So, a little tidbit about me – I have always had an amazing vision. I’ve relished in the ability to read a road sign from hundreds of yards away or spot an anomaly on the horizon before others could focus enough to see clearly. It was so great!
Until I turned 40.
When I turned 40, after spending years staring at a computer screen, I thought it best to go to the eye doctor….just to ‘check.’ Hmpf.
Well, that little checkup had me walking out in bifocals. BIFOCALS! My vision and my ego were shot.
Meh, I’ve gotten used to wearing glasses over the years and have transitioned to trifocals now (one for reading, one for crocheting, one for seeing your lovely face across the room). This change has brought a whole new set of problems when waking in the middle of the night – I need my glasses just to walk across the room and finding them in the dark has been no small feat.
Enter, the hanging basket for the bedpost.
I designed this basket to keep my glasses (and phone for those late nights, menopause induced bouts of sleeplessness when I simply MUST play one more round of Toy Blast) within easy reach. The basket simply slips over the bedpost to keep all my essentials handy.
I’ve since made others to hang on the stairwell to gather little things that need to be brought upstairs and one for the coat rack for keys and sunglasses. They’re the perfect size for all those little bits and pieces that would go missing otherwise.
I thought it’d be a great idea to offer the pattern to you, now, in case you’d like to create one as a grown-up Easter basket or Easter hostess gift.
The basket whips up very quickly, in less than an hour so it makes a fast and easy project for any time!
Make Your Own Hanging Bedpost Basket
Here’s everything you need to know before getting started on your basket:
Skill Level: Easy
- crochet hook (US M/N) 9.00 mm
- 80 yards of size 6 (super bulky) yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick)
- tapestry needle
- sewing scissors
- slip stitch (SLST)
- chain (CH)
- single crochet (SC)
- half double crochet (HDC)
- reverse single crochet (RSC)
- skip a stitch (SK)
Gauge: 3 HDC rows x 4 HDC sts = 2” square
Size: Approximately 6” in diameter and 6” tall (without handle)
Important Note :
To make the Cross Stitch: Skip the first stitch, SLST into the next st. and CH2. HDC in the skipped stitch. Cross stitch made.
To continue: *Skip a stitch, HDC in the next stitch, HDC in the skipped stitch.* Continue this pattern to make a round of cross stitches
Hanging Basket Crochet Pattern
With US M (9.00 mm) hook
Using a 9.00 mm hook and working into a magic circle (additional instructions given for no magic circle if you prefer)
Rnd 1: CH1 (does not count as a stitch), SC 8 into a magic circle, tighten circle and join with a slst to beginning SC. (8 sts)
OR CH3, join with a SLST, CH1, work 8 SC into this loop. Join with a slst to begin sc. (8 sts)
Rnd 2: (increase) CH1, work 2 SC into the first stitch and each stitch around. Join with SLST to beginning sc. (16 sts)
Rnd 3: (increase) CH1, *work 2 SC into the first stitch, SC into the next st,* repeat from * to * 7 more times. Join with SLST to beginning sc. (24 sts)
Rnd 4: (Increase) CH2, *work 2 SC into the first stitch, SC into the next two sts,* repeat from * to * 7 more times. Join with SLST to beginning sc. (32 sts)
Rnd 5: (working in the back loop only) CH2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in each stitch around. Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (32 sts)
Rnd 6: (working through both loops now and throughout) CH2, HDC in each stitch around. Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (32 sts)
Rnds 7 – 10: Repeat Rnd 6. (32 sts)
Rnd 11: Skip the first stitch and SLST into the next st and CH2. Yarn over and insert into the previously skipped stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw a loop through all three loops on the hook (this is an HDC in the skipped stitch and the cross stitch is made), SK the next st, HDC in the next st, HDC in the previously skipped st (2nd cross stitch made). Continue working this cross stitch around the basket 14 more times, making a total of 16 cross stitch clusters. Join with a SLST to top of beginning CH2. (32 sts)
Rnd 12: (increase) SLST in the next 3 sts, CH2, HDC in each of the next 25 sts, CH16. Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (42 sts)
Rnd 13: CH2, HDC in each ST around (including each ch stitch). Join with SLST to top of beginning ch2. (42 sts)
Rnd 14: CH1, with right side facing and working counter-clockwise around the piece, work a RSC into each stitch around. Join with SLST to beginning ch1. (42 sts)
Securing the Hole
Because the basket will be hanging, we want to be sure that the handle is as secure as possible, to do that, we’ll work a round of RSC around the inside of the hole. To do this:
With the right side facing you, secure your yarn with a SLST in the lower center part of the hole. CH1 and work a RSC in each stitch around the hole. I ended up with 24 sts. Join with SLST to beginning ch1.
