Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Free Pattern: Easter Basket



This month's free pattern is just in time for Easter. Add these cute eggs and their basket to your decorations, or make them for your favorite little one to play with! The yarn does all the work itself, so you don't have to keep changing colors to get those cute stripes.

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Easter Eggs:
1 ball Sirdar Snuggly Crofter DK, color #158 “Florrie”
US Size 4 DPNs, set of 4
Fiberfill Stuffing
Gauge: 5.5sts/inch in stockinette stitch

Pattern:
Cast on 9 sts, divide onto 3 needles, 3 on each

Increase Section:
Increase Round 1: *Kfb, repeat from * to end. [18 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 2: *Kfb, k1, repeat from * to end. [27 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 3: *Kfb, k2, repeat from * to end. [36 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 4: *Kfb, k3, repeat from * to end. [45 sts]

Work even in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 12 rounds.

Decrease section:
Decrease Round 1: *SSK, k3, repeat from * to end. [36 sts]
Knit 2 rounds.
Decrease Round 2: *SSK, k2, repeat from * to end. [27 sts]
Knit 2 rounds.
Decrease Round 3: *SSK, k1, repeat from * to end. [18 sts]
Knit 2 rounds.
STOP: Using fiberfill, stuff egg firmly.
Decrease Round 4: *SSK, repeat from * to end. [9 sts]

Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches on needle, cinching it up tight. Make a knot at the base to keep it tight, and weave end down inside egg.


Easter Basket:
1 ball Sirdar Snuggly Kisses DK color #751 “Twiggy”
US Size 7 DPNs, set of 5
US Size 7 16” Circular Needle
Gauge: 4 sts/inch in stockinette stitch

Pattern:
Cast on 8 sts using 2 strands of yarn held together. Divide onto 4 needles, 2 on each.

Increase Section:
Increase Round 1: *Kfb, repeat from * to end. [16 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 2: *Kfb, k1, repeat from * to end. [24 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 3: *Kfb, k2, repeat from * to end. [32 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 4: *Kfb, k3, repeat from * to end. [40 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 5: *Kfb, k4, repeat from * to end. [48 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 6: *Kfb, k5, repeat from * to end. [56 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 7: *Kfb, k6, repeat from * to end. [64 sts]
Knit 1 round.
Increase Round 8: *Kfb, k7, repeat from * to end. [72 sts]
Knit 1 round.

Change to circular needle

Purl 2 rounds

Work in Stockinette Stitch (Knit every round) for 18 rounds.
Purl 1 round
Knit 1 round
Purl 1 round

Bind off all stitches in Knit.

Handle:
Using 2 size 7 DPNS, cast on 3 stitches using 2 strands of yarn held together.
Work in I-cord until piece measures 10”
K 3 together, cut yarn and pull through last stitch to secure.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends on basket.
Attach I-cord handle to top of basket using tails to sew it on.

3 comments:

Jesh St Germain said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern! With some adjustments probably also could use it for Xmas balls!
Happy Easter to you:)

Aurora said...

My knit 18 rounds section is only about 3 inches tall. I'm supposed to be using size 7 needles, right?

Anacapa Knits said...

Aurora:
The basket is about 3" tall in that 18 row section. Thanks!