Little Christmas Treat Baskets

This year I am busy making a number of little Christmas treat baskets for family and friends. These are fairly quick and inexpensive to make and can hold things like sweets and other smaller gifts. To make bigger versions you only need to increase the pattern stitches or use a thicker yarn or bigger hook. I’ll explain the basic basket pattern in this post and after that the variations in different posts as we go along. Keep checking back. because I’ll add more as I make them.

A photo of three crochet treat baskets sitting next to one another on a wooden surface against a red wall. On the right is a Santa version with a Santa suit as the body and two splayed legs with black boots and red trousers with fluffy white trimmings at the ankles. Over the basket the two red arms make the handle, ending in fluffy white trimming at the wrists and white mittens. In the middle is a smaller basket with a white middle around which green Christmas wreaths with red ribbons made from crochet chains are displayed. It has two green Christmas trees with red baubles as the handles and a white tinsel like trimming round the base. ON the left it a basket made to look like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with a red nose, fluffy trimming, two big eyes and fluffy trimmed ears and antlers that form the handles of the basket.


  • Yarn as indicated for each little treat basket. Any chunky weight yarn will do for the main basket. Any chenille type yarn will do for fluffy trimmings. Tinsel type yarn is an eyelash yarn
  • Crochet hooks: 6 mm, 5.5 mm, 4 mm, 3.5 mm
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fibrefill Toy Stuffing

Skill Level

Easy, but this is not a beginner pattern as you need to be able to work front post single crochet stitches and to increase and decrease stitches. You will need to be able to crochet in both the back loops and front loops only on certain rounds. 

You will also need to know how to double crochet (UK=treble crochet) and make hdc (UK=htr) crochet stitches. You will also need to be able to change colours and work in the round both using slip stitches and by the amigurumi method. 


Please note that I am using US crochet terms throughout. I am actually British, but I find the US terms more intuitive. Measurements are always metric. 

sc – single crochet (UK = dc) 

hdc – half double crochet (UK = htr) 

dc – double crochet (UK = tr) 

fpsc – front post single crochet (UK = fpdc) 

sl – slip stitch 

ch – chain 

mr – magic ring 

st – stitch 

inc – increase by 2 st (2 stitches into the same stitch from previous row)

dec – decrease over 2 st (1 stitch across 2 stitches from previous row)

start(x) – Either mr (x sc in mr) or ch 2, x sc in 2nd chain from hook – whatever you like best [I am personally not a fan of mr and just stick to the ch 2 method] 

(x) – x = number of stitches at the end of round

BLO – Back Loops Only 

FLO – Front Loops Only 

Y/O – Yarn Over 

F/O – Fasten Off 


A few crochet treat baskets without any adornments stacked inside one another on a wooden surface. The bottom one is green, them there is a brown one inside that, green and white striped one above that and finally a red and white striped one

Basic Treat Basket (6 mm hook)

This pattern will be used for all the treat baskets with variations in colours used.

Treat Basket Base

Round 1: start(6) 

Round 2: (inc)* – repeat * around (12) 

Round 3: (1 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (18) 

Round 4: (2 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (24) 

Round 5: (3 sc, inc)* – repear * around (30) 

Round 6: (4 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (36) 

Round 7: (5 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (42) 

Round 8: (6 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (48) 

Round 9: (7 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (54) 

Round 10: (8 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (60) 

Round 11: (9 sc, inc)* – repeat * around (66) 

Round 12: sc around in BLO (66) 

Treat Basket Body

Round 1-14: fpsc around (66); 

Round 15: sc around in FLO;  This last round creates a little lip on the basket. If you do not want the lip then crochet through both loops of the previous stitches instead.

The Legal Stuff

Copyright 2023- Cazimodo Creative by Caz Thomson. I am very happy for you to make and also sell items using this pattern, but please don’t sell or otherwise distribute the pattern itself. Please credit me with a link to the pattern if you do sell your finished item online.

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