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    • 2.

      Materials and joining ends


    • 3.

      Casting on


    • 4.

      Knitting body


    • 5.

      Binding off


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    • 7.

      Alternate sizes


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Who says you have to knit with yarn? In this class you will learn from Cara Corey (wielder of giant knitting needles at Cara Corey Designs) how to knit big loops of cotton rope on huge needles. With a simple garter stitch, you can create a knit piece in about an hour and assemble it into a sturdy basket. The basket can be used to store your favorite craft supplies, books, magazines, toys and more. 


You do not need to know how to knit, but if you already know how to knit a basic garter stitch, that will help. 

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Cara Corey

Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer


Hi, I'm Cara and I'm a former journalist-turned-pattern designer. I specialize in modern knitting designs using giant needles and unique materials (see my work at I make everything from hats and scarves to pillows, poufs, and other home decor. I absolutely love knitting and crochet, and I couldn't put my needles down if I tried.

I have two little kids, so my plate is very full right now, but I believe you always have to make time for creativity.

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1. Introduction: Hello. This is Cara Corey from Mary Murray Nets. And in this class, I'm gonna teach you how to make a rope basket. Using this, the cotton rope and these giant knitting needles. You can use these baskets to store your craft supplies or toys or books or magazines, or just about anything that you want. Teoh store in your home. This makes it look nice and neat. So the great thing about this project is it's really easy, and it's great for beginners because we're only using a few really big stitches on. We're using a basic Gardner stitch, which is usually the first that you learn when you weren't met, so I'll show you how to knit. The rectangular piece of man had a symbol it into around basket. And then at the end of the class, I'll also show you how you alter the pattern so that you could make your basket bigger or smaller, or even a different shape altogether. And then you could make just as many baskets as you feel like, so let's start 2. Materials and joining ends: Let's start off by talking about what you're gonna need to make this road basket all your supplies and materials. Um, so, first off, the most important thing, obviously, is the rope thesis, actually, piping filler cord. It's usually used on the inside of textiles. Anything that has a piping around the edge. But we're actually going to use This is our main material. I really like it because it's rope and it has that rope. Look, it's 1/2 an inch thick. I was also really soft. It comes in boxes that are 100 years long. And for this particular basket, we're gonna need almost all of that 100 yard box. Um, you're gonna need a pretty big set of knitting needles to knit this basket. Um, I like to use a set of 36 circulars. Um, and the reason is because when you get all 10 stitches on there, it's gonna be really long, and this particular needle set, it gives you lots of link. If you wanted to use a straight set of size 35 minute mules, which are a lot easier to find in craft stores, you can It's just gonna be a little tougher to get all of those stitches on one needle. And you can kind of see once we get started just how much space that 10 stitches is gonna take up. So either one of these is okay, but I like to use the longer circular needle if you can, and I will provide some resource is for where to find this particular knitting needle. Um, wasn't needles. You're also gonna need something to help you connect any places in the rope where two ends are attached together. It would be really great if the box of rope came in just one full length. But usually there's at least one or two places where the rope is connected, and I'll show you how toe go ahead and connect those pieces in a way that it's not gonna come unraveled. So before we start to knit, um, we want to go over the rope and make sure there's not any spots where two pieces have been connected. Usually when it comes from the manufacturer, there's one or two places in there where two pieces have been connected and they use some clear tape to join them. It's OK to leave it there if you want Teoh. But sometimes I've found that when you start creating curves in the road like this, it's gonna put pressure right outside the tape. And sometimes you can get some fraying. Um, if you want to just leave it taped or put your own piece of tape on there. You can just use regular old scotch tape. I like to cut off this piece of tape and put some nice, sturdy fabric glue on there. And I found that the best way to apply this glue it's called fabbre Attack. It's a really great glue that you could find at craft stores. I actually like to use a chopstick, so I'm gonna show you how to do that. And you usually have to let this glue dry overnight before you start working with it. But at least just give it an hour or so to dry. So I'm gonna start by cutting off the tape. It was cut right next to the taped part. I just throw this away, and now we just want Teoh open up our glue. It's nice to have a piece of paper to kind of set this on, and we're gonna put the chopstick in their hand, scoop out some of us glue, which is really sticky, kind of twirl it around there so it doesn't go everywhere and then apply some glue to the outside of the room and then to the top there, on that kind of seals in all those pieces that you just cut off, I'm just gonna rest it there. For now. Grab a little bit more glue world around. It's again. Just apply it right around and you loose ends and then the top There. You can let this dry for a few minutes to get a little bit tacky, or you can just go ahead and put the two pieces together. This glue is so sticky that you can kind of touch it and work with it before it's even dry . But just go ahead and take those ends and stick them together. Smooth paper underneath there kind of use your fingers to make sure it's covered and just let it dry. So, like I said, you can let this dry overnight or, if you don't have overnight, you could just wait an hour or two before you start knitting. But if you don't let it dry all the way. It will definitely come unraveled. So that is the gluing ends together part. That's six. The paper a little bit. Don't worry, just assumes it's dry. Just peel it off of there and you can get started video. 