Crochet a Basket with T-Shirt Yarn

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T-shirt yarn is fun to work with and great for sturdy home projects. Learn how to crochet a basket with T-shirt yarn.

crocheted basket

I’ve had this ball of T-shirt yarn for a long time. (It’s Lion Brand Fettuccine, which has been discontinued, but there are other T-shirt yarns out there, and you can make your own as well.)

Using T-Shirt Yarn

T-shirt yarn is pretty easy to work with. It is usually super bulky weight, so you need large needles or crochet hook to work with it, and it can be a little hard on your hands.

It’s also a little stretchy because of the nature of T-shirts, so you need to be careful not to stretch the yarn too much as you knit.

crocheted basket with t-shirt yarn

How to Crochet a Basket with T-shirt Yarn

One of the great things about T-shirt yarn being so bulky is that projects made with it tend to work up really quickly. Mine came out about 5 inches across the base and 4 inches tall, but you can vary the size by making the base smaller or larger or making the sides taller, though of course you will need more yarn to do that.

This little crocheted basket took less than half an hour, which makes it a perfect project for when you don’t feel like you have a lot of time but you just want to make something.

(Tell me I’m not the only one who feels like that.)


  • one ball (about 55 yards) of T-shirt yarn
  • size P/11/5 mm crochet hook
  • locking stitch marker, optional
crocheting basket with t-shirt yarn

Crocheted Basket Instructions

  1. Make a slip knot and chain 6. Use a slip stitch in the first stitch to join the work into the round. If desired, place a stitch marker to mark the end of the round.
  2. Single crochet 2 in each chain stitch. 12 stitches. Join the round with a slip stitch at the end of the round.
  3. Single crochet 2 in the next stitch, then 1 in the following stitch. Repeat around. 18 stitches. Join the round with a slip stitch at the end of the round.
  4. Single crochet 2 in the next stitch, then 1 in the next 2 stitches. Repeat around. 24 stitches.
  5. Work single crochet in every stitch around until you reach the desired size for your basket or almost run out of yarn. I was able to go around 5 times and had about 2 yards of yarn to spare.
  6. Finish off, cut any excess yarn and weave in ends.
crocheted basket with apples

Now I just need to decide what to put in this cute basket. It’s great for produce, or would be cute with a flower pot inside, or balls of yarn, or whatever little things you need to store.

What would you keep in a crocheted basket like this?

Related: crochet a rug from an old sheet.

crocheted basket made with t-shirt yarn

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