Sturdy Crochet Basket

Finally, a crochet basket that’s sturdy enough to hold what you want (and doesn’t collapse).

Skill Level | Easy
Finished Size | 5″ diameter; 5″-6″ height (depending on fold)


About this Pattern

If you’re tired of crocheting baskets you never use because they don’t hold their shape, you’re in the right place. This sturdy crochet basket won’t bend, bulge or fall over!

With this project you’ll work with macramé cord, the secret to the sturdiness of this basket. It’s a bit of a hand work out to be completely honest, but if you break it up into a few short crochet sessions, you’ll have it finished without hurting your hands.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our sturdy crochet basket from start to finish.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 109 yds; 3mm Macramé cord
  • Approx 28 yds; Lion Brand Re-Up yarn (Colorway pictured: Navy)
  • 6 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use yarn instead of macramé cord?

Sure. You can substitute with a bulky weight yarn but keep in mind, this basket gets its sturdiness from the macramé cord.

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pattern details


This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

  • Ch Chain
  • Cont Continue
  • Hdc Half Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sk Skip
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
pattern notes

Additional Notes

Finished Size

5″ diameter (opening); 5″-6″ height (depending on fold)


First four rounds = 4″

This pattern recommends macramé cord for the sturdiest results. It can be challenging to crochet with because it doesn’t have a lot of stretch to it but that’s what makes it really great for sturdy baskets.

The pattern is worked in rounds without joining. You will need to mark the first stitch of each round to keep you on track.

The fringe is optional and you may substitute any medium weight yarn you prefer.

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the pattern

Written Instructions

Round 1: Ch 3. 7 hdc in 3rd ch from hk. Do not join. Cont working in a spiral. (8 sts)

Round 2: 2 hdc in every st. (16 sts)

Round 3: *1 hdc in next st. 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * to end of round. (24 sts)

Round 4: *1 hdc in next 2 sts. 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * to end of round. (32 sts)

Round 5: *1 hdc in next 3 sts. 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * to end of round. (40 sts)

Round 6: *1 hdc in next 4 sts. 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * to end of round. (48 sts)

Rounds 7-23: 1 hdc in every st. (48 sts)

At the end of round 20, make sure you have at least 1 yard remaining. Make 1 sc in the next 4 sts followed by 2 slst in the next 2 sts. Fasten off.


Step 1: Fold top edge of basket downward making a fold that’s about 2”.

Step 2: Make 4 cuts of yarn equal to 6”.

Step 3: Holding the 4 cuts together, fold in half.

Step 4: Insert hook through any stitch of the last round from the underside of fold, outward.

Step 5: Place folded cuts of yarn on hook and pull through stitch.

Step 6: Remove hook and pull ends through loop. Tighten to secure.

Repeat: Rep steps 2 through 6 for every stitch of the final round.

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