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Knitting Directions for a Pinwheel Basket Pattern

An avid knitter for over 10 years, Donna enjoys sharing her free patterns and knitting experience with other fiber fans and yarn lovers.

Knitted pinwheel basket pattern

Knitted pinwheel basket pattern

Knit a Basket With an Intricate Pinwheel Pattern

I love using baskets around the house. They're always handy to hold things and to use as decorations. I made this knitted one using Zoë Scheffy's free Pinwheel Coaster pattern as a base, then knitting up the sides to form the basket. My basket is 5 1/2 inches in diameter and about 4 inches high. I made this basket to hold a plant, but you could change the size and make a basket to hold just about anything.

Knitted basket

Knitted basket

How to Use It as a Plant Basket

This basket will not hold water, of course, so I've put a plastic storage container inside to protect my knitted basket. It works perfectly and also adds some structure to the basket.

My Materials

  • less than 1/2 skein of Red Heart Fiesta yarn in Platinum (main color) or any worsted weight yarn
  • less than 1/2 skein of Plymouth Yarn Galway in Maroon/color 12 (contrast color) or any other worsted weight yarn
  • #8 needle
  • one stitch marker

How to Get Started on Your Knitted Basket

  1. Knit the coaster. I started by casting on 12 sts in the Red Heart Fiesta and following the Pinwheel Coaster pattern to knit the base of my basket. I've found this Red Heart Fiesta yarn is particularly good for making household items. It seems to be a sturdier yarn and holds shape really well.
  2. Darn the center hole (optional). Once I completed the coaster, I darned up the hole in the center, using more of the Fiesta. I'm not sure this is essential, but I think it will probably give more strength and support to the basket.
  3. Pick up stitches. Then with the right side facing me, I picked up 72 stitches around the edge of the coaster, again using the Fiesta (main color or MC). For a video tutorial on how to pick up stitches, visit
  4. Start the pattern. I then started the pattern below, adding the Galway (contrast color or CC). If you make a different size, just be sure to pick up your stitches in multiples of 4.

Basket Pattern (Using Multiples of 4 sts)

Row 1: K2(MC), *k1(CC), k3(MC)* repeat between ** to end.
Row 2: *K1(MC), k1(CC)* repeat between ** to end.
Row 3: *K1 (CC), k3(MC)* repeat between ** to end.
Row 4: *K1 (CC), k3(MC)* repeat between ** to end.
Row 5: *K1(MC), k1(CC)* repeat between ** to end.
Row 6: K2(MC), *k1(CC), k3(MC)* repeat between ** to end.

Finished knitted pinwheel basket

Finished knitted pinwheel basket

Repeats and Finishing

Repeat basket pattern until you reach the height you want, ending with Row 6. I did three repeats.

How to Finish the Basket With a Rolled Top

With just MC, knit 2 rows. Then do a decrease row by knitting together (k2tog) every 7th and 8th st around. Knit another round. Do another decrease round by knitting together every 7th and 8th st. Knit one more round, then bind off.

© 2012 Donna Herron


Donna Herron (author) from USA on January 04, 2015:

Hi Michele! The pinwheel coaster isn't exactly round when completed, but it's not square either. It's definitely more round than square and would probably work for your cat bed project. Sounds like a big project to make these beds for your cats. I'd love to hear how they come out (I'm sure your cats will love them!) Thanks so much for your comments and vote up. Good luck!

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on January 04, 2015:

Very nice article! I hope you check out some of my knitting articles and perhaps we can link ours together.

If I'm understanding correctly when I looked up the pinwheel coaster it was a square? I only ask because your base looks like it's round.

I would like to try to make this on a much larger scale. I'd like a circular object like this to be a large pet bed for my 2 cats. I'm not very advanced but based on these patterns I think I can do it if I can figure out how to increase the circumference. If it is a square base, I don't mind. I think it will serve the same purpose.

If I am correct on this pattern, I think it's exactly what I've been searching for to make my kitties a big bed! This will be awesome! Voted up and useful, awesome and interesting!


Michele Kelsey

Donna Herron (author) from USA on January 17, 2014:

Hi Melinda - Thanks so much for your comments! This design isn't really that difficult - the pattern directions do all the work for you :) I hope you give it a try! Thanks for reading - I appreciate it!

Melinda Longoria MSM from Garland, Texas on January 17, 2014:

The design is so cute! I love the Moroccan look of your design. I can't wait to see more of your work. I don't see myself ever making something this complex, but love the idea.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on January 17, 2014:

Hi Heather - this plant is a 99 cent special that my husband picked up and gave me on Valentine's day! Doesn't matter - I think it's pretty :) I just happened to use some leftover yarn for this basket that I had an hand, but it worked out well as a container for this plant. I like it too. Thanks for your comments and share!

Heather from Arizona on January 16, 2014:

This is lovely. The colors of yarn used really compliment the plant. What kind of plant is that, btw? It's so beautiful. What a great project. This is a neat way to "dress up" your plants with different colors for each season.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on January 21, 2013:

Hey Jill - This is NOT a beginner project, but you'll get there :) We all have to start somewhere! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by!!

Jill Spencer from United States on January 20, 2013:

Oh, Donna, I would LOVE to make this. If only my yarn would stop falling off the needles! LOL--Jill aka The Knitwit

Donna Herron (author) from USA on November 12, 2012:

Yes, I think you're right! And it's a somewhat quick project too. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for your comment!!

theframjak from East Coast on November 12, 2012:

Very nice work. It looks like an easy way to add color to different objects in the room.