The Simple Crochet Gnome Basket is a big, chonky, easy, and free crochet pattern on Moogly! Featuring Bernat Plush Big, this pattern is perfect for holiday decor and gift giving - and it works up in one afternoon, with less than 3 skeins of yarn!
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Grab your favorite shades of Bernat Plush Big
One of the rules for the Giftstravaganza Blog Hop is that we could only use 3 skeins of yarn or less - and this one fits the bill! One skein of Bernat Plush Big makes the hat, another makes the body, and a little bit of a third makes the beard. Which colors you pick are up to you (though I do recommend white or off-white for the beard)!
Of course, you can make this pattern with any yarn - like Bernat Plush! You'll get the same look with this yarn, but a much smaller finished project. You can get an idea of the size differences by looking at the Plush Pumpkin Basket! If you switch out the yarns, be sure to use a hook that is a size or two smaller than what's recommended on the label, for a nice firm fabric.
Fill It With Goodies... or Hide the Mess!
One of the things I'm excited about for this project is the way I worked Rnd 4 of the Base. This has created the most stable crochet-only basket base I've ever made, and I see myself using this technique a lot in the future. The edge is nice and "sharp" and the stability is unmatched - I can't wait to hear what you think! It should stand up to whatever you stuff in it!
The Simple Crochet Gnome Basket is a generous size, perfect for gifting as is, or filling with special treats. Or if you're like me, you'll put all those odds and ends in it that tend to clutter up the table. Make a whole crew to keep your counters clean for you this season! If only they did the actual holiday cleaning...
Simple Crochet Gnome Basket
US-Q, 16.0 mm hook, Susan Bates
90 yds Bernat Plush Big (#7 Jumbo; 100% Polyester; 250 g/8.8 oz, 41 m/45 yds)
Colorways Shown: Brick, Frosted Leaf, Storm Blue, Off White
Yardage: Base - 45 yds; Top - 35 yds; Beard - 10 yds
Gauge: 5 sts x 4 rows = 4" (10 cm) in hdc
Size: approx 7" across x 13" tall assembled
HELPFUL LINKS AND TUTORIALS
3-dc popcorn - work 3 dc in indicated st, remove hook from active loop, insert hook in top of first dc made, insert hook in active loop, pull active loop through top of dc st.
Rnds of Base and Top are worked in a spiral.
Do not ch 1 at the beginning of a rnd or join any rnds with a sl st unless specifically directed in the pattern.
Move a stitch marker along the first st of each rnd as you work to keep track of your progress.
Be sure to read the additional Notes below for each specific section.
Simple Crochet Gnome Basket INSTRUCTIONS:
Base of Gnome Basket
Rnd 1: Make a magic circle, sc in the ring, hdc 9 in the ring. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. (20 sts)
Rnd 3: *Hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around. (30 sts)
Rnd 4: Hdc in BLO and back 3rd loop of each st around.
Rnds 5 and 6: Hdc in each st around.
NOTE: Yarn is sold by weight, not yardage. Some skeins have more yardage than others due to the difference in dye weights. If needed to complete the pattern, eliminate Rnd 6.
Rnd 7: *Hdc2tog, hdc in next 8 sts; rep from * around. (27 sts)
Rnd 8: Hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 11 sts, 3-dc popcorn in next st, sc in next 13 sts, sl st in first st of rnd, break yarn and seamless join to second st of rnd.
Beard of Gnome Basket
NOTE: Leave a long tail at the beginning and end of this piece for sewing later.
Row 1: Ch 4, skip the ch closest to the hook, sc in the next ch, hdc in the next ch, dc in the last ch; turn. (3 sts)
Row 2: CSDC in the first st, hdc in the next st, sc in the last st; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the first st, hdc in the next st, dc in the last st; turn.
Rows 4 - 9: Rep Rows 2 and 3. After Row 9, break yarn and finish off.
Add the Beard to the Base
Using the long tails left on the beard, sew the sides of Row 1 and Row 9 of the beard along the top of the basket, going around the nose, as shown below.
Top of Gnome Basket
NOTE: Rnd 2 - 12 of the Top are all worked in the BLO.
Rnd 1: Make a magic circle, sc 3 in the ring. (3 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around. (6 sts) Weave in the first end now.
Rnd 3: *Sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st; rep from * around. (9 sts)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 2 sts; rep from * around. (12 sts)
Rnd 5: *Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st; rep from * around. (15 sts)
Rnd 6: *Sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around. (18 sts)
Rnd 7: *Sc in the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st; rep from * around. (21 sts)
Rnd 8: *Sc in the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
Rnd 9: *2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 7 sts; rep from * around. (27 sts)
Rnd 10: *Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 6 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
Rnd 11: *2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around until 2 sts rem, sc in the last 2 sts. (37 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc in the next st, sl st in the next st, break yarn and seamless join in the next st. Place on top of the basket as the lid!
Ready to go Gnome for the Holidays?
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