Modern Cubist Baskets
Make an artistic statement by adding these avant-garde baskets to your home’s decor. They are a perfect example of what you can create with a simple concept.
Design by Lena Skvagerson for Annie’s Signature Designs
Small cube (large cube, rectangle) Instructions are given for small cube, with large cube and rectangle in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all versions.
5 (6, 4) inches wide x5 (6, 8) inches long x5 (6, 4) inches tall
• Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky (chunky weight; 75% acrylic/ 25% wool; 143 yds/100g per ball): Small cube: 1 ball each grey #0194 (A) and ivory #0256 (B) Large cube: 1 ball each beige #0240 (C) and blue #0515 (D) Rectangle: 1 ball each charcoal
#0389 (E) and beige #0240 (C) • Size 8 (5mm) 24-inch circular needle or
size needed to obtain gauge • Stitch holder • Locking stitch markers
20 sts and 16 rows = 4 inches/ 10cm in Basket Weave pat (blocked). To save time, take time to
Basket Weave (odd number of sts) Row 1 (RS): K1, *knit 2nd st on LH needle tbl, then knit first st through front loop; drop both sts off LH needle; rep from * to end. Row 2: P1, *purl 2nd st on LH needle through front loop, then purl first st through front loop; drop both sts off LH needle; rep from * to end. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pat.
Baskets are worked flat from the bottom side edge up. A handle is created by making a hole in 1 side. The bottom is picked up from 1 section of the cast-on edge and worked to the proper length, after which the remaining 3 sides are sewn to the rest of the cast-on edge. Circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. Do not join.
Sides With A(C, E), cast on 99 (119, 119) sts;
do not join. Row 1 (WS): Placing locking st markers in cast-on edge as indicated, k25 (29, 19), pm; k24 (30, 40), pm; k25 (31, 21), pm; k25 (29, 39). Work in Basket Weave pat until piece measures 3 (4, 2) inches, ending with a WS row. Change to B(D, C); work 2 rows in
established pat. Handle Opening Division row (RS): Work 57 (69, 65) sts; dec and bind off 9 (11, 9) sts for handle as follows: p2tog, p1, pass 2nd st on RH needle over first st, [p1, pass 2nd st on RH needle over first st] 5 (7, 5) times; p2tog, pass 2nd st on RH needle over first; p1, pass 2nd st on RH needle over first st; work rem 32 (28, 44) sts in established pat—57 (69, 65) sts in longer section and 33 (29, 45) sts in shorter section. Work 3 rows even on shorter section.
Cut yarn. With WS still facing, rejoin yarn to longer section; beg with Row 2 of pat, work 3 rows even.
Joining row (RS): Work to opening; using cable cast-on method (see page 111), cast on 9 (11, 9) sts; k1, then continue in established pat to end. Work 2 rows even. Bind-off row (WS): *Bind off 3 sts kwise, k2tog, pass 2nd st on RH needle over first st; rep from * until all sts are bound off. Bottom With RS facing and using A(C, E), pick up and knit 25 (31, 21) sts in cast-on row between 2nd and 3rd markers. Work in pat until bottom measures approx 5 (6, 8) inches, or length of fabric between first and 2nd markers so that bottom will fit opening. Bind off.
Sew side seam. Sew 3 rem sides of bottom to
cast-on edge. Weave in ends.