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Crochet Stash Baskets


Updated March 01, 2016
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These handy baskets from Lily Sugar n' Cream can be used to store any number of household items.  Great for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and even the utility closet, these cute crochet baskets are easy to make and great for helping you keep your life organized.  These crocheted baskets would also be an adorable way to present baked goods as a gift. Start now to have a bunch ready for the holiday season.

One of the best things about using crochet projects to decorate is that they add a texture touch while still creating space for clutter. Skip the boring plastic and wood boxes and create something that has just a touch of personality with these cute little containers.


Crochet Stash Baskets

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  • 1 ball Lily® Sugar’n Cream yarn (70.9 g / 2.5 oz) in White (for small basket)
  • 2 balls Lily® Sugar’n Cream yarn (70.9 g / 2.5 oz) in Emerald (for medium basket)
  • 3 balls Lily® Sugar’n Cream yarn (70.9 g / 2.5 oz) in Red (for large basket)
  • Size 3.5 mm (U.S. E or 4) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Fabric stiffener


Gauge:  18 sc and 20 rows = 4 ins 10 cm.


Small: Approx 5 x 5 x 6 ins 12.5 x 12.5 x 15 cm, with top unfolded.
Medium: Approx 5 x 10 x 6 ins 12.5 x 25.5 x 15 cm, with top unfolded.


  1. Ch 28.
  2. 1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 27 sc.
  3. 2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  4. Rep last row until work from beg measures 5 ins [12.5 cm], ending with a WS row.


Small Basket Only

  1. **Next row: (RS). (Fold line). Ch 1. Working through back loops only, 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  2. Next row: Ch 1. Working through both loops, 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  3. Rep last row until work from beg measures 5 ins [12.5 cm], ending with a WS row.**
  4. Rep from ** to ** twice more.
  5. Next row: (RS). (Joining row).
  6. Place foundation ch behind last row with WS of work tog. Ch 1. Working through both thicknesses, 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off.


Medium Basket Only

  1. Next row: (RS). (Fold line). Ch 1. Working through back loops only, 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  2. ***Next row: Ch 1. Working through both loops, 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  3. Rep last row until work from last fold line measures 10 ins [25.5 cm], ending with a WS row.***
  4. Next row: (RS). (Fold line). Ch 1. Working through back loops only, 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  5. Next row: Ch 1. Working through both loops, 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  6. Rep last row until work from last fold line measures 5 ins [12.5 cm], ending with a WS row.
  7. Rep from *** to *** once more.
  8. Next row: (RS). (Joining row).
  9. Place foundation ch behind last row. Working through both thicknesses, 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off.



  1. Ch 23 (46).
  2. 1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 22 (45) sc.
  3. 2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
  4. Rep last row until work from beg measures 5 ins [12.5 cm], ending with a WS row. Do not fasten off.
  5. Join Base to Sides: Place lower edge of Sides behind Base with WS of work tog, aligning corners of Base with fold lines and joining row of Sides.
  6. Next rnd: (RS). Ch 1. Working through both thicknesses, work 1 rnd of sc around all 4 sides of Base. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.



  1. Apply fabric stiffener to Baskets following manufacturer’s directions. Fold top edge to RS as shown in picture.

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I have crocheted baskets all over the place. I use them for my yarn projects, holding supplies, you name it. The stiffening agent is a must, or the walls of the basket are too soft and will not keep shape. You could also insert a wire or plastic frame. Another option is to add short dowels to each corner (standing upright). I have tried all of the above. My preference is adding dowels.

These stash baskets are going to be used all over my house... to store more yarn! I don't come across a lot of patterns using the Sugar 'N Cream yarn which show patterns that look contemporary and modern. I would like these baskets in a cream, light gray, and a black.

These little baskets are going to look so cute on my counters. I love the idea of keeping things organized and not going out and buying one more item that will just be stored in the cupboard because it doesnt work for what I bought it to do. I can crochet them for whatever color I want them in for the room I am going to use them in, perfect.

