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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY two-color knitting knitting in the round ability to read color-work chart GAUGE UNFELTED: 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"