Knitted Easter Basket

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A hand-knit Easter basket makes a very impressive centerpiece, and it can even be used for hunting eggs! This classy and homespun knitted basket is just right for the beginning knitter ready to try something new.

A hand-knit Easter basket makes a very impressive centerpiece, and it can even be used for hunting eggs! This classy and homespun knitted basket is just right for the beginning knitter ready to try something new.

Things You'll Need

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120 yards worsted weight yarn, US 5 straight knitting needles, tape measure, scissors, tapestry needle and 10 yards of craft or floral wire.

120 yards worsted weight yarn, US 5 straight knitting needles, tape measure, scissors, tapestry needle and 10 yards of craft or floral wire.

Bottom

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Cast on 38 stitches. Knit in garter stitch for seven inches. Bind off all stitches.

Cast on 38 stitches. Knit in garter stitch for seven inches. Bind off all stitches.

Begin Sides

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Cast on 38 stitches. Knit two rows. Knit two, yarnover by pulling yarn to front of work as pictured. Knit two stitches together. *Yarnover, knit two together. Repeat from * to the last two stitches, knit two.

Cast on 38 stitches. Knit two rows. Knit two, yarnover by pulling yarn to front of work as pictured. Knit two stitches together. *Yarnover, knit two together. Repeat from * to the last two stitches, knit two.

Finish Sides

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Knit one row. Knit two, knit two together, yarnover, repeat from * to last two stitches, knit two. Knit one row. Knit two, yarnover, knit two together, repeat from * to last two stitches, knit two. Repeat this step until the side measures three inches. Knit two rows, then bind off all stitches. Make three more sides. Using tapestry needle, sew the sides to the bottom of the basket and stitch them together.

Knit one row. Knit two, knit two together, yarnover, repeat from * to last two stitches, knit two. Knit one row. Knit two, yarnover, knit two together, repeat from * to last two stitches, knit two. Repeat this step until the side measures three inches. Knit two rows, then bind off all stitches. Make three more sides. Using tapestry needle, sew the sides to the bottom of the basket and stitch them together.

Handle

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Cast on five stitches. Knit in garter stitch for 16 inches. Bind off all stitches. Sew the handle onto the basket.

Cast on five stitches. Knit in garter stitch for 16 inches. Bind off all stitches. Sew the handle onto the basket.

Stabilize Basket

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Using tapestry needle, weave floral or craft wire through the handle and the corners of the basket. Make sure to fold and wrap the wire ends so that no sharp ends are sticking out. If you plan on using the basket as more than a decorative piece, you'll want to cut a piece of stiff cardboard to fit in the bottom of the basket to stabilize it.

Using tapestry needle, weave floral or craft wire through the handle and the corners of the basket. Make sure to fold and wrap the wire ends so that no sharp ends are sticking out. If you plan on using the basket as more than a decorative piece, you'll want to cut a piece of stiff cardboard to fit in the bottom of the basket to stabilize it.

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