Has anyone successfully completed this project? I am at the base and it says chain 23 which would leave you with 22 stitches, well I followed it, have not attached it to sides because it does not match up with the sides, for the small basket (which I am doing) each side is 5 inches, and 22 stitches is much longer then 5 inches so it results in there being two sides at 5 inches and two sides more then 5 inches, I think I may restart the base and do my stitches as long as 5 inches. The rest of the pattern is pretty straight forward. Am I maybe missing something as to why there are two different sized sides for the base?

what are the instructions for the large basket? I love this idea and want to do them. I agree this instructions are not all that clear. I understand the ch 46 (23) parentheses but I see nothing in these directions for the large basket. Any help out there? Thanks! Twodogs

Typically, when instructions are written that way, it indicates a change in size. Therefore, you would chain 23 for the smaller one, or 46 for the larger one.

Hello... very interesting.. can I have the detailed step by step instructions to do this boxes. I'm a beginner in this craft hobby.

Do I fasten off for the first side of the small basket? These are really not clear instructiobs

What does it mean when it says Chain 23(46)

beginner 28: 23 (46) means that if you are doing the smaller item, you would chain 23. If you want a larger item, you would chain the number in the parentheses

I like the idea and I'm going to try it... however what is fabric stiffener and where. Can I get it or how can I make it from home

Beginner 28- fabric stiffener is usually found in the glue aisle of most craft stores. Aileen's make a good one. What it is, is a starch-like, glue like substance, that when you apply it to your item, and let dry, it stiffens it. In this application, it would make the boxes not fold into themselves. You could probably go to Pinterest or google to find a home made recipe

What stitch should I use to joint the base to the sides? None is specified and am unsure of how to join this together. Thanks, can't wait to finish this.

Just a tip I have to pass along. When using the fabric stiffener, put it in a ziploc baggie with your crochet and just knead it. A lot less messy (than the way I did it)

That's a great idea for containing the mess! I've seen crochet baskets that stay up on their own without stiffener due to the design, yarn, and type of stitch. I wonder if the fabric stiffener gets gooey if the basket gets wet? You probably can't wash the basket with fabric stiffener, right?

These are very confusing directions. Basically what you are doing is making one long rectangle (all sc) which includes the length of the sides together. If you notice which way the stitches go (the length of the chain is actually your height.) The reason that the different rows are listed is to make the fold (back loop) for one row. But it still is all sc. Hope this helps.

Dumb question, but what does RS and WS mean?

Hi wildernesstraveller! Thank you for asking. That is not a dumb question at all. RS = right side and WS = wrong side. This is referring to the right and wrong sides of the crochet. It may help to place a marker on what is considered the right side.

LOVE the idea , I'm going to try this right now . ( 3-27-2013 ) Lou-Ann mcGee from Milton , WV.

Instructions for large basket?

Love the baskets. They will make great Bingo gifts for my family reunion.

HI... It is really confusing....atleast for bignners... PLease help with the elaborated pattern ....plz....nedd to make this asap..... Thanks

You have to look at the details of the patter. When it says rep from to twice more you have to go back to the top of the pattern and find where the are and start again from there. It's easier to write a pattern like that instead of repeating the same thing over and over. It's the same way with the medium basket as well. Good luck I know you can do it, and I hope this helps.

To those finding these instructions confusing. Suggest you learn this way of stating patterns because of the 500 patterns I have accumulated, this is pretty standard, barbann has it right. Okay, I'm not that experienced but what I think it says is repeat everything between the "Next row (RS)" which means Right Side vs. (WS) which is Wrong Side to the next which ends "with a WS row". Do this a total of 3 times, "twice more" (Oringinal plus 2 more times.) In patterns there may (star) to (star) and even a subset of (2 stars) to (2 stars) or some other symbol be sure you are repeating the correct portion of the instructions and repeating the correct number of times. There's nothing like making a sweater with 3 arm holes or something similar to figure this stuff out.

Jan 14, 2010 To cookie000 and Syl In small basket only It starts withbefore starting the instructions and at the end of next row It has two more 's The instruction Rep from to twice more means to repeat what you did between the beginning (Next row) and the end (ending with a WS wrong side row.) twice more. Hope this helps. Barbara

Hi, This project came to us from Lily Yarn. Please feel free to contact them at httpwww.bernat.comcontact.php for any inquiries. Thanks! -The FaveCrafts Team

It appears something was left out in the instructions. Usually it will say "repeat from " or something similar to tell us where to repeat from. Perhaps this can be clarified?

I'm new to crocheting, so I'm confused with the instructions where it says "rep from to twice more" (under the small basket only). can anyone help explain this to me? thank you.

@cookie000 You want to repeat from the ** to the other ** 2 more times, in other words, repeat rows 1 through 3 twice more. Hope that helps!


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