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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easy Knit Easter Basket

 Easter is just around the corner so it’s time to start looking for Easter Knitting patterns. I wanted to knit something special for my granddaughter Gracie. She is too young for chocolate so I decided to knit an easter basket and fill it with little easter friends for her to play with.






Easter Basket


Materials
Double Knitting type yarn (worsted weight or 8ply)
4mm size needle





Main part: Cast on 96 sts and knit two rows.
 *3rd row: (k4, P4) to end of row. Repeat 3rd row three times.
 7th row: (P4, k4) to end of row. Repeat 7th row three times.**
Repeat from* to ** once more.
 Knit 2 rows. Cast off all sts.

Base: Cast on 18sts and knit 60 rows. Cast off all sts.

Handle: Cast on 60sts and knit 3 rows. Cast off all sts.



MAKING UP:
Main part: Oversew side edges from cast on edge to cast off edge. With right side of work facing  pin the cast on edge of base to cast off edge of main part and oversew edges together.



 Handle: Sew the ends of handle, 1cm (1/2") to inside and centre of the main part of basket. (See photo for 
placement) 

Once the basket is complete decorate as desired.

Flower:
Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1. Knit front & back of 1st stitch, knit 3 (5sts)
Row 2. Knit front & back of 1st stitch, purl 4 (6sts)
Row 3. Knit front & back of 1st stitch, knit 5 (7sts)
Row 4. Knit front & back of 1st stitch purl 6  (8sts). Cut yarn leaving a 4’’ tail and leave on a spare needle.
Repeat 4 more times but do not cut yarn on last petal

Row 5. Join all petals by knitting across (40 sts)Row 6. Purl 2 together across row (20 sts)
Row 7. Knit 2 together across row (10sts)
Row 8. Purl 2 together, purl 3 together, prul 2 together, purl 3 together
Thread yarn through stitches and pull tight and sew into place. Secure all loose ends.


For the smaller flower I used finer yarn (3ply) and size 3mm needles made as flower above but only three petals.


Leaf:

 make as many as you’d like.
Cast on 3 stitches and work 2 rows in stocking stitch.
Row 3 K1, yrn, K1, yrn, K1 (5 sts)
Rows 4, 6, 8 and 10 K1, P to last st, K1
Row 5 K2, yrn, K1, yrn, K2 (7 sts)
Row 7 K3, yrn, K1, yrn, K3 (9 sts)
Row 9 K4, yrn, K1, yrn, K4 (11 sts)
Rows 11, 13, 15, 17 Knit
Row 12 K1, P3, sl1 p-wise, P2tog, psso, P3, K1 (9 sts)
Row 14 K1, P2, sl1 p-wise, P2tog, psso, P2, K1 (7 sts)
Row 16 K1, P1, sl1 p-wise, P2tog, psso, P1, K1 (5 sts)
Row 18 K1, sl1 p-wise, P2 tog, psso, K1 (3 sts)
Row 19 Sl1, K2 tog, psso, fasten off the remaining stitch.




Arrange on the side of the basket in desired design and sew into place.


There’s just something about  Easter chicks, bunnies and baskets that are so cute! These don’t take all that long to make so you still have time!


Free pattern for easter friends to follow.






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