Spike Stitch Baskets – Free Crochet Pattern

These Spike Stitch Baskets work up quickly with the bulky weight yarn and the spike stitches add such a fun texture! Crochet baskets are super handy for organizing items while also looking stylish to display decoratively on shelves or tables.

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Materials:
  • Bulky weight yarn – I used Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn to make these Spike Stitch Baskets. For the larger baskets, I used the colorways Aqua, Woodberry, and Gold and for the smaller basket, I used Woodberry and Cream. (You can also find this yarn on Amazon HERE). I love working with this yarn. It’s a cotton and nylon blend in the form of a knitted tube. You can substitute with another bulky weight yarn for this project, or double strand a lighter weight yarn, like cotton. Use the gauge below to make sure your substitution works up similarly so that you aren’t surprised with a much smaller or larger basket.
  • 5 mm crochet hook – using this smaller hook size with the bulky weight yarn creates tighter stitches, giving the basket more structure. I also worked with a tighter tension.
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
Stitches Used:
  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • Reverse SC (Crab Stitch) – the same as single crochet stitches, however you will be working them in the reverse direction. This gives the basket a nice finished edge at the top.
  • Spike Stitch (or long single crochet) – the same as a single crochet stitch, however you will insert your hook in rounds below the round you are working in.
Gauge:
  • The gauge is not that important for this project, however, you can note that 2 inches length is approximately 7 SC stitches, while 2 inches tall is approximately 4 rounds of SC.
Finished Size:
  • The larger basket is 6” tall and has a diameter of 7”, while the smaller basket 4.5” tall and has diameter of 4.5.” Read the “Important Notes” below for instructions on making this basket any size you’d like.
Important Notes:
  • Magic Circle – This pattern begins with a magic circle. Make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Use this loop to start your first chains of the pattern. Check out this magic circle video tutorial on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_nQO7o6OKo&t=10s
  • Joined Rounds – These baskets are worked in joined rounds. At the end of each round, you will be joining the last stitch of the round to the first stitch with a slip stitch.
  • Starting Each Round – Start the first stitch of each round in the same stitch as the chain 1 or chain 2. Chain stitches do not count towards the stitch count of each round.
  • Color Changes – to help hide the seam of changing yarn colors for this basket, change colors in the last yarn over of the last stitch of the round, then join to the first stitch with a slip stitch. For example, when working a color change in SC, you’ll insert your hook into the last stitch of the round, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over in the new color and pull through to finish the SC stitch. Then join with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round. When working with the different yarn colors in this basket, I worked over the yarn tail of the previous color for the first 10 or so stitches and then cut the yarn of the previous color. Then I rejoined the colors as needed as working up the rest of the basket.
  • Changing Basket Size – You can easily adjust this pattern to make a larger or smaller basket, depending on your preference. If you want to change the diameter of the basket, when you are working the base, you can do less increase rounds or add more increase rounds as needed. When you get the base size you like, move to working on the height of the basket. If you’d like to change the height of the basket, just add more or less rounds of the height section and move to making the handles when you are close to your desired height. **Note – when you change the number of stitches in the base of the bag, you’ll have to adjust the handle section a bit too because the math won’t add up. If you are stuck on this, feel free to send me a message through my Facebook page or an email and I’d be happy to help! My contact info is at the end of the pattern!
  • Video Tutorials – I made a video tutorial to help with some of the stitches in making this basket.

The Pattern

Larger Basket (7” wide and 6” tall)

*For the larger basket, I used 3 colors of yarn, however you can decide to use as many or as little colors depending on your preference. When reading this pattern, the colors are as follows:

Color A = “Aqua” (turquoise), Color B = “Woodberry” (coral/red), and Color C = “Gold” (yellow).

Basket Base

Round 1: In color A, magic circle, ch 2, 12 DC into the circle. Join to first DC with a sl st, ch 2. (12)

Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2. (24)

Round 3: *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next stitch, repeat from * around, join, ch 2. (36)

Round 4: *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around, join, ch 2. (48)

Round 5: *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around, join, ch 2. (60)

Round 6: *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around, join, ch 1. (72)

Continue to making the height of the basket.

*Your base will measure approximately 6” in diameter (but basket will be about 7” in diameter after working the next rounds). If you’d like to make your basket base larger, you can continue the increase pattern for as many more rounds as you’d like. Each round will increase by 12 stitches.

