Want to make your child an Easter basket they will cherish always? Keep reading to see the free pattern for an adorable crochet bunny Easter Basket.
A couple of years ago, I made my kids all a homemade Easter basket. I wanted baskets that could be reused from year to year instead of the Wal-mart 97 cent specials we usually bought. I treasure things my grandmother made me when I was little, so I hope my kids feel the same way about the baskets I made them. They certainly were created with lots of love!
The above is my youngest daughter’s bunny basket . I found a pattern on Lionbrand’s website that I liked, but it was really too small – especially since I sometimes like to get DVDs to go in the kids’ baskets.
I ended up adapting the Lionbrand pattern to fit over a Gladware bowl to make it sturdier. The handle is reinforced with plastic canvas. I think it is sufficiently different from the Lionbrand one that I can feel safe in posting it here. It turned out pretty cute and was pretty easy to complete. It took me about 6 hours from start to finish.
Crochet Bunny Easter Basket Pattern
- 1 skein white yarn (I used a 7 oz skein and have plenty left over.)
- Size H (5.00 MM) crochet hook – I like these Crochet Dude Hooks because they are padded!
- a 7 cup plastic bowl (see notes at end for adapting the pattern if you have a different sized bowl)
- plastic canvas needle
- 1 sheet pink felt
- 1 package floral cloth wire in white
- 1 – 2 inch pink pom pom
- 2 – 28 mm googly eyes
- 1 sheet of plastic canvas
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue or a Glue Gun
Do not join rnds, unless otherwise stated. With white, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sts)
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (24 sts)
Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (30 sts)
Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (36 sts)
Rnd 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (42 sts)
Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (48 sts)
Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (54 sts)
Rnd 10: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (60 sts)
Rnd 11: * working in bls only, sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (66 sts)
Rnd 12: * working in both loops, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (72 sts)
Rnd 13-26: sc in eact st around (72 sts)
Rnd 27: Place plastic bowl in basket and work with it in place from this point on. * sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, rep from * around (66 sts)
Rnd 28: * sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, rep from * around (60 sts)
Rnd 29: * sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog, rep from * around (54 sts)
Rnd 30: * sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, rep from * around (48 sts)
Rnd 31: * sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog, rep from * around (42 sts)
Finish off. If your bowl has a lip, stuff a small amount of fiberfill in between the bowl and crocheted basket to disguise and shape.
Note: To adapt for different sized bowls, check at rnd 10. The circle should cover the bottom of the bowl. If not, add or decrease rounds until it fits following the same pattern for increasing stitches. Then continue with remaining the rounds, but note that the stitch counts will be off.
Cut a piece of plastic canvas 7×90 holes. This will be used to reinforce the handle.
Row 1: Ch 49. Dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.
Row 2-4: Ch 2, dc in each st across.
Fold in half the long way and insert plastic canvas piece. Stitch the handle shut, leaving ends open to sew to basket.
Ears (Make 2)
With white, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Work in rnds
Rnd 2: Sc in each st around – 4 sts.
Rnd 3: Work 2 sc in each st around – 8 sts.
Rnd 4: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: *1 sc in next st, 2sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
Rnd 6: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around – 16 sts.
Rnds 8-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around – 20 sts.
Rnds 12-26: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 27: (Sc2tog) around – 10 sts. Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew ear to basket. Stuff lightly if desired. I found it beneficial to reinforce ears with white pipe cleaners so they would stand up.
- Using picture for placement, take 6 pieces of floral wire and insert behind a stitch in the middle of what will be the bunny’s face. Tie the floral wire around this stitch so it will stay put. I still glued this in place as added security. Then spread out the wire so it looks like whiskers.
- Glue the large pink pom pom in place in the middle of the whiskers.
- Glue on the google eyes, referring to picture for placement.
- Trace the crocheted ears on to the pink felt. You are going to want them a little bit smaller than that so some of the white shows around the edge. What I did was cut about 1/2 inch inside that line to make the inside of the ears. Glue on to the white crocheted ears.
- Sew the ears on either side of the face, making sure they are both equally spaced from the eyes.
- Sew in the handle ends.
This crochet bunny Easter basket is copyright Jennifer Voss. Pattern may not be sold or distributed in anyway.
If you make this Crochet Bunny Easter Basket, I would love to hear how it turns out. If you find any errors in the pattern, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know so I can correct it. So tell me…. Are you making any crafts for Easter?