This pretty knit basket will be a fun decoration in your home.
- DMC Brilliant Knitting/Crochet Cotton, 300 yds. of white
- One set of double-pointed knitting needles, size 3 (3mm) or size needed to obtain correct gauge
- Crochet hook, size F/5 (3.75mm)
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker
- Liquid fabric stiffener
- Large empty cottage cheese container, washed and dried
- Plastic wrap
- Clean foam bakery or meat tray 9 in. square or larger
- Rust-proof straight pins
- Plastic-coated coat hanger
- Dried or silk flowers to fill basket
GAUGE: 24 sts and 32 rds = 4 in. Make sure to check your gauge and adjust needle size to match gauge.
MAKE ONE: m 1
Increase 1 stitch by knitting under the horizontal strand between two stitches
SLIP, SLIP, KNIT: ssk
Insert right-hand needle in next stitch on left-hand needle as if to knit and slip it onto right-hand needle. In the same way, slip a second stitch onto riht-hand needle. Insert left-hand needle through front of these two stitches and knit together as if they were one stitch. If done correctly, the decrease will slope toward the left.
BASKET BASE: Using two strands held together and worked as one throughout, cast on 6 sts for bottom of basket. Evenly divide sts onto three needles.
- Rnd 1: * K 1, m 1; rep from * around (4 sts on each needle).
- Rnd 2: K each st around.
- Rnd 3: * K 1, yo; rep from * around (8 sts on each needle).
- Rnds 4-5: K each st around for two rnds.
- Rnd 6: * K 1, yo; rep from * around (16 sts on each needle).
- Rnds 7-10: K each st around for four rnds.
BASKET SIDES: S Rnd 1: * Yo, k 2 tog; rep from * around (16 sts on each needle).
- S Rnd 2: K each st around (16 sts on each needle).
- Alternate S Rnds 1 and 2 until sides measure 3-1/2 inches or desired height from S Rnd 1.
- Next rnd: P each st around.
- Inc rnd: * P 1, p in front and back of next st; rep from * around (24 sts on each needle). Leaving sts on needles, use attached yarn to loosely cast 12 sts onto last needle at end of rnd. Turn work.
LACE EDGING: Foundation row: Knitting back and forth in rows from this point on, yo, k 2 tog, k 9, place marker, ssk; turn work, leaving remaining sts on needles unworked.
- L Row 2: Sl 1, slip marker; k 3, yo, k 2 tog, k 2, yo, k 2 tog, yo, k 2, turn work (12 sts after marker).
- L Row 3 and all odd-numbered rows: Yo, k 2 tog, k to marker, slip marker; ssk, turn work. (Each ssk joins lace to side of basket, gradually reducing the number of sts on needles.)
- L Row 4: Sl 1, slip marker; k 2, [yo, k 2 tog] twice, k 2, yo, k 2 tog, yo, k 2, turn work (13 sts after marker).
- L Row 6: Sl 1, slip marker; k 3, [yo, k 2 tog] twice, k 2, yo, k 2 tog, yo, k 2, turn work (14 sts after marker).
- L Row 8: Sl 1, slip marker; k 2, [yo, k 2 tog] three times, k 2, yo, k 2 tog, yo, k 2, turn work (15 sts after marker).
- L Row 10: Sl 1, slip marker; k 2, [k 2 tog, yo] twice, k 2, k 2 tog, [yo, k 2 tog] twice, k 1, turn work (14 sts after marker).
- L Row 12: Sl 1, slip marker; k 1, k 2 tog, yo, k 2 tog, yo, k 2, k 2 tog, [yo, k 2 tog] twice, k 1, turn work (13 sts after marker).
- L Row 14: Sl 1, slip marker; k 2, k 2 tog, yo, k 2, k 2 tog, [yo, k 2 tog] twice, k 1, turn work (12 sts after marker).
- L Row 16: Sl 1, slip marker; k 1, k 2 tog, yo, k 2, k 2 tog, [yo, k 2 tog] twice, k 1, turn work (11 sts after marker).
- L Row 17: Repeat L Row 3.
- Repeat L Rows 2-17 around basket until sts on basket sides are gone. Ending with an odd-numbered row, weave remaining sts to 12 cast-on sts at beg of lace edging.
HANDLE: Use two double-pointed needles and a double strand of crochet cotton to cast on 7 sts.
- H Row 1: Knit 1 row; do not turn work.
- H Row 2: Switch needle to left hand and slide all 7 sts to other end of needle. Bringing yarn around back, k the first st, and pull yarn firmly so right-hand needle is pulled in back of work and two ends are joined. Twist point of right-hand needle to front and k remaining 6 sts; do not turn work.
- Repeat last row until cord measures 13 inches. (Don’t worry about loose sts in back.) Bind off in knit.
- Tug at two ends of cord to make loose stitches disappear. If this doesn’t work, spread apart loose stitches so a definite “ladder” of horizontal sts appears between two back rows. Use tail at beg of cord to make a lp on crochet hk near work. Insert hk under two threads of bottom horizontal row and pull them through lp; * in same way, pull next horizontal row through new lp; rep from * to top of cord. Pull tail at end of cord through lp to secure st. (This row should look like all other knit rows. If it is uneven or pulls, some horizontal rows were missed. If sts appear upside down, you started at the wrong end.)
- If needed, cut down cottage cheese container to a 4-inch height. Cover with plastic wrap and place upside down on foam tray.
- Following manufacturer’s directions, apply fabric stiffener to knit basket and handle. Arrange basket around container. Pin lace edging to foam tray, pulling out the points. The edging should come off of basket at an angle and not lay flat.
- Cut a 13-inch-long piece of coat hanger and slide through center of basket handle. Bend handle into a U-shape and poke ends of wire into tray. Let basket and handle dry.
- Sew handle to inside of basket. Add flowers and additional trim as desired.
Finished size: Basket measures about 8 in. high, including handle, and 8 in. across lace edge.
- beg beginning
- inc increase
- k knit
- lp(s) loop(s)
- p purl
- rem remaining
- rep repeat
- rnd(s) round(s)
- sl slip
- st(s) stitch(es)
- tog together
- yo yarn over
- * or  Instructions after * or between brackets are repeated as directed
- () Instructions in parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as indicated
Lacy Knit Flower Basket from Diane Zangl of Lomira, Wisconsin