Moroccan Basket

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I knew I wanted to make a basket, and I knew I wanted to use Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick… and when I started crocheting, the Moroccan Basket just flew off my hook!

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The Moroccan Basket brings back one of my favorites – the Moroccan Tile Stitch – and pairs it with chunky yarn in a handy and attractive basket that works up fast! The basket is lined with another layer of crochet, making it even more useful and sturdy. And I think it looks better for it too!

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Moroccan Basket

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Liner: (make this portion first, with Color B)

Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc 12 in the ring; join to work in the round. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2dc in each st around; join. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in the first st, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st; repeat from *, join. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 2 sts, *2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 2 sts; repeat from *, join. (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 2. dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st; repeat from *, join. (60 sts)

Round 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 4 sts, *2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 4 sts; repeat from *, join. (72 sts)

Round 7 – 14: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join. (72 sts) After Round 14, break yarn and finish off. Turn this bowl Wrong Side out, so that the Right Side will face up when inserted in the Outer.

Outer: (make this portion second, then add the liner when instructed)

Round 1: With Color A, make a magic circle, ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc 12 in the ring; join to work in the round. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2dc in each st around; join. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in the first st, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st; repeat from *, join. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 2 sts, *2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 2 sts; repeat from *, join. (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 2. dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st; repeat from *, join. (60 sts)

Round 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, dc in the next 4 sts, *2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 4 sts; repeat from *, join. (72 sts)

Round 7: (CLICK HERE for a video tutorial for this round) Ch 2, dc in next st (counts as dc2tog), ch 1, dc2tog in same st as 2nd half of previous st and next st, *dc2tog in next 2 sts, ch 1, dc2tog in same st as 2nd half of previous st and next st; repeat from *, join to top of 1st dc2tog, pull up loop and remove hook. (24 ch-1 sps)

Round 8: With Color B, join with sl st and ch 4 in 1st ch-1 sp of previous round, dc in the same ch sp (V st made), *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to end, pull active loop and working yarn of Color A to front of fabric, then join to top of ch 3, remove hook from loop, pull up loop and remove hook. (24 ch-1 sps)

Round 9: Replace hook in active loop of Color A, ch 4, dc between first and last V of the row before the previous round (NOT in the ch sp, but between the dc2tog sts), *(dc, ch 1, dc) in the next sp between dc2tog sts of round before the previous round, enclosing previous round; repeat from *, leave working yarn and active loop of Color B behind fabric, join to top of ch 3, remove hook from loop, pull up loop and remove hook. (24 ch-1 sps)

Round 10: Insert hook in the ch sp of the first V st of the previous round, replace hook in active loop of Color B and pull it through the V to the front, leaving working yarn behind, ch 4, dc in the ch sp of that first V, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from *, pull active loop and working yarn of Color A to front of fabric, then join to top of ch 3, remove hook from loop, pull up loop and remove hook. (24 ch-1 sps)

Round 11:  Replace hook in active loop of Color A, ch 4, dc between first and last V of the row before the previous round (NOT in the ch sp, but between the Vs), *(dc, ch 1, dc) in the next sp between V sts of round before the previous round, enclosing previous round; repeat from *, leave working yarn and active loop of Color B behind fabric, join to top of ch 3, remove hook from loop, pull up loop and remove hook. (24 ch-1 sps)

Round 12: Repeat Round 10.

Round 13 – 18: Repeat Rounds 11 – 12. Break Color B after Round 18.

Round 19: Repeat Round 9.

Round 20: Insert Liner into basket, Wrong Sides together. Continuing with Color A and working through both Outer and Liner in each st, ch 1, *sc in next dc (and next st of liner), sc in ch-1 sp (and next st of liner), sc in next dc (and next st of liner); repeat from *, join. (72 sts)

Round 21: Ch 1, sc in next 5 sts, ch 10, skip 10 sts, sc in next 26 sts, ch 10, skip 10 sts, sc in last 21 sts; join. (52 sc, 20 ch)

Round 22: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch around; join. (72 sts)

Round 23 – 24: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join. After Round 24, break yarn and finish off. (72 sts)

And that’s it! The liner adds a solid interior so the basket isn’t see through at all, as well as making it sit up pretty. And the handles are just the right side for carrying it wherever you need it to be! I hope you enjoy this free crochet basket pattern!

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Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2016, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. To print this pattern for personal use, please use the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the pattern. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Jen S says

    Oh!!! I love this! I have no reason to make it … Quick! Give me a reason to make this!!! I need to have this.

  2. 13

    Carolina peralta says

    This is a nice basket. I’m a new learner and wanted to make things like this. I would like to know if there is a video tutorial available.

