Jolly Santa Basket by Nancy Anderson

Jolly Santa Basket

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July 2018
yarn held together
+ Aran
= Aran (8 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
1480 - 1700 yards (1353 - 1554 m)
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1. Santa basket is worked back and
forth in rows from the base upwards
with 4 strands of yarn held together
2. Circular needle is used to
accommodate width of fabric. Work
back and forth in rows on circular
needle as if working with straight
3. Color changes are used to create face
and cheeks. Nose and mustache are
worked separately and sewn to face.
Buttons are sewn to face for eyes.
4. The facial colorwork can be worked
by following the written instructions
or reading the chart. Read right side
rows of chart from right to left and
wrong side rows from left to right.
5. When making color changes, twist
the current color around the new
color to prevent holes. Allow colors
not in use to hang loosely on wrong
side of work. Take care not to
accidentally catch hanging strands
within the stitches being knit.
6. Wind all skeins of yarn into 4 separate
balls then wind the separate balls into
4-strand balls.
7. When working face, use a separate
4-strand ball of yarn for each section
of color. In total, you will need 2
extra-large balls of A, 2 small balls
and 1 large ball of B, 2 small balls of C,
and 1 large ball of D.
8. An optional rigid insert can be used
to allow the basket to freely stand
upright. A yoga mat, cut to size then
taped together with clear packing
tape, works well.
9. Optional handles are worked
separately and sewn to the basket so
that it can be used as a tote. These
can be folded down and out of sight.