3. Casting on: So now we're ready to go ahead and start the mating part, and we're going to start by leaving ourselves about eight inches of tail on the end and we're gonna make a slipknot, and that's gonna be our first stitch. So to make a slip knot, you just wrapped the rope around your left hand on full time, and then you're gonna pull a loop through there. So pull up that loop, let your hand go through, and then you can just tighten it, and that loop is gonna be your first stitch. So I got had in place the loop on your knitting, you know, and then just tighten it. And now that we've got one stitch on there, we can go ahead and cast on the rest of her stitches. So to cast on, we're just gonna do a really simple cast on that doesn't leave a lot of knots that you'll have to hide later on. When you do the seeming so basically, all you do is lift up your working yard or you're working rope with your left thumb. Take the knitting needle, go underneath there and just slip that stitch on. Pull it tight so lift with your left thumb. Knitting needle goes underneath there and you just let it slip right on. There could not be simpler. So you got three stitches now and we're gonna go ahead and keep slipping on those stitches until we get 10 five, six groups. Seven, eight, nine, 10. 4. Knitting body: Okay, so now we have our first row and weaken Start knitting into the into these stitches. So you're gonna take the other needle from your circulars. And I like to use basically the tips of the needles when I'm working with something that's this thick and you can even use your fingers, um, are a lot of the time rather than using the needles, or you can use them kind of together. So push that first stitch to the end, and we're just gonna put that right needle underneath the front of that first stitch and move it over, not sitting on the right needle. Take your working rope and we're gonna push it through this loop, and we're gonna pull up another loose. So basically, I'm just gonna let this needle fall through, push up a loop, and then we'll put that loop on this needle. It's not, you know, precision knitting, but we've got such large, thick rope that we're working with, that we might as well just use our fingers to make it a little bit easier. So push the next stitch down to the end. We'll put it on this right side, push it off pull up a loop, but the new look back on the range. - Uh , so now we're going to start on our second row. Make sure you don't knit with this tale accidentally. I've done that several times. So you push that first stitch off, put it on to the new needle, Luke that yard around and essentially just pushed the needle out full of new loop through and then place that on the needle again, whole through the new loo. Push it on there. As you get more practice, you'll be able to go faster. And really, I mean, this whole project can be done in about an hour if you have uninterested time. And certainly if you decide to make a smaller basket, it won't take long, either. No. One thing that beginning knitters often do is they make there. Such is really tight and then not only doesn't make it harder to keep knitting, it hurts your hands. So try really hard to make those stitches nice and loose. And the kind of key way to do that is when you pull that loop through, just pull a little more. There's your second row, and you can really see the full width kind of coming together on the second row. So we're just continue knitting this way until our piece is about 37 inches long. So you want to make sure you have At least I would say 5 to 10 yards left by the time you're ready to bind off, so that's going to be our next lesson. 5. Binding off: So now we have our full minute piece and we're ready to bind off, and then we can start assembling our basket. So you want to make sure that you have a full peace that's 37 inches long or close to that and enough rope left over so that she combined off a piece and then sew up the seam and send trip the basket. And that's probably going to be another 5 to 10 yards, I would say. And one thing about binding off is that you want to make sure that you are ending on the same side as the tail. And that's just gonna help you later when you go to sew up the seam and connect the two pieces together so that you could hide this piece in the bottom. Um, and that'll make more sense when we get to that point. So let's go ahead and do our binding off. I'm gonna put this over. Finding off is really simple. Basically, what you're gonna dio is net two stitches and then you're gonna take the first stitch and you're gonna put it over the second stitch. So I'll show you this with using my fingers. Second stitches going to go in the middle of the 1st 1 So now you just have one stitch. You can use the needles if you want. Usually at this point, I just use my fingers. So now we've got one stitch and one bound off. Now we're gonna do another knit stitch, so we have to. But the 2nd 1 through the first I've got one loop and then just continue going down this row. Do you have one loop left? You can see it makes this nice, even pattern going across the back. And that's what we're gonna use to sew up, are seen when we get to that point. Okay, We've got a nice looking bound off edge and then one loop left here. So we're gonna go ahead and cut off this length of rope and we're gonna leave ourselves enough to so that seem and send trip the bottom. And I would say that's probably about five yards worth. And then what I'm gonna do is cut the rope and then I'm just gonna put a little piece of tape around the edge. Scotch tape That'll just keep it from fraying. Okay? And I'm gonna take this end and put it through the hole All that rope through. I would say that amount is a little more than you think you need, Just in case. Well, that nice and tight. And you're finished with your binding us. 6. Finishing: now we're ready to So the seam. And so we're gonna go ahead and match up this bind off edge with your cast on edge and you see, you have the tail end on the opposite side. This we're gonna hide inside the basket later. So don't worry about that right