Many years ago we made simple baskets by wrapping torn strips of cloth around a rope, coiling it up and sewing it together. We have been having so much fun around here using our knitting tower though, that we thought, why not put a rope down this wonderful finger knit tube and make a knit basket!
- 3 yards of rope/clothesline (for a larger basket just leave the ball of rope on the ground).
- 3 oz skein of yarn (just add more if you go bigger).
- Knitting Tower (other towers can be used, the hole in the middle determines if you can insert a rope and what size of rope).
- Large eye stub nose needle used for sewing knit projects together.
First insert the rope in the tower making a large knot at the top. Set up your yarn on the tower with the end of yarn down the tube. Then start knitting your rope, and before you get to far, make sure the clothesline is still positioned in the middle. Then just pull the knit rope down over the clothesline as you progress until you are done. You may need to pull the knot up at the top from time to time.
When you are finished, have fun designing the shape of your basket by loosely coiling up the rope. Once you get the idea of the shape you are going for, start at the bottom and sew it up with the same yarn. All ages can sew this basket, it is very forgiving...
... and it's the perfect place for a sweet little spring chick to live...
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