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Felted Knitting Basket

This pliable 10-inch-tall knitting basket was made from a snowy Aran sweater. Its sides came from the body of the sweater; its base was cut from the sleeves. For a primer on felting, see our instructions.




  • Sweater
  • Scissors
  • Sweater comb
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pins
  • Iron


  1. Step 1


    Begin by felting an old sweater. Then, prepare the sweater: Cut off the sleeves of felted sweater with scissors. Cut sleeves at seams to open them up. Cut the sweater body at shoulder seams to open up the neck. With a sweater comb, remove any pills from sweater.

  2. Step 2


    Sew the shoulder ends of the two sleeves together with a zigzag stitch; do not overlap the pieces. (We used red for visibility, but thread should match sweater.) Sew armholes on sweater body closed, so you are left with a tube.

  3. Step 3


    Measure the circumference of the sweater's body at the waistband. (Measure from side seam to side seam and double the number.) Use the dimension to create an oval paper template. Center the template on the stitched sleeves; cut out. Pin the waistband end of the tube to the base. Machine-stitch with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Fold the top edge over into the basket, and secure it to the base with a whipstitch. Steam-iron the finished basket to refine its shape.



Reviews (8)

  • momvila1 23 Sep, 2014

    I have made five of these baskets and they look amazing, if you sit and do it with the directions, it is simple to understand, just my opinion

  • Tanyamom 10 Jan, 2014

    I'm doing this and inserting the frame of an old lampshade into it and finishing up the last bottom seam by hand. prefer a bit more form and stiffness for the cousin who crochets & knits. The lady has cats who hop in her bag of yarn. Thought the frame would help with that and lead to a more firm basket in general.

  • Boingercat 18 Nov, 2013

    Loved the look of this basket when the photo arrived in my e-mail, and HAD to go find the instructions! Well, it wasn't worth the hunt--these barely qualify as instructions. Shockingly poor, especially given that it's Martha Stewart!

  • debramseychristmas 4 Feb, 2013

    These instructions are SO bad.

  • Jennianydots 27 Nov, 2012

    I agree w/ the other commenters. I'd really like to see a few more pictures. I'm having a hard time visualizing how this is going to work.

  • jujubabyfr 27 Nov, 2012

    I agree, rubbish instructions, more photos needed!!!!

  • jujubabyfr 27 Nov, 2012

    I agree rubbish instructions, far more photos needed.. thank you

  • Sunnytraveler 27 Nov, 2012

    You are missing 1/2 the directions! There are no visuals (Very Necessary) after the 4th page. Remember, we the readers are not privy to seeing you make it in person. There should be a picture with the explanation after joining the pieces. SHOW the folding -- very poor instructions. UGH! I willl invent my own. Martha never had a hand in this one.