Cozy Cat Hideaway Crochet Basket Pattern for Beginners

I’m excited to share my new cat hideaway crochet basket pattern with you! This pattern is made with super bulky weight yarn, which means it works up quickly and is extra cozy. I made it for my kitten, Thor, and he absolutely loves it! It’s the perfect little nest for your furry friend to snuggle in.

Whether you’re making it for your own cat or as a gift, this basket is sure to be a hit. So grab your yarn and hooks, and let’s crochet a comfy basket for your kitty together! The free crochet pattern is below.

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Free Cat Hideaway Crochet Basket Pattern

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size: M/N-13 9 mm
  • Yarn: Super bulky weight yarn (#6). I used Lion Brand Yarns Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Oatmeal and Grey Marble. And I also used black.
  • Yarn needle: Use this to weave in your ends.
  • Scissors: Use scissors to fasten off your yarn.
  • Stitch marker(s): Optional. Use these to help keep track of your stitches. 
  • Starch spray: I used this to stiffen my basket.

Cat Hideaway Crochet Basket Pattern

Skill Level

Beginner. This crochet basket is made using basic crochet stitches.

Finished Size

The base of my basket is 12 inches in diameter and it is 12 inches tall. The opening is about 7.5 inches in diameter.

Gauge

9 stitches and 8 rounds = 4 inches

Yardage

I don’t have the exact yardage needed for each color, however, my basket weighs 486 grams/17.1 ounces.

Crochet Terms

  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc2tog = half double crochet decrease
  • ch/chs = chain/chains
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • blo = back loop only

Pattern Notes

  • The crochet basket pattern starts with a magic circle
  • The chain at the beginning of each round does not count as your first stitch. 
  • Join each round with a slip stitch to the first stitch made in that round. 
  • Repeat instructions between the asterisks (*) for the rest of the round.
  • You are crocheting in the round from the bottom up.
  • The pattern is written in US terms.

Cat Hideaway Crochet Basket Pattern Instructions

Make your basket in a solid color, or follow the color changes listed below.

Start with Oatmeal yarn.

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 10 hdc, join (10 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, join (20 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next st*, join (30 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next 2 sts*, join (40 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next 3 sts*, join (50 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next 4 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next 5 sts*, join (70 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next 6 sts*, join (80 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next 7 sts*, join (90 stitches)

Rnd 10: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in the next 8 sts*, join (100 stitches)

Rnd 11: Ch 2, hdc blo in each st, join (100 stitches)

Rnd 12: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch- work below the tops of the stitches in the area between the posts- this will make these stitches sturdier, join (100 stitches)

Rnds 13-16: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (100 stitches)

Switch to black yarn.

Rnds 17 & 18: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (100 stitches)

Switch to Grey Marble yarn.

Rnds 19-23: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (100 stitches)

Switch to black yarn.

Rnd 24: Ch 2, *hdc2tog, hdc in the next 8 sts*, join (90 stitches)

Rnd 25: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (90 stitches)

Switch to Oatmeal yarn.

Rnd 26: Ch 2, *hdc2tog, hdc in the next 7 sts*, join (80 stitches)

Rnd 27: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (80 stitches)

Rnd 28: Ch 2, *hdc2tog, hdc in the next 6 sts*, join (70 stitches)

Rnd 29: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (70 stitches)

Rnd 30: Ch 2, *hdc2tog, hdc in the next 5 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Switch to black yarn.

Rnd 31: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 32: Ch 2, *hdc2tog, hdc in the next 4 sts*, join (50 stitches)

How to Stiffen your Crochet Basket

To stiffen your crochet cat basket using starch spray, follow these simple steps:

  1. Evenly spray the inside and outside of your basket with starch spray.
  2. Let the basket dry completely.
  3. For extra stiffness, you might need to repeat the spraying and drying process once or twice more.

Your crochet cat basket should now be nice and stiff, providing a cozy and sturdy spot for your furry friend to enjoy!

Finishing

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

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Let’s Connect!

I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what you think about this pattern. You can find me on social media- InstagramFacebookPinterest, and my YouTube channel. Until then, happy crocheting! 

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