Free Crochet Pattern: Box

By Rachel Choi – 41 Comments
Here is a simple box that can be used as a gift box or as a safe place to store small treasures. The lid is detachable and you can even adjust the size of the box if you desire. Make this a special box by adding appliqués! Just follow the crochet instructions below to create your very own box!

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy
crochet box

Finished Size: 3” (7.5 cm) x 3” (7.5 cm) x 2 ½” (6.5 cm)
Note: to alter the size of the box, follow the directions within the pattern

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Box
Round 1:ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 4 sc
Round 2: 3 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: sc in next sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next sc: 20 sc
Round 4: sc in next 2 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc: 28 sc
Round 5: sc in next 3 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc: 36 sc
Round 6: sc in next 4 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc: 44 sc
Round 7: sc in next 5 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc: 52 sc
Note: to increase the size of the box, continue to increase the size of the square
Round 8 (work all stitch in back loop only): sc in next 6 sc, (decrease, sc in next 11 sc) 3 times, decrease, sc in next 5 sc: 48 sc
Note: the decreases are made in each of the four corner. If you altered the size of the square, you must shift the decreases in round 8.
Round 9 – 20: sc in each sc around: 48 sc
Finish Off.

Lid
Round 1:ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 4 sc
Round 2: 3 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: sc in next sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next sc: 20 sc
Round 4: sc in next 2 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc: 28 sc
Round 5: sc in next 3 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc: 36 sc
Round 6: sc in next 4 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc: 44 sc
Round 7: sc in next 5 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc: 52 sc
Round 8: sc in next 6 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 12 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc: 60 sc
Note: to increase the size of the lip, continue to increase the size of the square
Round 9 (work all stitch in back loop only): sc in next 7 sc, (decrease, sc in next 13 sc) 3 times, decrease, sc in next 6 sc: 56 sc
Note: the decreases are made in each of the four corner. If you altered the size of the square, you must shift the decreases in round 9.
Round 10 – 13: sc in each sc around: 56 sc
Finish Off.

If you need help crocheting this box, let me know by leaving a comment and I would be glad to help!

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41 Comments

  1. Vims says:

    Love this one Rachel! Thanks so much!

  2. Harold says:

    Oh this is gonna be a fun one to make. Glad to see thta your back up and running again, Rachel. ;-)

  3. Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing this pattern!!!

    I am going to make one soon to store my little bits and bobs!

    Michelle

  4. Hilla says:

    Aaw! Cute little box.

  5. Alyssa says:

    Looks so cute, cant wait to make one!

  6. sara says:

    This is a great idea, and sooo cute. You could even add some wee eyes and a smiley face.

  7. missy says:

    what is the best kind of yarn to use for this? i started out using some cotton but that was just all floppy and discombobulated (omg i spelled that right) then i tried it using plarn but i was trying to remember the pattern off the top of my head and epically failed. lol

    • Rachel says:

      I just used acrylic, nothing special. If you have any of that cheap red heart yarn, it’s really stiff stuff. It’s the small hook that should make the stitches tight so that it won’t be so floppy. But of course it won’t be stiff like a cardboard box.

  8. missy says:

    thanks :] i was gonna use red heart at first, but i would of had to get up to get it, and cotton was on my bedside table. hahaha.

  9. Lupita says:

    Very cute. Where do you get these ideas from? they are awesome!!!!!!!!

  10. evi fidyah says:

    sooo cute…is it work in round?or joining every round with slipstitch?

  11. cherine says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Thank you for posting up this lovely pattern! Can I change SC to HDC for the few last top rounds? As this pattern is crocheted in spiral way, how do I change SC to HDC? Do I need to ch 2 first and sl st at the last st of that round? Hope you are able to understand what I’m trying to say…sorry for my poor English. Thanks!

    • Rachel says:

      Cherine, you can replace the sc with hdc. You can work hdc in a spiral as well, without the ch 2 and sl st. But you can do the ch-2 and sl st if you desire.

  12. cherine says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Do you mean that I can change to HDC even if I started with SC for the 1st few rounds(halfway of the project), in a spiral way? or I must crochet the whole project either only with SC or HDC?

    • Rachel says:

      Cherine, you can replace the sc in rounds 9 – 20 with hdc. You can do it the spiral way or not spiral way, your choice. Let me know if you need more help.

  13. cherine says:

    Thanks, Rachel, will definitely try this out! God bless.

  14. patricia says:

    Hi there, thanks so much for the pattern. I have been looking for a square in the round for soooooo long. My issue is how can I make the basket look more square at the top. The basket is square at the base but because of the “in the round” spiral it winds up looking round. I have shaped it but still, I hope you know what I mean. Is there a stitch that I could use in the corners to sharpen up the corners as I go up the edges? Thanks very much. pat.

  15. Patricia says:

    Hi, thanks for getting back to me so soon. Well, I am not sure that there is more that I can do, other than shaping the piece dry. I am using regular red heart acrylic yarn and I know water doesn’t really do much. I guess I will have to show the people I give my baskets to how to “block” or shape the square baskets. Thanks again. Patricia.

  16. sofea says:

    instead of sc,can i do dc instead?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sofea, if you use dc, the bottom of the box may not lay flat since the dc stitches are longer than sc stitches. I wouldn’t recommend using dc, but you can play around with it if you’d like.

  17. Ghislaine Pelletier says:

    Bonjour,

    Have you other model box crochet? Je ne parle pas anglais. Merci
    Ghislaine

  18. Beth says:

    Can you explain the decrease to me. I think I’m missing something.

    Thanks. Beth

  19. Denise says:

    I would also like to know how to change SC to HDC.
    Normally there would be a “ch 2 and sl st” at the end of the sc round, but working in a spiral I don’t know how to do it!
    Please help! Tks in advance.

  20. juliet says:

    hi! i need some help. this is my first time making a box, and when i finished the 20th row of the box, it’s clear that the last stitch (and round) is higher than the one before. does that make any sense? i’m supposed to finish off after the last stitch, but it clearly looks higher than the first stitch of the previous round, which is right next to it. what did i do wrong? is there any way to fix this? thanks so much.

  21. juliet says:

    thanks rachel. also, in some of your patterns i notice that you say to “place marker.” what does that mean? as you can tell i’m new to crocheting (and i love your website!)

  22. Asprin says:

    If you want a round based box, how do you transition from base to side?

    I guess a hexagonal based one would have 6 instead of 4 sc in the first round? but the transition would be the same as the square box?

  23. Karen says:

    I just completed my first box and I just love this pattern. I also plan to use the spiral square concept to make myself some coasters. Thanks for the great pattern!

  24. Sarah says:

    Hi I’m doing this for a school assignment. Can you explain what you mean by decrease, sc in next 11 sc?

  25. Lunesita Breuer says:

    Am making a bigger box for the cabinet using a rayon cord. After 15 rounds working on the sides, it seemed like the higher it becomes, the bigger it looked. Shall i do another round of decreases at each corner?

    Thanks.

    Lunie

  26. Midge says:

    How would this work using either ‘plarn’ or t-shirt yarn??

  27. Liz says:

    Rachel,
    Congradulations on being selected as a feature on AllCrafts!! The small box w/lid is so cute & a great idea for a gift box as well. See you on The Crochet Spot :-)

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