Friday, 18 April 2014
'Tis the season (or at least the weekend) for baskets, so let's have a look at a selection of knitted baskets. This Basket Liner Tutorial, by Waco Knitters, isn't technically a knitted basket, but it looks like a great way to spruce up an old basket that's become prone to snagging everything. It's a free pattern.
These rectangular baskets, designed by Debbie Bliss, may not be of a shape to seem right for eggs and chocolate, but wouldn't they be perfect for your linen or craft closet? The pattern was published in The Knitter's Year: 52 Make-In-A-Week Projects - Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits.
Ah, there's nothing quite like the sight of yarn in its natural habitat, is there? This yarn basket, designed by Anna & Heidi Pickles, looks like a quick and easy knit, and it's a free pattern.
This is the Twine Notions Basket, by Heidi Atwood-Reeves, and as you would expect from the name, it's knitted out of twine, which would make it a sturdy little affair. It's a free pattern.
This pattern is called My First Felted Basket, by Ratchadawan Chambers, and the name suggests that it would make a good first project for a beginning felter. It's a free pattern.
The Nantasket Basket, by Susan Lawrence is a slightly more complex felted basket, with handles and colourwork. This pattern is available for $5.50(USD).
These Nesting Baskets, by Lily/Sugar'n Cream, look like a useful decor item. Unfortunately the pattern is no longer available online, but it shouldn't be too hard for a good knitter to replicate the look.
A knitted and felted basket of many colours, by Beate Zäch. This is a free pattern.
This lined and handled basket is the Vegetable Basket, by Deborah V. Gardner, is so named because it was originally designed to hold vegetables, though basket-like it will hold nearly anything you wish. It's a free pattern.
I felt I had to include one specifically Easter basket pattern in this post, and these are pretty cute. The pattern for these Easter Baskets, by Jean Woods, is available for download for $3.00.
This is the Felted Snowflakes Yarn Basket, by Mary C. Gildersleeve, and the pattern is available for $5.00(USD).
There were any number of lovely felted basket patterns on Ravelry, so I just selected a few of my favourites, such as this Felted Baskets pattern, by Julie Weisenberger. This pattern is available for download for $7.00(USD).
The addition of leather straps makes basket pattern the Knitting Bowl on the Go! by Sharon Mooney. This pattern is available for $5.50(USD).
Sunday, 31 March 2013
In honour of its being Easter, I thought I'd offer up some ideas and patterns for Easter-themed knitting projects. It may not surprise you to learn that there's a dearth of cool Easter-related project ideas. I hosted the Swan family Easter do for ten years straight, and I used to casually browse through a few stores for Easter ornaments every year, thinking that, what with up to 15 people dropping by my place for Easter lunch every year, it might make sense for me to own some decorations. And every year every Easter ornament I ever saw was uniformly hideously tacky. It was all bunnies and chicks and pastels and kitsch, oh my. I always opted to buy a couple of bouquets of fresh flowers and make several floral arrangements instead.
Happily, when it came to researching this post, I was able to find half a dozen pretty patterns for you that I hope you like. Above, of course, is the first pattern I found, which is for Easter eggs. And the pattern is free.
I don't think too many little girls would wrinkle their noses at this prettily dressed bunny. Unless they are trying to relate to it.
Baby bunnie beanie. This is another free pattern. It's wise to get all your parental zoomorphizing impulses out of the way before your children are old enough to understand and protest it.
These are actually almost funky and cool. I'm thinking you could fashion them so as to be opened via a buttoned flap on the bottom, and then you'd be able to them as treat containers for the Easter egg hunt. And the pattern is free.
An Easter dress that a little girl could continue to wear through the spring and summer.
And something for the grownups. This floral top is striking and will make the woman who wears it look dressed to celebrate the coming of spring without turning her into a large scale nursery decoration.