  3. 19

    Chickie says

    Hi Tamara, love the basket and in the process of making it now. Question on Round 9 … since round 7 of the Outer was a dc2tog rather than traditional v-stitches, and there was only a ch1 every 2nd dc2tog, shouldn’t we be working our new colour over the dc2tog ‘join’ stitch? The ch1 space was already worked into from round 7 when we did round 8 and created the first true v-stitches. I hope I’m making sense… there are no more ch1 spaces left to work into by the time we get to row 9

    • 24

      Kay says

      Help, my outer basket came out much smaller than my liner. My stitch count for inner is correct and I think the outside is correct.

      • 25

        Tamara Kelly says

        Hi Kay! If it’s just too short, you can add a row or two (or three) to get to the same height! If it’s narrower around, then there’s another issue, as they should have the same stitch count.

      • 26

        Debbie says

        I had the same issue. I counted and re-counted. My stitch count is correct, but the circumference of my liner was larger than my inner. I used the same exact yarn and hook. I ended up “joining” two stiches of the liner to one of the outer in 4 places spaced throughout, when I connected the liner to the outer. There are a few “bulges” on the liner, that could probably be stretched out, but I’ve decided that, since I made it for myself, I’ll leave it. I plan to make another basket for my aunt, and I think I’m going to reduce the stitch count around the liner by 3.

        • 27

          Tamara Kelly says

          Hi Debbie! Sorry for the trouble – I’m not sure how that happened, but it sounds like you’ve found a good solution! :)

  4. 32

    Tammy says

    Can you do a tutorial of photos or a short video? I got to Round 8 of the outer portion and have no idea what I am supposed to do. I also read round 9 and this left me equally as confused! So now I am stuck and would really like to do this basket! Thank you!!

  5. 36

    Nancy Craig says

    Thanks for the great looking pattern….love that it is lined and your color choice is really great. Going to make and then decide on use – maybe a gift (for ME!)

    Thanks for all you share with us! :)

  6. 38

    Rebecca L says

    LOVE it! I’m really into baskets lately, and this is awesome, as always!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

    Rebecca L

  7. 40

    cynthia says

    I am quite new to crocheting, but I do love. If i TRY this….is it stiff enough to stand up well, or does it need stiffening? I made a little set of 3 baskets with lids as my first project as a Christmas gift, not knowing about stiffening at the time, and it was necessary for me to cut that plastic canvas stuff to line them. That did the trick, but….can you even stiffen something large like this?

    • 41

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Cynthia! The liner on this one helps make it stiff – that and the small hook combined with chunky yarn. But of course it is yarn, and will fold and bend without *too* much effort. You could use plastic canvas around the body if you like!

  8. 42

    says

    Hi, Tamara!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but somehow never write a comment. You are a great crocheter and writer, it is always a pleasure to read your posts :)
    This basket is amazing – I like how the colour pops through the otside layer! I am definitely adding it to my bookmarks, so I can crochet one like this in the future :)

    Thank you for your hard work!

  9. 46

    Diana says

    “dc2tog in next 2 sts, ch 1, dc2tog in same st as 2nd half of previous st and next st”
    Does this mean that I would dc2tog over two stitches chain one and go back into the same stitch for the first part of the stitch and in the next empty stitch to complete it? then use the next two empty stitches for the next dc2tog? Do you have a video or ? something so I can see where to put the stitches?

  10. 48

    Shinobu says

    Hi, thanks for the great idea. I’m really confused about Outer Row 7, if I follow the instruction as is, there seem to be too many stitches. And the row gets stretched, won’t hold up. Do you have either video or photo instruction for Row 7, 8 and 9? If I can see the photo of Row 7, I’d get much better idea. Thanks!

    • 49

      Tamara Kelly says

      In Row 7, there should be 24 ch-1 sps, with a dc2tog on each side of the ch-1. It won’t stand on it’s own – the liner and following rows help it. I don’t have a video for Row 7, but the video for Rows 8-9 are included in the video links in the pattern, after the yarn/hook/etc. I may do a video for Row 7 in the future.

      • 50

        Shinobu says

        Tamara, Thank you very much. Actually V-shape part (Row 8, 9..) wasn’t bad at all. If there is a picture of Row 7, that’ll already help a great deal. I sort of get the idea, instead of empty V shape, you fill up that space with DC2tog. I’ll try again. The pattern is beautiful, I may try to apply in different things.

        • 52

          Shinobu says

          Tamara, it worked! I unwound “regular” Moroccan stitches with empty V’s and re-started. It’s genius, as you said, the basket started to “stand up”! I was right at the first time, but your confirmation really helped, so on Row 7 you have tiny empty V and sort of two reverse V filled up, and Row 8 picks up the small V. This is far better than “regular” Moroccan stitches at the bottom. Thank you very much.

  11. 54

    Gloria Sterrett says

    I finished it with a few probs couldn t find the tut. at first. Still had some probs and thee are some mistakes.
    But I love it and think it turned out great!!!you very much for the pattern and your hard and talented work!!

