Baskets

Handmade Knitted Basket of Knitted Eggs Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

What you will need...

Total time - 3 hours 30 minutes

(Five pieces 30 minutes each,  Handle 10 minutes, 50 minutes sewing up)

4mm knitting needles (UK 8, US 6)

Chunky Double knitting yarn - light brown

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Handmade Knitted Basket and Knitted Eggs With Chicks Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Before You Start...

 

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

G-st = Garter stitch. Every row knit.

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - K wise unless otherwise stated. US - bind off.

TOP TIP

Chunky wool is recommended - This results in a more sturdy, stiffer basket, that is also a bit larger (less effort, more basket!) Stocking stitch also adds extra strength.

How to Make it...

Made up four knitted side pieces, a bottom piece and a finger-knitted handle.

Handmade Knitted Basket Side Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Side Piece

Make 4

Time - 30 Minutes Each

Size 8 cm

Needles 4mm

Yarn Colour Light Brown

Cast on 16 sts

Next row P (for detailing at the bottom of the basket)

Beginning with a P row St-st 9 rows

Continue in st-st working 5 more rows, Inc into the first and last stitch of each K row (20 sts)

St-st 5 further rows

Next row K (this adds the detailing at top of basket)

Cast off P-wise.

Handmade Knitted Basket Bottom Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Bottom Piece

Make 1

Time - 30 Minutes Each

Size 8 cm

Needles 4mm

Yarn Colour of your Choice

Cast on 16 sts

Beginning with a P row, st-st 19 rows

Cast off

Handmade Knitted Basket Handle Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Basket Handle

Make 1

Time - 10 Minutes

Size 22cm

Place two lengths of chunky wool together to make a thicker more sturdy handle. Over a metre of this will be needed to make this short length, depending on your tension.

Finger Knit a length as desired - the basket pictured was a length of 22 cm.

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Piece it Altogether

Oversew row ends of the four knitted side pieces with right side of st-st on the outside.

Sew on bottom piece, also with right side of st-st on the outside.

Sew on basket handle centrally to the top of two opposite side pieces.

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Make it Different!

Using garter stitch may be easier for children or those who are learning. This will still result in a good basket, but won't be as sturdy.

Instead of chunky yarn you could use two strands of regular yarn, and if doing so, using two different colours can also have a nice two-tone basket effect.

Make your basket even bigger by adding extra rows to the side pieces before the Inc section. (Keeping it an odd number to remain in sync with the st-st pattern).

Make the detailing bigger or add further striped detailing by doing a P row when on the R side of st-st, or K on the wrong side (i.e. do the opposite that you should be doing.)

Make some of the eggs to go in it!

Handmade Knitted Basket of Knitted Eggs Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and inspiration.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by emailing me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for you next challenge, have a look at what to try next!