Scrap Yarn Crochet Basket – Scrapbusting Idea!

This crochet basket made from scrap yarn is the perfect craft project to use up all those leftover yarn ends that just seem to multiply.

Scrap yarn crochet basket pattern

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After making several Scrappy Crochet Blankets a little while ago I’d almost depleted all my yarn scraps. All I had left was a random pile of yarn that was totally unsuitable for blanket making.

Left with some fairly ugly yarn that was too scratchy, too thin or too thick for making blankets, the options were either, throw the yarn away or make something useful.

Scrap yarn crochet bag

What do I mean by ‘Ugly Yarn’?

I’m not a yarn snob, but sometimes I seem to find myself with yarn that is just truly awful.

Maybe it was passed on from a friend’s cousin, or found in a thrifted bag of craft supplies. In the end, someone didn’t want it, and now it’s taking up room in my craft stash.

I’m talking yarn that is so acrylic that it feels like plastic, wool that is too scratchy to wear against the skin, variegated yarn that looks like vomit when its knitted, or yarns that just aren’t enjoyable to knit or crochet with due to their texture.

Go look in your stash, I bet you have a few balls of yarn that you really hate.

If you’ve acquired a pile of not very nice yarn and don’t know what to do with it, making a Scrap Yarn Crochet Basket could be just the yarn project you’re looking for!

scrap yarn balls

Why making a Scrap Yarn Crochet Basket is the perfect Scrapbusting project

1. Any yarn weight is suitable

Because its crocheted using several yarns held together, you can really use nearly any thickness of yarn to achieve the desired yarn weight. Hold 2-3 strands together for thick yarn or 5-6 strands for thin yarn (or any combination of the two). I’ve used yarn as thin as 4ply (fingering), right through to Super Bulky.

2. Colours don’t matter

It doesn’t matter what colours you use because mixing up the yarns makes a pleasant speckled effect which disguises even the ugliest of colours. Variegated yarns seem to work especially well.

crochet basket filled with balls of yarn

3. It’s ok to mix fibers

Don’t worry about mixing fibers, it’s unlikely you’ll need to launder this project, so combining cotton, acrylic and wool is fine.

4. You won’t spend a cent

Using up yarns from your stash is free, so it’s the perfect money saving craft project to keep you busy right now.

5. Uses up a lot of yarn

This crochet basket is a real yarn eater! In short, making a scrap yarn crochet basket is the perfect way to use up leftover yarn from random projects and get rid of all that ugly yarn taking up precious space.

Scrap yarn crochet bag

So many uses!

I’ve already found so many practical uses for this crochet basket.

It makes a perfect craft project bag. Nice and big to hold lots of supplies and whatever I’m working on. The handles make it easy to move everything from room to room.

One can never have too may storage baskets and the large size of this crochet basket makes it perfect for storing toys, blankets, yarn, and clothing. When not in use it packs away nice and flat.

I really like how it looks with a plant in it. This handmade basket is a great way to hide ugly plastic pots, and the colour and texture certainly cheer up a room. Don’t forget to add a plastic tray to protect your crochet planter basket from getting wet.

Crochet planter basket

You may enjoy these crochet basket patterns:

How to make a Large Crochet Basket from Scrap Yarn

scrap yarn crochet basket pattern

Rather than a crochet basket pattern, I’ve written more of a ‘How to make a Crochet Basket’ recipe. No matter what kind of yarn you use, my crochet basket instructions will help you make a super practical scrap yarn basket every time.

I’ve included a finished size and hook recommendation, but once you know how, you can make your own basket in any size you like.

You’ll need to know some crochet basics to make this basket, but it’s fairly beginner friendly and stress free to make.

I used a 9mm hook and held about 4-5 stands of DK (8ply) yarn together to make a really firm fabric with Single crochet (US) stitch, (Dc UK).

single crochet stitch

The finished gauge is around 9.5st and 10 rows per 4″ sq (10x10cm). You can make a little sample swatch before you start, but gauge is not super crucial. The important thing is to get a really tight robust crochet fabric, so adjust your hook size up or down as needed so the stitches are quite tight.

A firm fabric will help the basket stand on its own.

If you have lots of little yarn ends, make several balls of yarn just by knotting the ends together similar to a magic yarn ball, but the joins don’t have to be invisible.

The knots will be out of sight, inside the basket, so don’t waste your time joining ends too perfectly.

inside crochet basket, yarn knots

Finished size:  30cm (12″) tall, 35cm (13.5″) wide

You will need:

Stitches used & Abbreviations – US terminology used

Magic loop
ch chain stitch
sc Single crochet (US) = double crochet (UK)
ss Slip Stitch
st(s) Stitch(s)

crochet basket instructions

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is worked in the round (spiral). See instructions for how to make a Single Crochet stitch.

Several yarns are held together to create a super bulky weight yarn. Any knots should be positioned towards the inside of the basket.

How to:

Crochet the basket base

1. Crochet the base of the basket using a basic circle pattern. The exact pattern will vary depending on the thickness of your yarn but use the following as a guide:

R1 – Make a Magic loop and sc 6 stitches into it
R2 – 2 sc into every st
R3 – (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around
R4 – (sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) around

As a general rule, with every round, you work one more regular stitch between your increase stitches.

crochet basket base

Keep checking that your circle is laying flat.

