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Raffia Easter Basket Pattern

I found this pretty pastel raffia at the weekend and just had to have it! I had no idea what it was going to become but with less than a week to go until Easter, inspiration soon struck and I quickly got to work on some Easter baskets for the little ones. We love an Easter egg hunt in our house and luckily this £1 pack of raffia from The Range was just enough to make 2 baskets, so no fighting on Sunday (hopefully!) they also have lots of fun colours available. It's quite an interesting material to crochet with and can be a bit tricky to pull through the loops. But it's fun to try something new and I'm really happy with the I do like a challenge! I found it similar to working with t shirt yarn in that you can't worry too much about perfect tension here, just go with the flow, it doesn't have to be perfect

To make yours you'll need approx 30 metres of raffia and a 7mm crochet hook. Scissors and a 2mm hook helps for weaving in the ends

Pattern written in US Terms
Abbreviations used:
Hdc=half double crochet
Sc=single crochet
Ss=slip stitch
After each round join with a slip stitch into the first stitch of the round not the chain 1, ch 1 does not count as a stitch

To begin make a magic circle and chain 1
Round 1. 6 x hdc and join =6 stitches
Round 2. Ch1 2x hdc in each stitch and join  =12
Round 3. Ch1 *1x hdc, 2xhdc in next stitch and repeat* join =18
Round 4. Ch1 *1x hdc, 1xhdc, 2xhdc* join =24
Round 5. Ch1 *1xhdc, 1xhdc, 1xhdc, 2hdc* join =30
Round 6. Ch1, sc in each stitch around working in the back loops only =30 stitches
Round 7 and 8. Ch1, hdc around =30 stitches
Round 9. Ch 1, 15xsc, chain 30 to create the handle, ss below ch 1 at the beginning of the round, ss back along the chain 30, sc directly into next stitch along the basket edge, continue working 14 more sc around, ss below handle

You can fasten off here if you like. I added a round of ss to finish but this is optional. If you want to continue just turn the basket the other way and ss along the top of each stitch

Fasten off and use a smaller hook to weave in the ends

And that's it! A quick and easy Easter basket using raffia. You could also leave out the handles to make a fun and colourful storage basket for the home

I hope you enjoy this free pattern. I'd love to see your photos if you give it a try, please share on instagram and tag me @hellomooncrochet or use #hellomooncrochet so I can find you

Thanks and Happy Easter!


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