With berry season finally here (first with those juicy strawberries, then raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries to follow – yum!) you may find yourself with a plethora of berry baskets. Instead of tossing them in your recycling bin, grab a bit of scrap yarn and a clean berry basket and sit down with your little one (or on your own!) and create something simple, beautiful, and best of all, functional!
Recently my little ones and I were listening to a story where the main character needs to make a basket. He manages to create something durable and well-suited to the purpose, but struggles to know when to call it done. I’m sure we can all relate; we’ve all found ourselves at one time or another in the middle of a project struggling to call it finished, knowing that there are still ways that it can be changed or improved. Work through the process of calling it done with your little one as you make a woven berry basket. Will you cover the whole basket or just a part? Go all one direction with your yarn or several? Use one color or more than one? Weave a little bit and then decide when to step away, in the end only you can decide when to call it done.
You Will Need
Plastic Berry Basket
Large Yarn Needle
What To Do
Start by cutting a length of yarn a yard or so in length. Thread the yarn through the eye of your large yarn needle.
At a corner of the basket, tie a knot attaching the end of the yarn to the basket.
For younger ones, it might be easier to have the yarn work as a double-strand, with both ends tied to the basket, that way the end of the yarn won’t slip out through the eye of the needle.
Weave your yarn around your basket. In and out. Over and under. Up and down.
When you’ve come to the end of your length of yarn, tie it again to the basket with a simple knot. Then begin again with another length of yarn, or don’t. Call it done whenever you’d like.
Once your weaving is finished, push all the knots to the center of the basket and trim the yarn ends.
Now go find something special to put in your new woven basket!