FREE Easy Chocolate Orange Easter Basket Knitting Pattern

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This little Easter Basket knitting pattern is quick and easy. This FREE pattern will make a lovely gift with a chocolate orange inside or decorate your home. Add it to your knitted Easter collection.

The body of the basket has a void where you can put a chocolate orange or a bath bombe or similar as a gift.

Made with oddments of yellow and white knitting yarn but you can use any colour you like. 3mm single pointed needles were used.   It is about 13cm high and will fit a chocolate orange inside the basket. You will need one small piece of toy stuffing about the size of a cotton ball.

It is important to knit with double knitting yarn and 3mm needles (26 sts x 33 rows = 10cm square) so that your chocolate orange will fit snugly inside.

Abbreviations : k – knit. p – purl. st – stitch. tog-together. st-st – Stocking Stitch (k1row, p1row). 

This is what the component parts will look like…

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Basket – Make 1

Starting at the top, with your chosen colour, cast on 44 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 29 rows
Next: Purl 2 rows
Next: (k2, k2tog) to end (33 sts)
Purl 1 row
Next: (k1, k2tog) to end (22 sts)
Purl 1 row
Next: k2tog to end (11 sts)
Draw thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight

Sew down the row ends of the piece. Allow the upper edge to curl

Handle – Make 1

With your chosen colour, cast on 50 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 7 rows
Cast off

Allow the piece to curl as it wants to and sew along the length. Sew each end of the handle to the side of the basket on the outside, below the rolled top edge.

Lid – Make 1

With your chosen colour, cast on 10 sts
Purl 1 row
Next: increase into every stitch (20 sts)
Purl 1 row
Next: (k1, inc1) to end (30 sts)
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows
Purl 1 row (edge of lid)

Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows
Next: (k1, k2tog) to end (20 sts)
Purl 1 row
Next: k2tog to end (10 sts)
Purl 1 row
(Nobby handle) Next: increase into every stitch (20 sts)
Starting with a purl row, st-st 7 rows
Next: k2tog to end (10 sts)
Draw thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight

Sew down the row ends. Add a small amount of toy stuffing about the size of a cotton ball to the top of the lid. Fold the lower half of the piece so that the extra purl row is on the outer edge and the base is flat. Stitch from underneath through to the upper lid and back through again to make sure it stays flat and keeps the shape.

Bows – Make 2

With your chosen colour, cast on 20 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 7 rows
Cast off

Fold the piece so the row ends meet at the back in the centre of the bow and sew together. Take a contrasting colour and wrap round the centre of the piece to make a bow shape. Sew just to the side of the end of the handle at either side

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