This simple knit basket pattern is a great beginner friendly project. With bulky yarn, large needles, and simple stitching, you can get near instant gratification, plus a fun new piece of decor!
A couple of weeks ago, I got a new shelf for my living room, and since it’s about the second thing guests see when walking in, I wanted it to look nice. I started scrounging through the house for decor I could move to that space, but something was still missing.
Finally, I realized what it was. I needed a basket, and I wanted something cozy. Of course, I could have just bought one, but the combination of being on a knitting kick and wanting to avoid the stores helped convince me to just make one.
The bulky yarn, big needles, and simple stitches make this a great beginner friendly pattern, too. And, it’s a great break in the monotony of hats and scarves. Plus, it works up in about an hour, depending on how fast you work, so it’s great for those who want some instant gratification.
Find the pattern below, and feel free to grab the download on Ravelry, too!
Knit Basket Pattern for Beginners
Like I said above, this pattern is great for beginners. All you need to know is how to knit and purl. You can work this project in the round, or work it flat and sew up the seam.
If you’d like a clean edge, I do recommend learning a simple single crochet as well, but that’s optional. You can always sew your cord around the top edge to help it stand better!
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What You’ll Need
- 1 skein Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn (I used this one)
- US Size 13 Knitting Needles (Or Sz 13 Circular Needles in 16-24″) I really like these
- Darning Needle
- 10 mm Crochet Hook (N) optional
- Macrame Rope (2-3 mm)
Note: instructions are written as if you are knitting this flat. If you choose to knit in the round, you will not have any purl rows. Simply add a stitch marker to the beginning stitch so you know where each new row starts. Step 4 will be: K2Tog, K1 in last stitch, and you’ll skip step 7.
- Cast on 38 stitches
- Knit stockinette stitch for 20 rows, or until your basket measures 6.5″ from the cast on edge (ending on a purl row)
- K2Tog across. (19 stitches)
- P2Tog across, P1 in the last stitch. (10 stitches)
- K2Tog across. (5 stitches)
- Cut a long tail and insert your darning needle. Run needle through all 5 stitches and pull tight. Remove your knitting needle and set aside.
- Sew up the sides using a mattress stitch.
Using your macrame cord and crochet hook, work a simple single crochet border around the edge of your basket. This will help keep your edge from rolling, and give your basket a sturdier shape, while allowing it to still be collapsable. Alternatively, sew a border around the edge using your macrame cord and a darning needle.
When you’re done, be sure to weave in all ends for a clean, finished look.
Make Your Own Knit Basket in One Evening
Whether you’re a beginner looking for a simple project, or a pro wanting something you can finish fast, this is the perfect pattern for you. This entire basket, start to finish, can be done in an evening, thanks to the bulky yarn. And, the simple stitch pattern makes it perfect for beginners! All you need is a basic understanding of the knit stitch, purl stitch, and decreases, and you’ll have a project you can display proudly.
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