May Day Basket: Free Crochet Pattern

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This hanging May Day Basket is offered free below, from Made with a Twist. The basket was originally designed as a cone-shaped planter but has been beautifully adapted for Springtime to be used as a beautiful gift for neighbors and friends. This makes a lovely addition to any craft market inventory for spring!

Recently, as the snows have finally eased and we’re starting to experience the beauty of spring, Kevin and I were talking about what we could possibly do to cheer our neighbors who are still under “stay at home” orders. We considered baking cookies, but then we had the idea to bring a little sunshine to their doors with the gift of spring…because April showers bring May flowers, of course!

So, I thought, what better way to deliver flowers than in a lovely little hanging May Basket. I quickly altered my pattern for the Desert Rose Planter and turned it into a basket to hang on doorknobs.

Shows a cone-shaped hanging crochet basket filled with flowers. Text reads: May Day basket. Free crochet home decor pattern. 1 hour crochet project!

A simple handle, attached with wooden buttons, makes this a gift that hearkens back to a slower time and I just know it will bring a smile to our neighbors.

I know you’ll enjoy making this basket. It works up in just about an hour and would make a great addition to next year’s spring craft fair inventory. I can’t wait to see what your finished and styled baskets look like, ready to gift and bring joy to those around you!

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

  • 60-90 yards size 6 (super bulky) yarn. I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick
  • 6.00 mm (J) Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Latch hook or sewing needle
  • 2 Wooden buttons, 7/8″
  • 5.8″ Styrofoam cone (optional)
  • Miniature, wrapped candies (optional)
  • Variety of silk or fresh flowers (optional)
  • Printable PDF Pattern for the May Day Basket

Gauge

Not required for this design. However, the pattern works up best when stitched tightly.

Sizes/Finished Measurements

Small: 6″ tall

Stitch Abbreviations

CH – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

HDC – Half-double Crochet

RND – Round

RSC – Reverse Single Crochet (see special stitches)

SLST – Slip Stitch

ST(S) – Stitch(es)

XSt – Cross Stitch (see special stitches)

Special Stitches

Cross-Stitch (XSt): The cross stitch is a combination of two stitches worked together, crossing one another, to create the cross-stitch effect.

Starting a row/round with cross-stitch: SK the first ST, SLST into the 2nd ST, CH2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in the skipped ST.

Mid-row/round cross stitch: SK the next unworked ST, HDC in the following ST, HDC in the skipped ST.

Reverse Single Crochet (RSC or Crab Stitch): This stitch is worked from left to right (seemingly backwards) on the piece. The stitch mechanics are the same as a regular single crochet but working in reverse gives them a sort of twisted look.

With the right side facing you, insert the hook into the next stitch to the right, yarn over and pull the loop through the stitch, yarn over and pull through both loops.

Pattern Notes

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • US Terminology 
  • When a row begins with a CH1, the ch does not count as a st. 
  • When the row begins with a CH2, it does count as a st.

How to Make This Hanging Crochet May Day Basket

Working into a magic ring or a ch-3 loop,

RND 1: SC8 into the loop. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (8 STS)

RND 2: CH1. SC2 in the first st, *SC in the next ST, SC2 in the next ST,* repeat * to * 2 more times, SC in the last st. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (12 STS)

RND 3: CH1 , SC in each of the first 2 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in each of the next 5 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in the last 3 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (14 STS)

RND 4: CH1, SC2 in the first ST, SC in each of the next 6 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in each of the last 6 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (16 STS)

RND 5: (XSt Round) SK the first ST, SLST into the 2nd st, CH2, HDC in the skipped ST, *SK the next unworked ST, HDC in the following ST, HDC in the skipped ST,* repeat from * to * all the away round. Join with a SLST to the top of beginning CH2. (8 XSTS)

RND 6: CH1, SC in the first 3 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in each of the next 7 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in the last 4 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (18 STS)

RND 7: CH1, SC in each ST around. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (18 STS)

RND 8: CH1, SC2 in the first ST, SC in each of the next 8 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in the last 8 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (20 STS)

RND 9: (XSt Round) Repeat rnd 5. (10 XSTS)

RND 10: CH1, SC in the first 4 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in each of the next 9 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in each of the last 5 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (22 STS)

RND 11: CH1, SC in each ST around. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (22 STS)

RND 12: CH1, SC2 in the first ST, SC in each of the next 10 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in the last 10 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (24 STS)

RND 13: (XSt Round) Repeat rnd 5. (12 XSTS)

RND 14: CH1, SC in the first 5 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in each of the next 11 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in each of the last 6 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (26 STS)

RND 15: CH1, SC in each ST around. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (26 STS)

RND 16: CH1, SC2 in the first ST, SC in each of the next 12 STS, SC2 in the next ST, SC in the last 12 STS. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (28 STS)

RND 17: (XSt Round) Repeat rnd 5. (14 XSTS)

RND 18: Working from left to right, work a RSC in each ST around. Join with a SLST to beginning RSC. (28 RSC)

Finish off. Tuck ends.

Make the Handle

Make 1.

Chain 30.

ROW 1: DC in 3rd CH from hook and in each CH across. (28 STS)

Finish off. Tuck ends.

Finishing

Using matching yarn, stitch buttons to each side of the basket, directly across from one another.

Tuck ends.

Add handle to basket by slipping each end over the buttons between two DC.

Add flowers, candy, or other adornments, as desired.

Get the Downloadable, Ad-free PDF of this Design

If you’d love to make this gorgeous hanging basket, I’ve created a beautifully formatted, large print, ad-free PDF of this pattern for you to use at your convenience and you can get it on Ravelry for less than the cost of a cup of coffee…or join the Made with a Twist Makers Club to get lifetime access to all Made with a Twist PDF patterns for just $25!

Copyright notice: This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur®, a division of Montgomery Grice Enterprises, Inc. Please do not redistribute, transfer, or sell the pattern, or alter it to claim as your own  You may sell any products you create from this pattern. Please credit the designer by linking online listings to www.madewithatwist.com or tagging @madewithatwist.

Suggested Pricing: a Guide for Crochet Sellers

Permission is given (even encouraged) to sell your handmade products created from this original Made with a Twist pattern. I only ask that you give credit to Pam Grice from Made with a Twist as the designer, when possible, and link back to www.madewithatwist.com and/or @madewithatwist (on social media) when selling and sharing images online.

Suggested Retail Price

*Note

  • Marketing to bargain shoppers is not recommended.
  • Increase value for boutique buyers with luxury yarns, packaging, and/or embellishments for boutique shoppers.

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©2020 Montgomery Grice Enterprises, Inc | Made with a Twist | Pamela Grice This pattern and its associated images are copyright protected. The pattern is for your personal use only. Please do not copy/paste, distribute, or alter and claim as your own.

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