Knitting Directions for Pinwheel Basket Pattern
I love using baskets around the house. They're always handy to hold things and to use as decoration. 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.
I'm using my basket to put a plant in. 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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 of how to pick up stitches, visit knittinghelp.com.
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.
Repeat basket pattern until you reach the height you want, ending with Row 6. I did 3 repeats.
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.
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