Finish off and tuck ends.
I hope you love this basket and enjoy making it for all your friends!
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This is a GREAT idea!!! Thank you so much for the pattern!!!!
You’re so welcome, Ericka! I hope you’ve enjoyed making one to two…or more!
I’ve tried to download but it keeps saying unsuccesful. Would it be possible for you to email me the pattern? [email protected]. Thanks so much. I thought these might be great to donate to the local nursing home
Pam Grice says
Hi Dori, It’s been emailed. I do love the idea of donating to a nursing home. <3
I just found your site through Pinterest & I’m so happy to hear that I’m not the only one playing Toy Blast in the middle of the night when suffering from menopause-induced insomnia! Can’t wait to try your basket pattern. Thanks!
Pam Grice says
Hi Suzanne! I hope you like the pattern. Welcome!
LOL Toy Blast 🙂
It’s a super snowy winter day in Michigan so I’m contently perched on my couch with a cup of tea. I was hoping to crochet your hanging basket, but haven’t received the pattern yet. Any chance you could send it to my email? [email protected]
Pam Grice says
Hi Jen! I just checked and saw that you were able to get the pattern. Yay! I hope you enjoyed making the basket. <3
Hello! I requested the pattern several times today, and from several different computers- such a cute project! I never did get the email, and it hasn’t gone to any of my email folders…could you email it, please?
Pam Grice says
Oh gosh, Jennifer! I show that I’ve sent you 7 emails today through my automated system. They must be going to your junk folder. If you could at [email protected] to your contact list, that would resolve the issue and you’ll be sure to receive info all my free patterns in the future. Go check your spam/junk/trash folders and let me know if you still aren’t able to receive them, K?
Lol, 7! I checked all my spam/junk/trash, and there’s nothing…
I did add you to my contacts, hope that helps, and will try again.
Strange…nothing. I just used my work email address and that seemed to take care of the problem. Curious! Thank you!
Robin Bass says
This looks fun and looking forward to trying. I’m a hobbyist and definitely one of those that require a pattern. Do you have suggestions on making this larger for Easter gift? Thanks, Robin
In order to make it larger, simply increase the beginning circle before working the same number of stitches per round going up. Another, and perhaps easier, way to make it larger is to double up the strands of yarn and use a larger hook.
Good luck and I’d love to see your finished project!
Love this basket, so convenient!
Angi Walters says
Can you provide us with a pattern that includes a button hole for the hanging loop section? I LOVE this idea, but my headboard doesn’t have a way to slip this bag over the top. I need to thread it through the rails.
Yes! I’m working on it. 🙂
Ana Paula Souto says
I’ve tried to download but it keeps saying unsuccesful. Would it be possible for you to email me the pattern? [email protected]
Hi Ana, Have you signed up to get access to my free pattern library? There’s a link to do that in the menu bar. From there, you’ll receive immediate access, with a password, so you can download this pattern and any others from the library that you choose. I hope that helps! Pam
I’ve made numerous attempts at the cross stitch and frogged it out. I just can’t seem to get it. Do you have a video tutorial of the cross stitch anywhere? TIA
I don’t have a video of the cross stitch, but I was able to find one from another blogger that may help. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZf0SP67tGk&t=3s
Hope that helps!