Quick and Easy Unicorn Basket

Quick and Easy Unicorn Basket

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I don’t know if you’re like me but as much as I love to crochet projects over a few days (or weeks), I also really enjoy to have a project that I can do in a couple of hours. It’s so satisfying to see something come together so quickly. For this particular basket, I thought about my daughter and let her cuteness guide me to crochet this cute and magical unicorn. You can customize the size of your basket and add as many flowers as you want.

Materials

 

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

sl st = Slip Stitch

Sc = Single Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

Tr = Triple Crochet

 

Notes

  • For the basket I used a double strand to make the basket stiffer and hold his shape better.
  • The ears, horn and flowers are made with a single strand of yarn.
  • The basket measure 5inches in diameter and 3 inches in height without the horn and ears or 4 inches with horn and ears.

Pattern

We will begin crocheting the base of the basket (working in joined rounds):

Using 6 mm hook and white yarn. (Double strands)

Round 1: Ch 1, 8 hdc in Magic Ring.  Sl st to first hdc (8 sts).

R2: Ch 1. *Inc*, rep 8 times.  Sl st to first hdc (16 sts).

R3: Ch 1. *Hdc 1, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (24 sts).

R4: Ch 1, *Hdc 2, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (32 sts).

R5: Ch 1, *Hdc 3, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (40 sts).

R6: Ch 1, *Hdc 4, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (48 sts).

We will now begin crocheting the body of the basket (still working in joined rounds)

R7: Ch 1, Hdc in back loop only around, Sl st to first hdc (48 sts).

R8-14: Ch 1, Hdc around, Sl st to first hdc (48 sts).

Fasten off and weave ends in.

** If you want to make your basket bigger simply continue after round 6 to increase your rounds until the desire size (for example the next round would be Ch1, *Hdc 5, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (48sts) and the next one Hdc 6 etc etc ). **

Ears (make 2)

Using 4 mm hook and white yarn

Ch 6

Row 1: Sc 1 in 2nd chain from hook and across. (5 sts)

R2: Ch 1, turn.  Sc across. (5 sts)

R3: Ch 1, turn.  Decrease, sc, decrease. (3 sts)

R4: Ch 1, turn. Decrease, sc. (2 sts)

R5: Ch 1, turn.  Sc across. (2 sts)

R6: Ch 1, turn.  Decrease. (1 sts)

R7: Ch 1, turn.  Sc across. (1 sts)

R8: Ch 1, Sc around and slip stitch to frst sc.

This last row makes a nice and clean edge to the ear, it also gives it a little curve for a more natural looks.

Fasten off leaving long tail.

 

Horn

Using 4 mm hook and yellow yarn

Ch 5

Row 1: Sc 1 in 2nd chain from hook and across. (4 sts)

R2: Ch 1, turn.  Sc across. (4 sts)

R3: Ch 1, turn.  Decrease twice (2 sts)

R4: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (2 sts)

R5: Ch 1, turn.  Decrease. (1 sts)

R7: Ch 1, turn.  Sc across. (1 sts)

R8: Ch 1, turn.  Slip stitch. (1 sts)

R9: Ch 1, Sc around and slip stitch to frst sc.

This last row makes a nice and clean edge to the horn.

Fasten off leaving long tail.

Flowers (make 3 or as much as you want)

Using 4 mm hook and pink or raspberry yarn

If you have a favorite rose or other flower pattern you can of course use those. Here’s my go to when I want to add flowers.

Ch 12 in third chain from hook  ( Dc, ch1, Tr, ch 1, Dc, ch1, Hdc, sl st) in the same stitch, sl st in next stitch, * ( Hdc, ch1, Dc, ch1, Tr, ch1, Dc, ch1, Hdc, sl st) all in one stitch, repeat from * across the entire chain. You will end up with five petals,

Fasten off leaving long tail.

You will have a cluster of petals. Starting with your first petal twist the petals around in a spiral until your flower is made. Holding the flower in the middle use the tails to secure the shape by sewing the petals together down the middle, your tail should come out behind when you’re done. Be sure to not use all the tail because you’ll need some to attach the flower to the basket.

 

Assembly

I like to pin everything before sewing it on to make sure i love the way it’s look. Maybe you’ll want the ears more apart or closer, so I really suggest you pin them before.

We will sew the ears first, then the horn and finally the flowers.

Sew the ears 9 stitches apart on the edge of the basket.

Attach the horn along the three middle stitches between the ears.

For the flowers, I opted for a simple three flower but you could add so much more.

I attached my pink flower right below the horn then add a raspberry flower on each side center below the stitch next to the ear.

Almost done!

For the eyes with the pretty eyelashes, I embroider them with black yarn and a tapestry needle over rounds 11 and 12.

Before you do anything here’s my tip for embroidery eyes and accent. I trace the shape that I want with safety pins to make sure I love the look and the position. According to the number and sizes of your flowers maybe you’ll need to add the eyes a row or two below mines.

The eyes are two simple arc with 2 eyelashes each.

If you haven’t done so already make sure to weave your ends in and secure everything you need to be secure and guess what? You’re done! To be honest it took me longer to write this pattern than crocheting this basket!

I hope this little unicorn basket will bring a touch of magic to your home.

Do you like this kind of quick and cute project? Any suggestion of animal/creature/character for my next basket?

As always, if you create something from my pattern make sure to use the #cozylittlemess so I can see what you made !!

This pattern is an original pattern by Valérie Prieur-Côté of Cozy Little Mess (April 2018). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.  
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