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Learn how to Crochet Cute Nesting Baskets

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In this blog post, I have a gorgeous project to share with you that will help keep your home tidy and your rooms organised. These cute crochet nesting baskets also make great gifts either by themselves or filled with treats as a hamper!

You could customise the colours so they match your home or the person you are making them for and fill them with all kinds of goodies depending what the recipient loves. These nesting baskets would also make a gorgeous baby shower gift either containing self care gifts for mum or baby bits ready for a new arrival.

Personally, I would love to receive something handmade like this filled with goodies. My baskets are filled with various things around the home, from holding my Beauty essentials, to my crochet hooks. You could use one as a super pretty plant pot, organise the kids toys or keep together all of your baby items in a nursery. Keep reading as I have a bonus video and more inspiration further down.

what will I learn?

As part of this blog post, there is a written pattern available you can find the link further down. Please note this isn’t my design, this was originally a collaboration however I have a video tutorial to help guide you step by step. In addition to showing you how crochet the nesting basket step by step, I’ll be walking you through the written pattern, so if you want to improve your pattern reading skills this is perfect for you!

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Crochet Patchwork Blanket

tools & materials

The yarn I used for this project is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in the shade Potpourri. I love the quality of this yarn, especially the Pink, Purple and Teal flecks of colour. These baskets are created using 2 strands of yarn together, which creates a much sturdier basket.

Sugar n' cream yarn in a cone next to a plant.
Lily Sugar n Cream Cone
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terms & abbreviations

  • Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, then pull through.
  • Slip Stitch(s): ss: Insert hook, yarn over, then pull through stitch and loop on hook.
  • Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Finally, Yarn over and then pull through remaining two loops.
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How to Crochet – A Handy Reference Guide eBook

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your crochet stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.

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pattern notes

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Gauge: 12 sc and 13 rows = 4″ [10 cm] with 2 strands of yarn worked together.
  • You will find a small, medium and large option to create as part of the pattern.
  • Written in US terms, however in the video I will be working in UK terms. It’s really handy to get to grips with both sets of terms as it can help you out a lot in the future.
  • Join all rnds with sl st to first sc.
3 nesting baskets filled with a plant, make up brushes and self care supplies.
Crochet Nesting baskets in the bathroom

nesting baskets pattern

Access the FREE written pattern for these Crochet Nesting Baskets HERE. I would highly recommend that you download and print out the pattern in order to follow along with the video to help improve your pattern reading skills.

Video tutorials

Please see below the time stamps to help you find the different parts of the pattern in the video:

Preparing yarn 3:22 | Foundation: 4:38 | Rd1: 5:44 | Rd2: 7:44 | Rd3: 9:36 | Rd4: 11.37 | Rd5: 13:59 | Rd6: 15:48 | Rd7: 17:44 | Rd8: 19:59 | Last rd: 20:51


I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

sarah-jayne

oval nesting basket pattern

A crochet oval basket with make up and creams in on a dressing table next to an eyelash curler.
Oval Nesting Baskets

Are you obsessed with crocheting nesting baskets? If like me you can’t get enough of these versatile baskets I have another design for you to try. Below is a video tutorial to make an oval basket which would make a perfect giftable hamper or storage for larger items around the home.

ideas to fill your nesting baskets

If you loved this project, maybe you’re now looking for other crochet projects to fill your basket with and give as a gift! Why not try making our crochet face scrubbies, wash cloth and a scrunchie to make the ultimate self care hamper? See below for lots of crochet gift ideas below for you to explore.

Crochet face scrubbies for a self care hamper photographed in a bathroom setting.

Face Scrubbies

These face scrubbies are made of a beautiful cotton yarn and super simple to make. A great luxury self care item thats gentle on the face to add to your baskets if gifting a hamper of self care goodies.

Wash Cloth

Another great addition to your self care hamper would be these lovely eco wash cloths. They are a great beginner make once again and there’s a step by step video tutorial to help you long the way.

A purple crocheted wash cloth on a wooden table with a vase of botanicals.
A girl putting her hair up into a ponytail with a handmade crochet scrunchie made from grey velvet yarn.

Crochet Scrunchies

Hair scrunchies are a lovely gift to add to a self care package for a friend or family member. Customise them to the colours they love and add a touch of luxury by using a velvet yarn.

Sleep Mask

To complete your handmade hamper, why not make this super adorable sleep mask? This will introduce cross stitch into your crochet skill set if you haven’t tried it before and makes the perfect self care gift yo yourself or someone else.

