A while back I broke my canvas basket. It was one of those that had a metal frame on top and some rods along the side. I had taken the basket off the frame and attempted to wash it after managing to dump several essential oils on it during a move. The thing stunk! In the process of washing it I ruined it. So I’ve been hanging on to the frame and rods with the vague idea that I’d use them for something. Months later that day has come!
If you don’t have random bits of canvas basket frame don’t worry. Just omit that part.
Yarn: Bernat Super Value (yarn A) and some scrap yarn (yarn B)
Note: when choosing scrap yarn try for something of similar weight and enough of it to complete project.
Gauge: 8row x 15 sts
The basket will only have three stripes! Two stripes are the same size and one a row shorter. If you want to firm the bottom up you can place a piece of plastic or cardboard on the bottom.
Carry the yarn along as you go. The following method will make it invisible on the right side. (DC with non working yarn dropped, DC with non working yarn held along bottom, alternate every st in this fashion)
Row 1: Start a FDC of 40 sts
Row 2: Ch 2, ( counts as 1st DC here and throughout) DC across (40 DC)
Row 3 – 24: Repeat row 2
Row 25: ch 2, 2 DC into same st, DC across, 3DC into last st, DC down side, 3DC in corner st, DC across, 3 DC in last DC, DC down remaining side, SS into ch 2 (136 sts)
Row 26: ch 2, DC 71, join B, DC 10 sts, resume with A, DC 29, 10 DC in B, 16 DC in A, SS into ch 2
Row 27: ch 2, DC 42, 10 DC in B, 20 DC in A, 10 DC in B, 29 DC in A, 10 DC in B, finish row in A, SS into ch 2
Row 28 – 40: DC in A till 1 st past start of B, 10 DC in B, resume in A till 1 st past start of B, continue in this pattern. (moving that start of B yarn over by one st will create the diagonal stripe)
Row 41: Continue in previous pattern but finish round in B
Row 42: DC in every st in yarn B
Row 43: DC 14, ch 13, sk 13, DC 58, ch 13, sk 13, DC 38
Row 44 – 45: DC in all
Assuming you’re odd like me and save anything you might re-purpose here are the directions for the frame.
Fold the top of the basket around the frame and SC the DC into the sides of the basket on the wrong side. This will trap the frame into place. Be careful not to SC the handles closed!
Take the rods and thread them through the carry along yarn along the edges.
Add cardboard or plastic to bottom if desired. This one is shown without bottom.