I was inspired to create this knitted, felted basket by the wonderful French straw baskets with colourful linings!
This is a simple but effective pattern, requiring basic skills. It is mainly knitted in the round on a circular needle and then felted in the washing machine. The instructions also include how to line the basket.
I used Knitpicks "Bare" worsted yarn and dyed it with Greater Celandine - a herb growing wild in my garden. You could use any natural colour worsted or aran weight yarn as long as it is 100% wool and will felt (i.e. not superwash wool). Cascade 220 would be a good alternative.
Approximate measurements when felted: W: 8” (20 cm) at base, W: 17” (43cm) at the top H: 10“ (25 cm)