If your circle shows signs of ruffling, pull back a couple of rounds and skip the increases for one round. Because you’re skipping a set of increases, you’ll have fewer stitches and hopefully a flatter edge.

Continue crocheting your base until the diameter reaches 35cm (13.5″) or your desired size. Around 17 rounds.

Final stitch count is irrelevant.

To make the basket sides

2. Once you are happy with the size of the base, continue to crochet sc in a spiral but with no increases. The sides will start to curl up and build the walls of the basket.

crochet basket instructions

3. Continue to crochet until the walls reach about 25cm tall (10″), or about 25 rows.

To make the handles

4. Lay the project flat aligning the top edges. Mark the center stitch on both the front and back, measuring in from the sides, with a stitch marker.

crochet basket instructions

5. To make a handle count 5 stitches out from each center stitch and place a stitch marker.

how to crochet a basket handle

6. Single crochet up to and into the stitch with the 1st marker, chain 9, and then sc into the stitch with the 2nd marker. Continue sc around the basket and repeat on the opposite side.

how to crochet a basket handle

7. On the next round, when you reach the chain, sc 9 stitches over the chain into the gap.

how to crochet a basket handle

how to crochet a basket handle

8. Crochet 2 more rounds to complete basket handles.

how to crochet a basket handle

9. To finish, slip stitch the last few stitches, break off yarn and weave ends in.

All done! Time to enjoy your new basket.

Scrap yarn crochet basket pattern

scrap yarn crochet basket pattern

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23 Comments

  • Wanda Burnett says:

    Size N is the 9mm crochet size. I am not crochet person, but knitting better. I am going to get most of my yarn scraps and make one basket.

  • MG says:

    DO you have a printable version of this? I’m not seeing it.

    • I don’t have a printable version at the moment, but feel free to copy and paste any relevant information into a word doc for your personal use.

    • Noriko says:

      I would love to make this!!!! Do you happen to have this on YouTube? I am very new to knit/crochet, i find that it’s easy to see as you make, and try to understand!! I am excited to make this!!!! Thank you!

      • Sorry I don’t have a video for this, but you can use a ‘how to crochet a SC circle’ video for the base, then the sides are just all single crochet without any increases.

      • Alex says:

        I am an avid knitter, not so much for crochet but have a bag full of scraps and things that I have no idea what I wanted to do with it until now.
        I’m going to get my mum to help with the crochet basics but do you think it would be easy enough to modify into a square size? I’ve just got one of those cube storage units and would love to make something like this from my scraps for the storage of my yarns.

        • Yes, I’ve made a similar style of basket in a rectangular shape, but the sides don’t self support so it ends up a bit floppy.
          To adjust the pattern, make a square base and then just single crochet all stitches to build the sides. Here are some instructions for making a square or rectangle in single crochet. http://shrsl.com/2kbrp

  • Anne Lumsden says:

    I know it’s only Sept. but I have just looked out lots of scraps and complete balls of crazy yarn and am going to make an advent kit for myself to crochet the basket during Dec. There will be a corny joke in each small bag of yarn (just can’t call it wool).
    Looking forward to clearing some cupboard space and putting the yarn to some use.
    Many thanks for the pattern.

    • That’s a fantastic idea – so fun! Enjoy your crocheting!

    • Anne Lumsden says:

      Now end of Oct. and making 8th basket. I am a tight knitter and crocheter so I opted to use a 10mm hook, I am making a nesting set of baskets I find I just need to go down 1 inc row before making the next smallest size of basket. I have also made 2 rolled edge cat baskets for my DD’s cats using the pattern with a 15st base. Still using up scraps and now have some much needed empty cupboard space. Great pattern and a pity the scraps took up valuable cupboard space for years not being used. My DD has asked for the pattern to use her scraps. Many thanks.

  • Laura says:

    What yarn would you recommend as I don’t have enough of a stash of leftover yarns to make one and want to make for Christmas presents.
    Thank you

  • Deborah Christine von Stieglitz says:

    Love the baskets. Thank you.

  • Roslyn Evans says:

    I am trying to make the basket but having trouble with the base not sitting flat. Please could you tell me what you mean by ” general rule with every round you work one more regular stitch between your increase stitches”.
    Thanking you Regards Roslyn

  • Becky Smolski says:

    Thank you for the ‘recipe’ for this basket! It was fun to read and I am looking forward to trying it!
    I seem to collect LOTS of what I call ‘orphaned yarn’…it has no label…and I have been making rugs and market bags with these yarns.
    I think this basket is a perfect addition to my projects.
    Happy Stitching!

  • Robin says:

    Im making this basket now😊
    Just wondering if you turned the project inside out after completed. I prefer the pattern facing me as I work which would actually be the inside of the basket.
    Loving the outcome so far. Thank you so much

  • Mandi says:

    I have a bin full of fun fur that I never liked. Thinking 2-3 strands of that with 2-3 strands of worsted weight scraps will work us nicely. So happy to use that yarn that I didn’t like but couldn’t part with for some reason!

  • Audrey says:

    I am new to crocheting. So, I don’t have scrap yarn laying around. How many skeins do you think that I would need? I would like to use 3 different variegated yarns. How many do I buy of each one? Thank you.

  • Stephanie Metzger says:

    I made this and will be making more. They are wonderful. I love how it doesn’t need to be perfect to store my yarn.

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