Basket Height

Round 7: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 8: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 9: SC in each stitch around, change color to B, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 10: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (72)

*See Spike Stitch Photo Tutorial at the end of the pattern for a break down of this set of stitches.

Round 11: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 12: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 13: SC in each stitch around, change color to C, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 14: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (72)

Round 15: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 16: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 17: SC in each stitch around, change color to A, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 18: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (72)

Round 19: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 20: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 21: SC in each stitch around, change color to B, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 22: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (72)

Round 23: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 24: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 25: SC in each stitch around, change color to C, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 26: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (72)

Round 27: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 28: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 29: SC in each stitch around, change color to A, join, ch 1. (72)

Round 30: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (72)

Round 31: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (72)

*In the next few rounds we will work the handles and then finish the top of the basket. If you want your basket to be taller, you can repeat rounds 28-31 until you are at your desired height and then continue to the handle instructions below. If you don’t want your basket to have handles, you can just continue with rounds of SC instead of working the chain stitches for the handles.

Round 32: SC in first stitch, chain 13, skip next 10 stitches, SC in next 26 stitches, chain 13, skip next 10 stitches, SC in last 25 stitches, join, ch 1. (52 SC stitches and 26 chains = 78 stitches total)

Round 33: SC in each stitch around including in each of the chain stitches forming the handles, join, ch 1. (78)

Round 34: Reverse SC (crab stitch) in each stitch around, join. (78)

Fasten off, weave in ends and cut yarn. You’re all finished your basket!

Smaller Basket (4.5” wide and 4.5” tall)

*For the smaller basket, I used 2 colors of yarn, however you can decide to use as many or as little colors depending on your preference. When reading this pattern, the colors are as follows:

Color A = “Woodberry” (coral/red color), Color B = “Cream” (off-white color).

 Basket Base

Round 1: In color A, magic circle, ch 2, 12 DC into the circle. Join to first DC with a sl st, ch 2. (12)

Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2. (24)

Round 3: *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next stitch, repeat from * around, join, ch 2. (36)

Round 4: *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around, join, ch 2. (48)

*Your base will measure approximately 4” in diameter (but your basket will be about 7” in diameter after adding the next rounds). If you’d like to make your basket base larger, you can continue the increase pattern for as many more rounds as you’d like. Each round will increase by 12 stitches.

Basket Height

Round 5: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 6: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 7: SC in each stitch around, change color to B, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 8: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (48)

Round 9: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 10: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 11: SC in each stitch around, change color to A, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 12: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (48)

Round 13: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 14: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 15: SC in each stitch around, change color to B, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 16: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (48)

Round 17: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 18: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 19: SC in each stitch around, change color to A, join, ch 1. (48)

Round 20: *SC in first stitch, spike st in next SC one round below, spike st in next SC two rounds below, spike st in next stitch three rounds below. Repeat from * around to last stitch. Join, ch 1. (48)

Round 21: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (48)

*In the next few rounds we will work the handles and then finish the top of the basket. If you want your basket to be taller, you can repeat rounds 18-21 until you are at your desired height and then continue to the handle instructions below. If you don’t want your basket to have handles, you can just continue with rounds of SC instead of working the chain stitches for the handles.

Round 22: SC in first stitch, chain 10, skip next 8 stitches, SC in next 16 stitches, chain 10, skip next 8 stitches, SC in last 15 stitches, join, ch 1. (32 SC stitches and 20 chains = 52 stitches total)

Round 23: SC in each stitch around including in each of the chain stitches forming the handles, join, ch 1. (52)

Round 24: Reverse SC (crab stitch) in each stitch around, join. (52)

Fasten off, weave in ends and cut yarn. You’re all finished your basket!

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7 Comments

  1. Debra says:

    How many skeins did you use for the various size baskets? Thx

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      Hi Debra! You’ll be able to make both baskets with one skein (and probably a couple more with the same skein). I just used a few different ones to have the striping affect. 🙂

  2. Debbie Giordano says:

    Great! Now my only problem is I can’t find the yarn anywhere. Most of the colors are sold out. I’ve tried hobby lobby, Joann’s, Michael’s with no luck. Any suggestions? Thx

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      I did find some on Yarnspirations recently, but know their stock isn’t great now. Maybe Amazon?

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  4. Love these baskets so much. This stitch is perfect for them.

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      Thank you so much!!

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