- Start by making a magic circle with 6 dc before pulling tight
- Round 1: 2 dc in each st (you should now have 12 sts). You may find it useful to use a stitch marker at the beginning of each row from now on as the whole basket is worked in a spiral and it becomes harder to keep count as your base gets bigger
- Round 2: 1 dc in the first st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (18 sts)
- Round 3: 1 dc in first 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (24 sts)
- Round 4: 1 dc in first 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (30 sts)
- Round 5: 1 dc in first 4 sts, 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (36 sts)
- Keep working in this way, increasing the size of your base by adding 1 more stitch between the increase stitches (the 2 dcs) in each round until you reach the size you want (1 did 18 rounds).
- To build up the sides just continue without increasing until you reach the desired height.
- There are all sorts of possibilities for edging but, plain Jane that I am, I just decided to finish with 2 rounds each of a different colour and that's it.
The Rowan softknit cotton is just that, soft, and I found that the higher the basket got the more floppy it became, hence the rolled down top in the photo below (I quite like it like that though), so if you want more stand-up you will need to work it in something with a little more oomph. I thought string might be good but I'm not sure my fingers would be quite so keen - I might try and see how far I get.
Hope all is well out there ...