Candy Cane Crochet Gift Basket: Free Crochet Pattern

Want to add some fun packaging to your holiday gifts this season? I’ve got the perfect free festive crochet pattern for you: the Candy Cane Crochet Gift Basket. This candy cane inspired tapestry crochet gift basket is perfect for putting all of those fun handmade gifts you’ll be making this holiday season for your loved ones. I love putting together gift bags and special presents for friends and family, and I know that this quick and easy candy cane gift basket will add a fun touch to all of your gifts! Plus they can reuse this over and over after the holidays!

Inspiration

One of my biggest inspirations for this pattern was how much I love packaging gifts. For some reason I love looking on Pinterest for fun gift wrapping ideas, and each package becomes a work of art! You should see my family’s Christmas gifts, because my mom and sister have the same obsession. We love wrapping gifts! Sometimes though, you don’t have time to wrap gifts. In comes the good old gift bag. What if you don’t want to use a gift bag though? This crochet basket will be a perfect substitute!

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Construction

Since the holidays are such a busy time, I wanted to make sure this crochet basket pattern was quick and easy. It’s made in one piece in the round, uses tapestry crochet, and is a fun beginner pattern to make. The only stitches you’ll use are single crochet, half double crochet, and bobbles. I’ve even created a full crochet tutorial that shows you how to do everything from a magic circle, crocheting in the round, and doing tapestry crochet in the round. You can find my video tutorial for this pattern on my Youtube channel here: Candy Cane Gift Basket Tutorial.

Yarn

To make this candy cane basket, I used Mary Maxim Starlette Sparkle Yarn. Not only is this yarn super soft, but it also has a beautiful sparkle to it thanks to the metallic thread woven into the yarn. It adds a fun festive flair to the candy cane striping that is perfect for gift wrapping. If you don’t have access to this yarn, you can always use any worsted weight yarn to make it. I highly recommend the Mary Maxim Starlette Yarn though if you want to have the sparkle in it!

Mary Maxim Countdown to Christmas

Not only is this pattern available for free on my blog, but it’s also part of the fun Countdown to Christmas event on the Mary Maxim blog! This event has 1 new crochet or other craft pattern featured on all of the days till Christmas. It’s full of amazing designers, and each pattern will be available as a free pdf on the Mary Maxim blog. Click here to download the free PDF of this pattern! That means that you can get this crochet pattern as a free pdf on their blog! It’s my special Christmas gift to all of my readers! Head over to their blog to get all of the fun Countdown to Christmas patterns here: https://blog.marymaxim.com/.

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Supplies:

  • Mary Maxim Starlette Sparkle Yarn (Weight 4 worsted weight yarn) in two colors:
    • Cranberry 75 yards
    • White 75 yards
  • Size 7mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Marker

Abbreviations:

  • MC = Main Color
  • CC = Contrast Color
  • Sc = single crochet
  • St = stitch
  • blo = Back Loops Only
  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • bobble = bobble stitch (*yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops,* repeat till you have six loops on your hook, then yarn over and pull yarn through all 6) If you’ve never done a bobble stitch, check out my tutorial at: Bobble Stitch Crochet tutorial.

Measurements:

7″ across and 5 inches tall

Gauge:

14 sc x 13 rows & 14 hdc x 7 rows

Pattern Notes:

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  • This pattern is made using US crochet terminology.
  • Ch 2 does not count as a stitch.
  • Want to avoid crochet mistakes while crocheting this pattern? Learn how to avoid them with my blog post: 10 Mistakes Common Mistakes Crocheters Make and How to Avoid Them.
  • 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! For a tutorial on how to do tapestry crochet, check out my Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • This pattern starts out working in continuous rounds, and switches to joined rounds once you start working the sides of the basket. I recommend using a stitch marker in the first stitch to mark the beginning of the round.
  • Pattern is worked in one piece.
  • 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, (orange) sc 2

Candy Cane Gift Basket Video Tutorial:

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Candy Cane Gift Basket Crochet Pattern:

Starting with MC, you’ll be working in continuous rounds so mark the first st of each round with a stitch marker.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic circle [6 sc]

Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each sc around [12 sc]

Rnd 3: *Sc 1, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [18 sc]

Rnd 4: *Sc 2, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [24 sc]

Rnd 5: *Sc 3, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [30 sc]

Rnd 6: *Sc 4, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [36 sc]

Rnd 7: *Sc 5, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [42 sc]

Rnd 8: *Sc 6, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [48 sc]

Rnd 9: *Sc 7, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [54 sc]

Rnd 10: *Sc 8, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times [60 sc]

Rnd 11: *Sc 9, Sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times In last st where you do 2 sc, add one more sc for a total of 3 sc in the last st [66 sc]

You’ll now be switching to work in joined rounds and working in hdc.

Rnd 12-19: Ch 2, in blo *(MC) hdc 3, (CC) hdc 3, repeat from * 10 more times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round [66 hdc]

Rnd 20: Ch 2, *hdc 1, bobble 1, repeat from * 32 more times [33 hdc, 33 bobbles]

I hope you love your new candy cane crochet gift basket! Your loved ones are going to love getting gifts in this, especially since they can reuse this basket. If you make some of your own, be sure to tag me on Instagram @eclairemakery and use the hashtag #eclairemakery. I’d love to share your projects!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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