A lady laid down wearing a crochet eye mask with hearts on the eyes.

more crochet homeware

Crazy about crochet homeware? If you love the idea of crochet storage around the home, check out the ‘You can Crochet with Bella Coco’ book which features a pencil case pattern and a pattern to create another type of basket.

quick and easy crochet gifts

Do you love crocheting to give? If so I have so many quick and easy crochet gift ideas or a way to embellish your finished baskets? Check out our Crochet Hearts blog where we take you through more gift inspiration and also how to crochet hearts to embellish your finished crochet projects. They’re a great stash buster too if you’ve got any of that gorgeous Sugar ‘n Cream yarn left!

 
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18 Comments

  • Connie
    February 27, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I couldn’t download your pattern for the cute nesting Baskets
    Directions were confusing in downloading process. Please help!

    Reply
    • Sarah-Jayne
      February 28, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Connie. As the pattern is downloaded via the Yarnspirations website, I would suggest that you contact them for support as I do not have access to their database. Thanks.

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    • Jean Marsden
      May 3, 2021 at 11:51 am

      I agree, I couldn’t find the pattern, the link took me to ‘Yarnspirations’!

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      • BellaCocoTeam
        May 4, 2021 at 7:39 am

        Hi Jean, the pattern can be found on my blog at blog.bellacococrochet.com

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  • Makepeacemade
    March 9, 2019 at 9:59 am

    These are so cute! Yet another project to add to the list 🙂 Do you think they would wash well? I’m just thinking I could do some to have in my kitchen on my new shelves (when I eventually get them in) as part of the pretty, just for display type area. May also do some for the small one for her little trinkets and hair bits and bobs.

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 12, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Hi thank you for your comments, this is a cotton yarn so this can be machined washed on a cool setting as per the instructions on the yarn. 🙂

      Reply
  • Cheriesmiles
    March 30, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    This is the best project! So quick and easy. I’m a beginner too. It gave me so much confidence. I want to make so many more!!! Thank you so much!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 31, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      You’re very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Dorothy Stewart
    April 1, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I am in love with these little baskets. One question that I have that I can’t find the answer to in the written instructions is when you slip stitch to join your row and then chain one does that chain one count as your first single crochet? So for example on a medium you should have 40 single crochets if that chain one counts is a single crochet then you actually only add 39. My Stitch count keeps coming out different on every row.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 2, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Dorothy The chain one doesn’t count as a stitch which is why we make our first single crochet into the base of the chain It can be really easy to get mixed up on the stitch count when working in the round like this – are you making sure to use a stitch marker to mark out that very first stitch in the round? Hope this helps 🙂

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  • Jean Marsden
    June 20, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Sarah-Jayne, Thank you for a very clear video. I am making the large basket at the moment. Why do we need a stitch marker when building up the sides as it is all double crochet? Thank you.
    Jean

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 23, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Jean, using a stitch marker is a personal preference, if you are Ok without using one then that is absolutely fine 🙂

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  • Gemma Bolton
    August 20, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Sarah-Janye, thank you so much for teaching me to crochet! Your videos are fabulous. I love these baskets but chose a ribbon yarn to make them. I was also considering making some placements using the same technique. I’ve found though that my work looks gappy in places between the rounds – isn’t this because the yarn isn’t right for this project, or because of my technique? I’m using an 8mm crochet hook and the yarn is pretty chunky. Thanks again

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      August 30, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Gemma, you are very welcome – thank you so much for your kind words . If your work is looking gappy I would hazard a guess that the hook you are using is too big. I would try going down a hook size to a 7mm or even a 6.5mm and this should sort it

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  • Caitlin Barr
    December 18, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Hi and thank you so much for the tutorial. I’m in a time crunch and was wondering if this could be done similarly with acrylic size 4 yarn? Would it just not be as stiff or would it be all wrong? Thanks again!

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      December 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Caitlin You are welcome As long as you are using the same weight yarn it should work out fine, you will just have less stitch definition with acrylic yarn compared to the cotton.

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  • Debra Duesterhaus
    November 3, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Bella, thank you for your video tutorials. They are easy to follow and very helpful.. I have made several styles of baskets and they tend to collapse . Can you recommend a way to reinforce a basket to make more sturdy? Thank you

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      November 9, 2021 at 7:47 pm

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you find my tutorials helpful You don’t say which type of yarn you’re using, but this is the first thing I would look at – cotton yarn, for example, is much more sturdy than acrylic. You could also use two strands of yarn held together which will reinforce the sides.

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