This cute DIY basket can be knitted in about an hour even if you’re a slow knitter. Since this project uses jumbo yarn (size 7), it does not require a lot of stitches.
There are no complicated stitches in this project either if you can knit stitch and single crochet, you’ll be able to create this knitted basket.
I am always amazed at how fast jumbo and chunky yarns knit up. It’s perfect for someone as impatient as I am, plus I like the look of the big knit projects.
The basket is 10 inches across and 6 inches high and only uses a single skein of jumbo yarn (with a bit left over).
This is a perfect project for someone who knows how to knit and single crochet but wants to create something a bit more exciting than a scarf.
A quick note about knitting in the round
When you knit in the round, your knit pattern becomes a stockinette stitch. It’s the magic of knitting in the round.
stockinette stitch is what I consider a true knit look. It’s basic, and easy, but creates a very pretty punctuated pattern with jumbo yarn.
Stockinette stitch does have a downside. It creates a top that will want to naturally curl in on itself. This is why this knit basket has a simple crochet top in cotton cording. The cording is stiff and opens the basket up, stopping that curl from happening altogether.
Materials and Tools to knit One DIY Basket
I completely winged this project because I could not find simple instructions on how to create a flat bottom. Eventually, I figured it out but no lies, it took a few tries.
I’ve knitted up this pattern several times now, and I know there are no issues or snags. It’s super easy, doesn’t require a lot of fussing, and uses only the simplest of stitches.
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One skein Red Heart Grande Yarn, Oatmeal
Cast on 32 stitches on your size 19 knitting needles.
Knit 13 rows in the round. I use a simple safety pin to mark the start of my round and move it to the next round each time.
At row 14 stitch two together for the full round. You will have 16 stitches remaining on your needles.
At row 15 stitch two together for the rest of the round. It gets a bit tight here; your needles will take a bit of pushing and pulling because your stitches are now very close together. This will leave eight stitches on your knitting needles.
Gently remove your knitting needles, keeping your last eight stitches loops intact.
Weave your tail through the last eight stitches and give a gentle pull, your bottom should like the photo below.
The top of your DIY basket will be a bit curly; it won’t stand up straight. We rectify this by crocheting a simple trim around the top.
Single crochet into the single top stitch with your 3mm cording and a 7mm crochet hook (as shown in the photo below), go two full rounds and tie off.
Don’t crochet too tightly, leave your crochet stitches loose enough to bridge between your knit stitches.
If you crochet too tightly it will create a top that is too narrow, so watch your stitches.
Finishing up your DIY Basket
This DIY basket is soft and collapsible. You can fold your DIY baskets down and tuck them away, or stand them up somewhere on display. They stand up on their own just fine, but they are not stiff.
If you want a stiffer basket I recommend using Bernat Maker Big Yarn, it’s a T-shirt yarn but knits up stiff and tight and will give these DIY baskets rigid sides.
You can also weave a cord, or ribbon through the top knitted loops to create drawstrings.
I initially made one DIY basket, and I liked it so much I knitted a set for my new office. They are a cute way to sort small office supplies.
- One skein Red Heart Grande Yarn, Oatmeal
- Macrame Cord Natural Cotton 3mm
- Circular 24-inch (60cm) Knitting Needles; Size US 19 (15.0mm)
- Crochet Hook, 7mm
- Cast on 32 stitches on your size 19 knitting needles.
- Knit 13 rows in the round. I use a simple safety pin to mark the start of my round and move it to the next round each time.
- At row 14 stitch two together for the full round. You will have 16 stitches remaining on your needles.
- At row 15 stitch two together for the rest of the round. It gets a bit tight here; your needles will take a bit of pushing and pulling because your stitches are now very close together. This will leave eight stitches on your knitting needles.
- Gently remove your knitting needles, keeping your last eight stitches loops intact.
- Weave your tail through the last eight stitches and give a gentle pull to close off the bottom.
- Single crochet into the single top stitch with your 3mm cording and a size seven crochet hook, go two full rounds and tie off.
- Weave your ends in and clean up any errant threads.
Don't crochet the top rim too tightly, leave your crochet stitches loose enough to bridge between your knit stitches.
These are soft sided baskets that are collapsable. If you want your side to stand stiff I recommend using a T-shirt yarn like Bernat Maker Big.
More Big Knit Projects
I love big knit projects and have a few more on the site. If you’re interested you may like:
Chunky knit blanket with ridiculous giant knitting needles
Rustic Wreath Made in 30 minutes (one of my more popular posts)
More Simple Crochet Projects
There are a few very easy, single crochet projects on the site as well:
Pretty Crochet Coasters These crochet coasters make a beautiful handmade gift!
Simple Crochet Wreath A perfect wreath for autumn, or winter.
Christmas Decorations to Make for Your Tree Pretty crochet wrapped holiday ornaments
We also made a cute set of hanger tabs and product wraps for all your handmade gifts. They and a sweet personal touch to all your handcrafted goods. You can grab that set below.