The inspiration for this little basket came from finding the yarn first, as soon as I saw the t-shirt style yarn, I knew that one could knit some heavy duty baskets to store a variety of knick knacks or to even store loom knitting projects. The fabric provides a sturdy foundation that will keep the small basket sitting on a flat surface.
Knitting Loom: Knitting loom in extra large gauge. Sample was knit using the Adjustable Hat loom.
Yarn: 55 yds of bulky weight of t-shirt style fabric. Sample used Fettuccini yarn by Lion Brand manufacturer in a denim blend colorway. Note: each color way is limited edition-be sure to buy enough yarn for the project(s) you have in mind.
Notions: heavy duty knitting tool, and tapestry needle.
Gauge: Gauge is not important for this project.
K: knit stitch (loosely)
P: purl stitch
CO: cast on (Sample uses the ewrap cast on).
BBO: basic bind off
- Working with this style of yarn is very difficult at first. The fabric has no elasticity so the first few rounds are a little hard to work, however, it gets easier after the 3rd or 4th round.
- I highly recommend to use a heavy duty knitting tool for this project. Again, due to the elasticity issue of the yarn, a heavy duty pick will allow you to lift the wraps easier.
- Work your knit stitch loosely.
Set up the Adjustable Hat Loom to 40 pegs, at large gauge: 2 rounded parts, 4 connectors (3 peg), 2 peg rails (9 peg).
Cast on 40 stitches, prepare to work in the round.
Round 1: k to the end of round.
Round 2-4: p to the end of round.
Round 5: k to the end of round.
Round 6: p15, BBO5, p15, BBO5.
Round 7: k15, CO5, k15, CO5.
Round 8: p to the end of round.
Round 9: k to the end of round.
Rep Rounds 8 and 9 until 24 inches of yarn remain.
At this point, you will remove the item off the knitting loom as follows: thread the yarn through a large eye tapestry needle. Remove the first loop off the peg and leave it on the yarn, repeat with the remaining 39 pegs. All the loops should be off the knitting loom and they should be resting on the yarn. Lay your item flat so that both handle openings end up to the sides of the bag. Sew the bottom of the bag with the yarn and tapestry needle. The bottom of the bag should be flat and the handles should be at opposite sides. See pictures for additional help. Weave ends in. Turn basket inside out. No need to block.