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Knit a Folk Art Basket

Add some coziness to your décor with a homemade basket that showcases traditional knitting techniques and functionality.

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by Danielle Atkins
Project sample knitted by Megan Senini

Excerpted from Knitted Baskets: 42 Hip, Happy, and Handmade Projects to Keep Your World Organized (Spring House Press).

 

Stranded knitting has a rich tradition in Scandinavia and the British Isles. Hats, mittens, socks, vests, and sweaters sport bands of decorative and whimsical designs. This basket captures a little flavor of those intrepid knitters who have created such functional and beautiful outerwear over the centuries.


Tools and Materials

  • 16-inch circular needles, U.S. size 4
  • 16-inch circular needles, U.S. size 5
  • Double-pointed needles, U.S. size 5
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • 1 skein each Berroco Vintage yarn (3 1/2ounces/218 yards) in the following colors: 5150 Berries (color A), 5101 Mochi (color B).

Finished measurements

8 inches wide by 4-1⁄4 inches high

Gauge

5-1/2(sts) = 1 inch

Abbreviations

K – knit

K2tog – knit two together

P – purl

Marker – place marker

St(s) – stitch(es)

Yo – yarn over

Inner Lining

With color A and using U.S. size 4 circular needles, cast on 128 sts and join into round, making sure not to twist the sts.

Round 1: Purl (p).

Round 2: Knit (k).

Round 3: Purl.

K 26 rows more.

Picot Edging

Switch to U.S. size 5 circular needles and *k2tog, yo. Repeat from * across the round.

Sides

Begin following the chart (at top); join color B when needed. Repeat 8 times to complete sides.

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Image y Danielle Atkins

Bottom of basket; Project sample knitted by Megan Senini

Bottom

Place marker every 16 sts.

Round 1: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (120 sts)

Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit.

Round 3: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (112 sts)

Round 5: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (104 sts)

Round 7: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (96 sts)

Round 9: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (88 sts)

Round 11: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (80 sts)

Round 13: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (72 sts)

Round 15: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (64 sts)

Round 17: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (56 sts)

Round 19: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (48 sts)

Round 21: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (40 sts)

Round 23: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (32 sts)

Round 25: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (24 sts)

Round 27: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (16 sts)

Round 29: *K2tog. Repeat from * across the round. (8 sts) Break yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail; thread onto yarn needle and pull through remaining sts. Work in tails.


Keeping Fiber Animals
Fiber crafts, such as knitting, weaving, and crocheting, continue to surge in popularity, with sites such as Ravelry (a social media community for the knitting- and crochet-obsessed) gaining more than 6 million members. Artists are seeking quality, raw materials in greater numbers. The cottage industry of supplying not only raw fleece but handcrafted yarns is strong. In The Good Living Guide to Keeping Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, Janet Garman, owner of a small fiber flock (including Pygora fiber goats), shares her expertise, as well as interviews, tips, and advice from fiber farmers and craftspeople across the country.

This title is available at the GRIT store, or by calling 866-803-7096. Item #9625.

Published on Feb 16, 2021

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