now. We're just focus on I'm doing this. Seem so Find the end of your rope. Basically, we're just gonna try to match up both ends as best we can. That's probably not gonna be perfect. But as long as it looks pretty good, I think we'll be able to kind of hide the seam and just make a, like, nice finished edge here. So I'm gonna take this and having a look at the way this pattern goes across here and notice that it's a little strange on the very tippy end. Um, so we're just gonna do the best we can There, Um just find a loop to attach this To put this through there and pull all the way through. This just is gonna connect the two sides. Now they're connected. Now, we can go back to this first side to this first stitch and go under the top like that poor little bit. Now we're gonna find a stitch on the other side. That kind of corresponds. So I'm gonna take this one right here, put under there and then pull through. Make that nice and tight. Looks pretty good. So we're going to keep going this way. Next stitches This one. We're gonna go under the top like that final corresponding stitch on the opposite side, which is this one right here. Go under there and pull. And we're gonna keep going. Doing this over one side, under the opposite side pull. And sometimes you might have to pull on that sits you just made to kind of make it a little tighter as you go down the road. Just keep going until you get all the way to the end. I'm just approaching the end, and I notice that at this tale is still here and I think I'm going to go ahead and poke it through to the other side, meaning that it will be on the inside of the basket. So just kind of finding a little opening in here and pull that through. Then it will be ready when we're finished and can weave it in. So go ahead and do my last stitch here, under and then under on this side. And now we're ready to start synching up the bottom. So this is now going to be the bottom. And from this angle, you can see that each one of these is, uh, Roh. And I use these to count when I'm doing the synching part. So, for example, I want to skip to every 3rd 3rd row, take my rope and and then kind of pull them apart until you see this little piece and go under there. Well, it not completely tight, but I felt like that. Then count three more. 123 and then find that little piece and go under there, and that kind of shows you how it cinches up. So I'm gonna continue going around every third row in and out until I get all the way around the circle. If you get not like that, you just have to kind of untwist it. Will it take? So now I basically come all around the whole circle, and I am going to tighten this to send shit up completely. So this is gonna be the bottom of our basket. You just pull on that rope. Don't pull so hard because the fibres can break if you pull too hard. But just enough to get a nice tight loop of stitches there on the bottom. So that's kind of like round one. We're gonna make it, not at the end of our around, and we'll go around the second time just to make sure that that little opening that's left is gonna close up. So the last round is a little bit tough because your stitches are pretty tight and you're gonna have toe use your fingers to push through them. But basically, we're gonna look to pick up about five stitches as we go around this circle. And the once we do that, we'll be able to close up the whole entire thing. So basically, just kind of picked, you know, one from each of these little sections. Use your fingers to kind of pick up the stitch and then pull your rope through like another one. Pull through like another one. I left myself a little bit too much rope this time. That that's all right. Another one on this side and you'll see if you just pull that tight, it closes up the whole. So I'm just gonna make one final. Not let's go around that last stitch that will secure the bottom of my basket. It's okay if you have a little bit of a hole there. It's not really enough to let anything slip through. So now we have two ends left that we need to weave in. I like to cut off the end about six inches in length, and then I'll go ahead another piece of tape on there just to secure it so it doesn't come undone at the end. And then I'll poke that through to the other side. I'll show you how to weave it in. He turned over. Your basket you find on the inside were that a little piece of rope came through, and then what I usually do is just fine a place where I can kind of tuck this under a few stitches. Lift them up with your fingers, but it's hard to see with the shadow there another couple of stitches in here to tuck under until it's all the way we've done, and then we'll do the same thing with this second piece that we hit in there from before. And then once you have those pieces we've done, your basket is all done. You can see that once you have all those ends woven and you can't even really see them anymore and they'll be hidden inside the basket Anyway, the outside of your basket looks nice and clean and ready to go. 7. Alternate sizes: So here we have our finished basket and you couldn't see It's pretty big, Uh, and I just wanted to go over how you might make a smaller basket if you wanted to. So basically all you have to do is cast on fewer stitches. Instead of doing 10 you would do eight. And instead of making your peace 37 inches long, make it only 26 inches long. You can do an even smaller one by doing seven stitches and then making an only 20 inches long s. That's three different basket versions that you could do pretty easily and then if you wanted to alter the shape of the basket. This is pretty squarish in the sense that it's about as tall as it is wide. But if you wanted to make it like, say, more wide and shallow, you would just cast on fewer stitches but then make peace really long. And then when you went to sew up the scene, it might be a little tougher to get all that a round space synched up together. But it'll work just takes a little elbow grease, so that's how you can alter the pattern pretty easily. to make a different size basket. Andi, just play around with it until you get the one. That's the size and shape that you want. I like this one because it holds so much and it uses just one box of rope, which is kind of convenient. You won't have any leftover. Really? So, um, thank you so much for taking this class, and I hope to see a lot of pictures of your projects.