Apple A Day Crochet Basket: Free Crochet Pattern

Whether it’s time for fall, or back to school, apples are a fun accent to your home decor! The Apple a Day basket is a free tapestry crochet basket pattern that you’ll love making. Its simple apple motifs would be perfect to add to a teacher’s classroom, or as a set of cute fall crochet baskets! It’s an easy tapestry crochet pattern for beginners that you’ll want to make again and again.

Inspiration

As a big lover of fall, apples are one of my favorite things to put on something. I love how they add splashes of color, and apple flavored anything tastes amazing! So because of that, making an apple basket for fall seemed like the perfect crochet basket pattern to make! I also wanted to create a pattern that would make a wonderful teacher gift during back to school time or for teacher appreciation. Teachers often have apple motifs in their classrooms, so this crochet apple basket would be such a cute crochet decor pattern to give to them!

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Construction

The Apple a Day basket is a free crochet basket pattern made using tapestry crochet in the round through the back loops only. This helps avoid the pesky slanting that can happen when you do tapestry crochet in the round. The basket is worked in one piece, which means no seaming or sewing is involved. By using just single crochet and half double crochet, this tapestry crochet basket pattern is perfect for beginners. Even if it is your first project, this tapestry crochet pattern for beginners is super easy to do. If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, be sure to check out my Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.

The Yarn

For this pattern I used Premier Yarns Everyday Worsted yarn, which is one of the softest worsted yarns I’ve worked with. I love the color palattes they offer in that yarn, as well as how it makes such a lovely fabric. It made a great yarn to make this basket, and I love the way the colors all blended together. If you don’t have this yarn available near you, or would like to make a sturdier fabric, I recommend using Red Heart Super Saver or Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. Those two worsted weight yarns come in beautiful colors, and will give your basket thick fabric that will make it stand up better. No matter what worsted weight yarn you use, this pattern will turn out great!

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E’Claire Makery Back to School Blog Hop

This free crochet pattern is also a part of the E’Claire Makery Back to School Blog Hop! The blog hop is a special crochet pattern event that features 12 crochet designers, who have each created a free crochet pattern themed for back to school. There is everything from back packs to crochet fall accessories that are great for back to school outfits. You’re going to love all of the free crochet patterns, which you can get at the E’Claire Makery Back to School Blog Hop.

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Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • rnd = round
  • st = stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • blo = back loops only
  • [ ] = stitch count at end of round
  • ( ) = color inside is color used for stitches

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern uses US crochet terminology
  • The pattern involves color changes using tapestry crochet. Experience with color work is recommended, but if you’re a beginner to tapestry crochet than you can totally do it!
  • If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that shows you how to do it. See the written and photo tutorial at The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • I recommend reading through the pattern completely before beginning just to make sure that you understand everything in the pattern.
  • Color changes happy in the middle of the rows in this pattern. The color changes are indicated in the written pattern by a new color in parentheses (for example: (green) sc 1, (brown) sc 2)
  • This crochet basket is made in the round in one piece

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Apple A Day Basket Pattern:

Rnd 1: In a magic circle, sc 5 [5]

Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around [10]

Rnd 3: *sc 1, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [15]

Rnd 4: *sc 2, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [20]

Rnd 5: *sc 3, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [25]

Rnd 6: *sc 4, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [30]

Rnd 7: *sc 5, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [35]

Rnd 8: *sc 6, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [40]

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Rnd 9: *sc 7, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [45]

Rnd 10: *sc 8, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [50]

Rnd 11: *sc 9, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [55]

Rnd 12: *sc 10, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [60]

Rnd 13: *sc 11, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [65]

Rnd 14: *sc 12, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 4 more times [70]

Switch to White yarn. All of the following rounds are done in the back loops only.

Rnd 15: (White) ch 2, hdc 69, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 16: (White) ch 2, hdc 69, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 17: (White) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 17, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 18, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 13, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 18: (White) ch 2, hdc 2, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 15, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 12, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 19: (White) ch 2, hdc 2, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 15, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 12, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

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Rnd 20: (White) ch 2, hdc 2, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 15, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 12, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 21: (White) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 17, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 18, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 13, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 22: (White) ch 2, hdc 4, (Green) hdc 2, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 20, (Green) hdc 2, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 21, (Green) hdc 2, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 15, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 23: (White)ch 2, hdc 3, (Green) hdc 2, (White) hdc 1, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 19, (Green) hdc 2, (White) hdc 1, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 20, (Green) hdc 2, (White) hdc 1, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 15, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 24: (White) ch 2, hdc 14, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 18, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 18, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 1, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 25: (White) ch 2, hdc 13, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 26: (White) ch 2, hdc 13, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

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Rnd 27: (White) ch 2, hdc 13, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, (White) hdc 16, (Red) hdc 8, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 28: (White) ch 2, hdc 14, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 18, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 18, (Red) hdc 6, (White) hdc 1, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Row 29: (White) ch 2, hdc 15, (Green) hdc 2, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 21, (Green) hdc 2, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 21, (Green) hdc 2, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 3, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 30: (White) ch 2, hdc 14, (Green) hdc 2, (White) hdc 1, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 20, (Green) hdc 2, (White) hdc 1, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 20, (Green) hdc 2, (White) hdc 1, (Brown) hdc 1, (White) hdc 3, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 31: (White) ch 2, hdc 69, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Rnd 32: (White) ch 2, hdc 69, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [69]

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Now you’re done and have your very own crochet apple basket! If you make a basket of your own, be sure to tag me on social media @eclairemakery on Instagram and Facebook. I’d love to share your photos! I can’t wait to see the awesome basket that you make.

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Larryn Griffith | 13th Aug 19

    I love this! It’s such a cheerful little basket. Thank you for sharing the pattern. Can’t wait to make it.

    • Claire Goodale | 13th Aug 19

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it! I can’t wait to see it!

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