• Jenn

The Large Crochet Tray Basket

Updated: Jul 20

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I’m so excited to share my latest pattern, a crochet tray/basket ! This one actually came about from our current move. My son found some huge checkers and checkerboard mat at a rummage sale a few years ago when we lived in Black Earth. In my previous homes, I’ve always had a nice small table it would just lay out on and could be played anytime.

Before

Fast forward a bit to May of this year…

Unpacking and situating in our new home. As I’m putting things where I want them… hmm what do I do with these checkers??? I tried having them lay on my ottoman all cute and set up, ready to play, like the table, but my current youngest now stands and “walks” around, pulling and yanking on anything she can reach. Huge smiles on her face as she watches them fly about and plop to the floor, or ground, or anywhere. So that’s not going to work. That table I originally had them on is now in my basement (boxes galore on top of it) eventually set to be used as a craft table in my future office/craft room.


Now, What?

Let the crafting begin! I wanted a tray, but in a basket style. Nothing that would take me a long amount of time to make, and something that would be sturdy enough to stand on it’s own (for the most part). So the sides really needed to be shorter. Tada! The Crochet Tray/Basket

I made 2 different sizes to test out how they would work out. I love both, but the larger of the 2 turned out perfect for the checker set.

After ! [By the way… my super cute tags are courtesy of Inked Papers out of Stoughton, WI]

Ready for the pattern?

Below is the free pattern for the Crochet Tray/Basket with pictures and details on how I did it. I do offer a PDF version on my site.


Materials

  1. 2 skeins of Bernat Maker Outdoor Yarn in Summer Storm Gray

  2. L/8mm hook and M/9mm hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)

  3. 4 stitch markers

  4. Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)

  5. Scissors

Gauge

11 dc by 4 rows (using 9mm hook-or hook to obtain gauge) = 3” X 5”

Abbreviations

  1. ch = chain

  2. sc = single crochet

  3. st = stitch

  4. sl st = slip stitch

  5. dc = double crochet

  6. fptr = front post treble/triple crochet

  7. BLO = back loop only

  8. sl st edging = slip stitch edging

  9. sc2tog = single crochet 2 single crochets together

  10. sm(s) = stitch marker(s)

Special Stitches

Magic circle: Make a loop; Pick up the yarn, pull through the first loop.Pick up the yarn again, to make a chain stitch. Chain 3; Yarn over, pull through the loop, yarn over, pull loop through, and finish first double crochet stitch. Continue around to required number. Pull on the yarn end to gather the hole closed, and continue with your pattern.

Front post treble/triple crochet: Yarn over (YO) hook two times. Insert hook behind post of stitch (st). YO hook, pull up a loop, four loops on hook. YO hook, pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. YO hook, pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook. YO hook, pull through last two loops.

Sc2tog: Insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

sl st edging: INSERT HOOK into stitch directly next to your ch and pull the working yarn through it. Slip the working yarn loop THROUGH the first loop you pulled through (just as you would to sl st) Repeat around.

Notes

  1. Unless stated, ch does not count as a stitch

  2. This is worked in rounds and is only turned after the BLO round.

  3. For smaller basket, use your smaller hook for the entire pattern. Below is the explanation for the larger basket. So hook size changes.

  4. Also, if you only want to do the larger basket, you will need 2 balls of yarn still, because one is not enough. The smaller basket leaves a remainder so only 1 ball is needed

Measurements

The approximate sizes for the crochet tray basket are: 14.5″ in diameter and 3″ side height for the “smaller” one and 17″ diameter and 4″ side height for the larger.

Pattern

Round 1: if you are making larger bag start with 9mm hook; Magic circle; ch 3, 12 dc [12]

Round 2: Ch3, {2 dc in dc}, repeat {} around, Join with a join together with a sl st [24]

Round 3: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in next dc}, repeat {} around, join with a join together with a sl st [36]

Round 4: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in the next 2 dc}, repeat {} around, join together [48]

Round 5: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in the next 3 dc}, repeat {} around, join together [60]

Round 6: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in the next 4 dc}, repeat {} around, join together [72]

Round 7: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in the next 5 dc}, repeat {} around, join together [84]

Round 8: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in the next 6 dc}, repeat {} around, join together with a sl st [96]

Round 9: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in the next 7 dc}, repeat {} around, join together with a sl st [108]

Round 10: Ch3, {2dc in first dc, dc in the next 8 dc}, repeat {} around, join together with a sl st and turn [120]

Round 11: Ch1, sc BLO around, sl st [120]

Round 12: Ch3 (Counts as a dc)

{skip 2, fptr in post of 2nd skipped st

dc in th 2 skipped stitches (from behind fptr)

dc in the next 3 stitches

fptr in post of sc directly after the first fptr (it will look like a V)

dc in next stitch} repeat {} around to the last 5 stitches. skip 2, fptr in post of 2nd skipped st, dc in th 2 skipped stitches (from behind fptr, dc in the next 3 stitches, fptr in post of sc directly after the first fptr. Join with a sl st.

Round 13: Ch3 (Counts as a dc), {skip fptr, dc in both of the dc from the previous round,

fptr in skipped fptr from previous round,

dc, skip next 2 dc st from previous round,

fptr in fptr,

dc in both skipped st (from behind fptr),

dc in next dc} repeat {} around to last 6 stitches. skip fptr, dc in both of the dc from the previous round, fptr in skipped fptr from previous round, dc, skip next 2 dc st from previous round, fptr in fptr, dc in both skipped st (from behind fptr). Join with a sl st.

Round 14: ch1 {sc2tog, sc 10} repeat {} around to last 4 stitches. Sc2tog, sc 3 [144]

Round 15: if you are making larger bag, switch to 8mm; ch1, sc around placing sms at st 27, 45, 99, and 117.

Round 16: ch1, sc the first 27 st (to the first sm), sl st edging in the next 18 (to the next sm), sc in the 54 st (to the next sm), sl st edging in the next 18 st (to the next sm), sc the last 27 st (to the last sm).

Round 17: ch1 sc the first 27 st, ch 18 (also skip the 18 sl st edged stitches from previous round), sc in the next 54 st, ch 18 (also skip the 18 sl st edged stitches from previous round), sc in the last 27 st.

Round 18: sl st edging the first 27 sc from previous round; sc in each of the 18 ch from the previous round; sl st edging in the next 54 sc from previous round; sc in each of the 18 ch from the previous round, sl st edging in the last 27 sc from the previous round. Join with a slip stitch and weave in ends.


When you’re done… Take a Picture!

Share your completed Crochet Tray/Basket, with pride, to me on Instagram @thesmithcountry or use #TheSmithCountry and tag me on facebook, @thesmithcountry! I always love seeing the patterns I create come to life in your homes.


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