  12. 58

    Karen Schulz says

    Hi Tamara- Is there a print friendly button for the Moroccan tile basket?

    I am picking up yarn tomorrow to get started :-)

    • 60

      Jan P. says

      Hi Karen,

      It’s kind of hidden there at the bottom, I also had a hard time finding it. It’s below Tamara’s copyright info and just below the row of icons for sharing with all the different sites like facebook, twitter etc. and right above the RELATED POSTS heading on the bottom left. Hope that helps :)

    • 63

      Tamara Kelly says

      It doesn’t go down to 24 stitches, it’s 24 repeats – if you just count the ch-1 sps, as directed in the count, then there will be 24 of them. :)

  13. 66

    Marjon says

    It was nice to make this basket. A have to translate it in Dutch but with help of the tutorial i have complet it.
    Happy with the basket. Maybe i make another one too.

    Marjon

  14. 68

    Traci says

    Completed the basket this week….proud of my new learning! Thank you for such a wonderful project pattern and I love the colour choice! The video links were quitter helpful as well.

  15. 70

    Linda says

    Love this pattern. I’ve just made 2 in super quick time and I can see me making more. In fact I use use a lot of your patterns as my favourite ‘go to’ for gifts. Always a pleasure to find a new Moogly design. Thanks Tamara, keep up the good work.
    Linda (in UK)

  16. 75

    Sonia says

    Help! I’m having a hard time understanding round 7. Please explain what, “dc2tog in next 2 sts, ch1, dc2tog in same at as 2nd half of previous st and next st” mean. I’m just not getting it, and I’ve crocheted over 35yrs. Please help me…..

    • 76

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Sonia! I’m sorry for the confusion – I’ll be making a video tutorial for this next, hopefully releasing it this week!

  17. 77

    Nancy Peck says

    I’m working on liner. When get to beginning of a round and chain two before making double crochets (rounds 3 +) get a hole.
    What would happen to pattern if I leave out the chain two’s and go directly from last round to double crochets of next round?

  18. 81

    Vicki L says

    Just fished making the basket,, had to watch the video re: row 7, but overall a really easy project. I made this for my daughter’s birthday but am sorely tempted to keep it for myself☺ Guess I’ll have to make one for myself!

  19. 83

    Gail says

    Dear Tamera: I cannot find the green print button. I want to make your Moroccan basket for personal use only. Please help! Thanks.

    • 84

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Gail! If you are on mobile, I’m afraid it won’t show up – this is a recently discovered problem and we’re still trying to find something that will work on mobile without breaking the site. So for now, I have to recommend that you go to PrintFriendly.com and enter the URL of the pattern there to create the printable copy. It’s one more step, but it works!

      If you aren’t on mobile and just aren’t spotting it, it should be right below the social media share buttons, and right above the related posts. :)

  20. 87

    Liz says

    I made one basket and it is beautiful. However, the liner was a bit bigger than the outer basket. I am not very good with following instructions. For the liner, I’m wondering if the ch 2 at the beginning of each round substitutes for the first dc. I did ch2 AND a dc in first stitch.

    • 88

      Tamara Kelly says

      The ch 2 does not count as a st, so you don’t crochet into it, and do crochet into the first st.

  21. 89

    Sandra says

    What is the diameter measurement of the finished liner? Mine seems too large and I’ve used lots of yarn. I checked gauge before beginning. Thank you.

  22. 94

    prashanthy says

    I have problem with the pattern, i made 13 stitches, since you said that ch2 should not be counted a stitch, when i follow the pattern for round -1 , am getting correct 24 stitches in the next round. but my Round – 3 doesn’t have 36 stitches. Please help me with this. I really want to make this basket for my daughter.

    IF you cud share the video to make this magic circle it will be a great help to me.

    • 95

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Prashanthy! The video tutorial for the magic circle is linked above in the notes. When making Round 3, you alternate – 1 st in a st, then 2 sts in the next st, then 1 st in the next st, then 2 sts in the next st, etc. This means you will work 1 st in 12 sts, and 2 sts in 12 sts, so that you’ll have 36 sts at the end of Round 3. Does that help?

      • 96

        Prashanthy says

        I will try as per this. But please let me know how many stiches are there in Round -1 if we count ch2 together. Is it 13.

        • 97

          Tamara Kelly says

          If you were to count the ch2, it would make 13. But you never crochet into the ch 2, so it should not be counted as a stitch.

  23. 98

    Donna says

    Is this scalable? I’d like to make this in three sizes. Also I have none of that yarn in my stash and would like to substitute double strand of worsted. Would that work?
    Thanks

    • 99

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Donna! Great question! Since you want to use worsted, the easiest way to make 3 sizes would be to make one using 1 strand of yarn, one using 2 strands, and one using 3 strands! Changing the hook size to fit each of course. :)

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