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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Felted Fair Isle Yarn basket

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Felted Fair Isle Yarn basket
Felted Fair Isle Yarn basket
Felted Fair Isle Yarn basket
Felted Fair Isle Yarn basket

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • two-color knitting
  • knitting in the round
  • ability to read color-work chart

Pattern Description:

I'm a pretty fanatical knitter -- I love to see knitting all over my house. Since I needed a receptacle for my long knitting needles and other bits and pieces, I decided I needed a knit-covered basket.

Thus, this design was "born".

I love doing color-work -- and this is a great first-timer's project since you're only doing two colors, a CC1 and a CC2. The chart included is in color (rather than symbols) to make it easier to follow -- just set stitch-markers for the repeats (as directed in the pattern) to keep your eye on things. A great benefit to working in the round with color-work is that you SEE the rs the whole time.

Make sure you use a pure wool for this project and really felt the heck out of it. Depending on the fabric you obtain, you may not need to leave the waste-basket in, but I liked the sturdiness of doing so.


16sts x 24rnds = 4" one color SS;
18sts x 21rnds = 4" over 2-color knitting

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • felted: circumference approx 25"; height 9"
  • unfelted: circumference approx. 30"; height 10-2/3"


  • CC1: approx 200 yards worsted wool
  • CC2: approx 200 yards worsted wool
  • US #8 circular needle (16")
  • US #8 dpns
  • stitch markers

You Will Also Need:

  • plastic bathroom wastebasket (approx 25" round x 9" tall)
  • about a dozen clothespins for felting process