows below. Sk st, sc in next st* repeat around. Join, ch 1.
Rounds 14-33: Repeat rounds 10-13 five more times. Drop bulky yarn before ch 1 of last round.
Round 34: With worsted weight yarn only, ch 1 and sc around. Join and finish off. (96 st)

NOTE: The bottom of the fptr you are working should line up with the top of the fptr from two rounds before.

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