Fast and Free Crochet T-shirt Yarn Basket Pattern

I find my crochet t-shirt yarn basket so useful because it’s so easy to keep the mess stylishly tidy! Make my Chunky Crochet T-shirt Yarn Basket with another free crochet pattern right here on the blog.

Chunky Crochet T-shirt Yarn Basket

As quick crochet projects go, this chunky crochet t-shirt yarn basket was one of the quickest makes. Although I have two children, I managed to finish this basket in one day from start to finish. Now that is an achievement.

Firstly, I started crocheting a circle for the bottom of my chunky crochet basket. Then I carried on working in round to create the sides until I ran out of yarn. I love when you can use up every single bit of the yarn skein.

Secondly, I was looking for a great idea that would work for the handles. For the sturdy leather handles I cut up my husband’s old belt (do not tell him that) and I was done. It is a great way to Upcycle and give a new purpose to an item that would otherwise be thrown out.

chunky crochet t-shirt yarn basket positioned next to a stool with plant


I have used a recycled T-shirt yarn because it works up really fast and creates a sturdy basket. I used Tek Tek T-shirt yarn which is produced in Portugal. The bobbins are made up from the remnant fabrics from the fashion industry.

That is another reason why I love this basket so much. Repurposing items that would go to waste and giving them a second chance to be something useful.

That is another reason why I love this basket so much. It uses recycled materials and I repurposed an old belt- for me that’s a win win!

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This chunky T-shirt yarn crochet basket uses a great textured and dense stitch- linked double crochet. It is a beginner friendly crochet stitch that is easy to memorize and it makes a sturdy basket.

I have worked this stitch through back loop only which ads to the texture and overall look of the basket. You can find a video tutorial for this stitch below and if you enjoy it, why not subscribe to my YouTube channel.

For a in-depth tutorial for the stitch used, please check out Linked Double Crochet Stitch – Free Tutorial.

YouTube video

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Tek Tek T-shirt yarn; super chunky T-shirt yarn; 100-120m per 700g-1kg x 1 ball in mustard yellow

12 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle


Leather handles or old belt


17cm height x 33.5cm bottom circle diameter


The bottom circle after completing round 2 measures 13.5cm across

6 sts X 3 rows = 10 x 10 cm measured over linked dc


ch- chain stitch

dc- double crochet

sl st- slip stitch

linked dc blo- linked double crochet worked through back loop only


  • Pattern starts with working a flat circle for the base of the basket.
  • The body of the basket is worked in rounds of linked dc through blo.
  • The basket is finished off by attaching handles.


  • To adjust the width of the basket, add/take away rounds to the bottom circle of the bag.
  • To adjust the height of the basket, add/take away rounds of linked dc.
close up of crochet t-shirt yarn basket


Create magic circle, chain 2 (doesn’t count as a stitch)

Rnd 1: work 12 dc into magic circle, sl st to first dc. 12 dc

Rnd 2: 2 ch (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), 2 dc in each st around, sl st to first dc. 24 dc

Rnd 3: 2 ch, (1 dc, 2 dc in next st) rep around, sl st to first dc. 36 dc

Rnd 4: 2 ch, (2 dc, 2 dc in next st) rep around, sl st to first dc. 48 dc

Rnd 5: 2 ch, (3 dc, 2 dc in next st) rep around, sl st to first dc. 60 dc

Rnd 6: 2 ch, 1 linked dc in blo in each st around, sl st to first dc. 60 linked dc

Repeat Rnd 6 another four times. Fasten off.


Weave in both ends and secure by sewing over them with needle and thread.

Attach your choice of leather handles to either side of the bag.

For my handles I used my husband’s old leather belt (don’t tell him). I cut off both sides of the belt, the buckle and holes and cut the remaining piece of leather in half. Then punched 2 holes in either end of the handles and sew them onto the basket with 4-ply cotton yarn instead of thread to give the handles extra support.

I hope you enjoyed this crochet basket pattern. I have more free crochet patterns that you might enjoy right here on the blog. For more functional crochet patterns for your home, check out Crochet Pyramid Doorstop.

If you are looking for more projects that use T-shirt yarn, check out my Solar Circle Round Crochet Rug. It is a quick and easy pattern that will add a touch of crochet magic to your home decor.

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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