Skipping right to Easter from St. Patrick’s Day, here are a couple of miniature crochet patterns for a basket and bonnet. Each could be used for home decor, party favors, or a gift wrap decoration.
You’ll need to experiment with the thread size. An exact size wasn’t given for the thread used so depending on what size you’d like your basket or hat to be when finished will determine the size to use.
In crochet terms a higher size number thread equals a smaller circumference. An example is Size 5 crochet thread is thicker than Size 10 thread, and Size 10 is thicker than Size 20. The finest and most delicate crochet thread is Size 100.
I searched around the web and found that most miniature crochet patterns used either size 10, 20 or 30 thread. These patterns were originally meant for Cinderella Slipper Tinsel or Glisten crochet thread, but I couldn’t find it available anywhere.
I didn’t have time to crochet one of these. I’m hoping to try one over the weekend, so I don’t know the exact measurements for the completed project. They weren’t listed in the publication. If you make one, please let us know the size and post a picture on our Facebook fan page.
Steel Crochet Hook #10
Crochet Cotton thread Size 10 or
Aunt Lydia’s Extra Fine Crochet Thread (Size 30)
Fabric Stiffening Product
Craft Spray Clear Sealer
Find Abbreviations Chart below patterns
Ch 4. Join with a sl st to form a ring.
Ch 4, work 7 dc in center ring with a ch 1 in between each dc. (8 spaces). Join with a sl st.
Ch 5, work 1 dc in first sp * ch 3, work 1 dc in next sp. Repeat from * to complete rd. Join.
Ch 5, work 1 dc in first sp, * ch 3, work 1 dc in next sp, ch 3, work 1 dc in same sp. Repeat from * for 1 rd.
Ch 3, rep. above rd with only 1 ch in between ea dc. Join.
Ch 3, work 1 dc in ea sp ard with a ch 1 in between ea dc. Join.
Ch 1, work 2 sc in ea sp ard. Ch 1, work 1 sc in ea st ard, and repeat above rd once. Join.
Ch 4, work 1 dc in next st, * skip 1 st, ch 2, and work 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to complete rd.
Ch 4, work 1 dc in first sp, * ch 1, work 1 dc in same sp, ch 1 work 1 dc in next sp. Repeat from * to complete rd. Join.
Ch 4, work 1 dc in ea sp ard with a ch 1 in between. Join.
Ch 1, work 1 sc in ea st ard. End off.
STIFFENING: Use paper or other material to make a mold to drape the crown of the hat over. Follow the directions on a fabric stiffening product, but before hat is thoroughly dry, pinch around top of crown to form the hat shape. Carefully remove mold while still damp, then allow the hat to continue to dry. Apply a light coat of clear hobby spray lacquer/sealer when completely dry. Embellish with ribbon and flowers.
Row 1: Ch 5, l0 sc in circle. Do not join. (Place a marker in last sc of each row).
Row 2: l sc in first st, 2 sc in next (15 sc)
Row 3: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 3rd st. (20 sc)
Row 4: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 4th st. (25 sc)
Row 5: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 5th st. (30 sc)
Row 6: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 6th st. (35 sc)
Row 7: (Work in back loop only) sc in each sc. Join.
Row 8: (Work in back loop only) sc in each sc, increasing l sc at end. (36 sc)
Row 9: Ch 3 *, skip l sc, l dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc. (shell made).
Skip next sc, dc in next. Repeat from *. Join.
Row 10: Ch 4 *, shell in next shell, ch 1, 1 dc in dc, ch l, repeat from *. Join in 3rd ch of ch 4.
Row 11: Repeat row 10.
Row 12: Repeat row 10, but work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in shells.
Row 13: Repeat row 10, but work 2 dc, ch l, 2 dc in shells.
Row 14: Ch 4, dc in same st, * 2 dc, ch l, 2 dc in shell, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in dc Repeat from *.
Row 15: Sl st to center of shell. Shell of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in shell, shell of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next shell. Repeat around.
Row 16: Sl st to center of shell. Shell of 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in each shell around. (18 shells). Join.
Row 17: Shell of 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in each shell. Join.
Row 18: Sl to center of shell, sc in same space *, ch 6, sc in space of next shell, repeat from * around. Join.
Row 19: 6 sc over each ch 6 loops. Break off.
HANDLE: Cut 21 lengths of thread 8 inches long. Braid in strands of 7 each. Knot the ends. Sew both ends tightly inside of basket between 9th and 10th shell on each side.
BASE OF BASKET: Holding base of basket away from you,
Row 1: 1 sc in each free loop of row 8.
Row 2: Work in back loop. l sc in each sc. Break off.
STIFFENING: Use a small glass to fit snugly into the basket to shape the bottom of the basket. While still damp, remove the glass and shape the top and handle with fingers. Flatten out the bottom ridge. At the top, shape out two rows as shown. Allow to dry.
hdc……..half double crochet
sl st……slip stitch
* (star) Repeat instructions immediately following * (star) across or around.