Advertisement
  1. Crafts & DIY
  2. Crochet
Crafts

Crochet a Gorgeous Set of Rainbow Nesting Baskets

by
Difficulty:BeginnerLength:ShortLanguages:
Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make a set of seven rainbow nesting baskets. These baskets are great for storage, but they're also perfect for teaching your little ones about colour and shapes! They can keep themselves busy for hours as they discover how to fit all the baskets together. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet, follow our series of Crochet Fundamentals. This pattern uses US terms and stitches include single crochet (sc); half double crochet (hdc); inc (increase); slip stitch (sl st) and chain (ch).

Supplies

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_supplies

1. Crochet the Largest Basket

Step 1

With your violet yarn, make a magic circle and secure with a stitch. If you don't know how to do this, check out our video tutorial on How to Make a Magic Ring here.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step1

Work six single crochet into the ring.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step2

Step 2

We're going to work the bottom part of our basket in to one big spiral. In other words, we're not going to join our rounds but we'll keep working on the previous stitches, creating a spiral.

Work two single crochet in each stitch around (you're increasing six times), and place a stitch marker after you've made the last stitch (12 stitches). The stitch marker will help us keep track of the end of each round.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step3

Step 3

From now on, we're going to use the term 'increase' (inc) whenever you have to work two single crochet into one stitch.
Work *1 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (18 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step4

Step 4

Work *2 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (24 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step5

Step 5

Work *3 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (30 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step6

Step 6

Work *4 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (36 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step7

Step 7

Work *5 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (42 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step8

Step 8

Work *6 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (48 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step9

Step 9

Work *7 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (54 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step10

Step 10

Work *8 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (60 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step11

Step 11

Work *9 sc, inc* around. Move the stitch marker to the last stitch made. (66 stitches).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step12

Step 12

Now we're going to crochet the sides of the basket. From now on, we're going to join our rounds after each row.

Chain one, and working in the back loops only, work one half double crochet in each stitch around until you reach the chain one. Join the round with a slip stitch in the chain one (you can remove your stitch marker; we don't need it anymore).

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step13

Step 13

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around (through both loops from now on). Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step14

Step 14

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step15

Step 15

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step16

Step 16

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step17

Step 17

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step18

Step 18

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step19

Step 19

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step20

Step 20

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step21

Step 21

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step22

Step 22

Chain two, work one half double crochet in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain two.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step23

Step 23

Now that your basket is arge enough; it's time to put a little border around it. Chain 1, work a single crochet into the next stitch, then *ch 1, 1 sc* around. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain one. Work in your ends using your darning needle.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_step24

2. Crochet the Other Baskets

For each of the following baskets, make the base and the sides one round smaller. Here's how many rounds and stitches each colour should have:

  • Red basket - five rounds for the base/sides; 30 stitches
  • Orange basket - six rounds for the base/sides; 36 stitches
  • Yellow basket - seven rounds for the base/sides; 42 stitches
  • Green basket - eight rounds for the base/sides; 48 stitches
  • Blue basket - nine rounds for the base/sides; 54 stitches
  • Purple basket - 10 rounds for the base/sides; 60 stitches
  • Violet basket - 11 rounds for the base/sides; 66 stitches

Enjoy Your Nesting Baskets

Congratulations, you have now made a gorgeous set of rainbow nesting baskets!

In this tutorial, you've learned how to work in spirals and rounds; how to increase to create a circle; and how to create a quirky and fun border to give your basket a finished look.

Use your baskets for holding jewelry, rings or knick knacks; or gift them to a toddler and provide them with a stimulating learning experience.

marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_final2
marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_final3
marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_final4
marinkeslump_crochetnestingbaskets_final1

How did you go with this tutorial? Let us know if you have any queries or comments. You can find more crochet projects here.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Looking for something to help kick start your next project?
Envato Market has a range of items for sale to help get you started.