As soon as the weather warms up a bit I feel like organizing my closet. Winter clothes move to the back and spring and summer outfits to the front. I believe I am not the only one who feels like organizing this month. I have seen the cutest crocheted and hand knit baskets, what an adorable way to store your stuff:
Here is a very cute hanging basket made by Tamara from Mooglyblog:
Or these knitted ones I found at Anniescatalog:
Or a nice large one:
But when I saw the hand knit tray made by ChrissieD I knew I had to make it. Here is the link to her blog post. And this time I did not want to use “yarn from my stash”, I purchased some brand new craft yarn called Isaac Mizrahi craft yarn at Michaels This is the same yarn Chrissie used in her design but in a different shade.
I basically used the same pattern. A few small differences: 1) I made the tray slightly larger and 2) I used the garter stitch (all rows are knit) instead of the moss stitch. It is the same principle: you have to make a base and four (4) walls:
Base: Co 23 sts with 8mm (US 11) needle size. Work garter stitch for about 28 rows, or until you measure 10″ x 10″.
Walls: Co 23 sts with 8 mm needle size. Work garter stitch for about 9 rows, or until you measure 5″.
You will have to knit one base and four (4) walls (my 4th wall feel off the picture..). When you sew the walls together the seam will be on the outside! Like this:
If you like to shape your basket a bit, spray a little water and shape it the way you like (blocking). The walls of this hand knit basket are not rigid or stiff, but quite flexible. With this design however, the basket keeps its shape better than I expected:
I love my new basket and I can think of a few way to use it..how about using it in the power room?
Or storing your latest knitting project?
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