Are you the resident crafter in your family? It’s definitely a badge of honor, but when you’re running late on that Easter basket it turns last-minute crafting into an art form!
For my niece’s Easter basket I decided to go with a different approach—I wanted something cute and fun, but also useful.
Step one: the Bag-sket!
Instead of a traditional basket I decided to make her a reusable bag using Laura Spradlin’s “Grrlfriend Market Bag” free pattern on Ravelry. I used a solid color for the base and handles and a variegated color for the body to produce a bright, fun, machine washable, reusable bag/basket. A bag-sket!
You’ll be starting at the bottom, center of the bag and working up. Here’s a helpful tutorial for Emily Ocker’s cast-on from New Stitch a Day. It was my first time using this technique, so a tutorial was essential for me.
Step two: the Easter bunny!
No basket is complete without a furry bunny friend to deliver the holiday goodies. I opted for Susan B. Anderson’s “Rabbit” pattern, which is another free Ravelry download.
My bunny tail turned out slightly huge, but I say go big or go home and this giant pom helps this guys stand up straight. Win-win!
Susan also created an absolutely essential video tutorial on embroidering faces to a knitted toy, just the thing I needed to create a simple, but adorable face on this little fella.
Step three: the final touch—a carrot!
Easter bunnies get hungry too, y’know? I had a tiny bit of time left so I decided to make a little something for him to nibble on while waiting patiently for Easter Sunday. I used Emily Ivey’s “Carrot: It’s Good for You” pattern, again another fun, free Ravelry download.
Mine turned out a liiiiittle ridiculously huge, but what bunny doesn’t love a huge meal?
(Optional) Step four: bunny scarf
If you’re worried that your bunny will get cold I recommend knitting up a tiny scarf with whatever sport weight yarn scraps you have lying around. Here’s what I did:
–Using any cast-on method, CO enough stitches until you reach 4” (10cm).
–Knit 8 rows
–Tie on a few strands to each end for fringe
Quick, cute, and warm.
Now throw in some sweet treats and your bag-sket is ready to go!
Happy Easter from the Lark family to yours!