{Crochet} T-Shirt Yarn Shell Basket Free Pattern


Last week I shared a quick pattern to make a crochet necklace using T-Shirt yarn. Well I couldn’t stop there after discovering how much I liked this chunkier yarn so I’m back with another pattern I whipped up to make this shell-inspired crochet basket.

The thing I really like about T-shirt yarn is that it works up really quickly and while the size of the hook (15mm) takes a bit of getting used to, it’s really nice to work with, although that might be because it’s made of wood and I’m used to metal hooks.


Anyway, this basket can be worked up in a couple of hours or less and then left overnight to harden after a good dousing of spray starch or sugar/water spray mix. I hope you like my pattern and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

What you need:

  • T-Shirt Yarn
  • A 15mm crochet hook


  • UK crochet stitches used throughout
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet

Work in continuous rounds, sl st to join at the end of each round.

  • Rd 1: Ch 6, sl st to join. Ch 2.
  • Rd 2: 2tr into next st, ch 2. Repeat around. Sl st. Ch 2.
  • Rd 3. Tr in each st around. Sl st.
  • Rd 4. Ch 5. Skip two sts. Sl st*. *Repeat around. When get to the end sl st to the middle of the shell for the start of the next row.
  • Rd 5-7. Repeat rd 4, sl st to the middle of the shell once you have finished each round to start the next round. This makes sure the shells overlap. Fasten off.

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To make your bowl more sturdy, spray with spray starch or sugar/water mix and place over a bowl to harden overnight. Make sure you drench the bowl to get it really stiff as the gaps in the pattern can make it a bit wobbly if you miss this step. Dry overnight.

That’s it! Now you can use the bowl for whatever you like! Surprise, surprise, mine is used to hold some of my wool stash, but it would be equally good for toys or cloths and flannels. It’s up to you!


I hope you liked this pattern and I would love to see your bowl if you make one so feel free to tag me in on Twitter or Instagram.

Lots of T-shirt yarn love,





Please do not claim this pattern as your own or copy it out and post it in full, but do feel free to use one photo and provide a link back to my blog. Thanks!