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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

At this time of year I spend a lot of time curled up on the sofa knitting, sheltering from the cold with a blanket and a pot of tea. It’s my favourite! Something that has been missing from this tranquil scene is a cute basket to store my WIPs by the sofa. I’ve filled this void by designing a chunky basket that’s perfect for the job! I designed it with knitting in mind, but frankly it could store anything – kindling by the fireplace, or even fruit on the dining table!

Chunky Jersey Storage Basket: Knitting Pattern

It’s a seamless construction and is shaped using wrap and turn short rows. The garter stitch fabric conceals the wraps so there’s no need to pick them up – this creates one neat, streamlined basket that is super-easy to make.

Chunky Jersey Storage Basket: Knitting Pattern

The jersey yarn is really durable and creates a satisfyingly heavy basket that’s completely self supporting. I used Wool and the Gang’s Jersey Be Good, but Hoooked Zpagetti is also good.

Tutorial: Wrap and Turn Short Rows (w&t)

Materials
1 cone of jersey yarn
Scrap yarn of similar weight
10mm (US 15) knitting needles
Crochet hook of similar size
Darning needle
Scissors

Height x circumference
18cm x 18cm

Tension
5 sts x 4.5 rows = 5 cm, although not crucial

Check my wrap and turn tutorial from last week for a step by step on how to work this technique!

Head over to the store page to buy this pattern.

6 comments
  1. jazsp 14 August 2015, 4:13 am

    I love this basket! Is it possible to make a much larger version?

  2. Jess 30 September 2015, 5:01 pm

    Hi Jazsp! I’m actually in the process of updating the pattern to include some bigger options – I’ll post here on the blog when it’s ready. If you already have this version of the pattern and want to have a go yourself, pop me an email and I’ll give you some tips on what to adjust. :)

  3. Marie J 23 May 2016, 5:04 pm

    Hi – just wondered if you knit this on a circular needle? I hope not as I can’t use them :-(

    • Jess 24 May 2016, 7:55 am

      Hi Marie – the pattern is worked back and forth in rows so you won’t need a circular needle! :)

  4. Mariej 21 May 2017, 11:11 pm

    Hi, I bought your pattern last year and am not just getting round to making it. Wondered if you had updated it so I can knit a bigger version? Thanks Jessica

    • Jess 22 May 2017, 9:18 am

      Hi Marie, yes I released the new version last week :) if you purchased the pattern on Ravelry you should be able to download the updated version via your library. I’ll pop you an email to double check. Jess x

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