Quondong Cat or Yarn Basket Free Knitting Pattern
A basket to hold your yarn balls or kitten… this design is named after the Australian native peach Quondong. The outside stitch pattern has the appearance of hand weaving; inside shows as a type of moss tweed. Project used hand spun chunky wool in English Garden hues, and after felting measured 30cm/11¾” in diameter.
Designed by Dianthe Bells
2 x 100g skeins Hawthorne Cottage hand spun chunky wool in English Garden (Green, White, Olive, Mauve, Pink, Lemon) Approximately 50m per skein for basket
1 x 50g ball Nundle 8ply pure wool in Dusky Rose for base
10.00m (80cm long) circular needles
5mm (80cm long) circular needles
4mm (80cm long) circular needles
5mm set of double points
6mm crochet hook
Markers for beginning of rounds
UK/AU terms used
… unexpected color combinations that crafters have come to expect from the Mandala name, with subtle color changes and a superior hand. 100% acrylic. Shown in Labyrinth
With English Garden and 10mm needles cast on 92 sts (join and work in the round, placing marker). Complete 16 rounds of Nubbly Purl Tweed pattern stitch:
NUBBLY PURL TWEED
Round 1: K1, P1.
Round 2: Yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, p1.
Round 3: P1, K1.
Round 4: P1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front.
Change to 6mm needles and work 12 rounds of pattern. Change to 4mm needles and work 8 rounds of patterns. Using a 6mm crochet hook work a slip stitch crochet cast off. Weave in ends, sewing tail down with needle and matching thread to secure.
Using set of 4mm double points and Dusky Rose, pick up 92 sts around crochet cast off (base). (Wrong side facing and inserting needle through lower loop only of crochet chain). Mark beginning of rounds with yarn loop or ring marker.
Round 1: K2tog, knit to 45th st, k2tog, knit to end (90sts). Round 2: *K8, k2tog* to end.
Round 3: Knit all alternate rounds. Round 4: *K7, k2tog* to end. Round 6: *K6, k2tog* to end. Round 8: *K5, k2tog* to end. Round 10: *K4, k2tog* to end. Round 12: *K3, k2tog* to end. Round 14: *K2, k2tog* to end. Round 16: Cast off remaining 9 sts.
Weave in ends securely. Felt basket. Dry in sunshine over a large, similar shaped bowl.
“The overland explorers Charles Sturt and John Stuart would probably have died of scurvy in central Australia, had they not eaten the wild fruits including the Quondong on their travels. Early settlers used the fruit of the Desert Quondong in jams, pies and jellies. They also dried the fruit like the Aborigines to keep them for future use. Explorer E.J. Eyre said that the fruit makes excellent puddings or preserves, for which purpose it is now extensively used by Europeans. More recently the Quondong is often used in wild food restaurants and sold as jams and pies. The Aborigines often ate the nutritious oily kernels of the Quondong. Some trees produce sweet almond flavoured kernels while others produce a distasteful kernel. The distaste in some kernels is a result of a pungent aromatic oil, methyl benzoate.
“The seeds of the Quondong, both Desert and Bitter, are round, pale and knobbly. The Early settlers used these for making necklace beads, stud buttons and Chinese checker marbles. Today, they are only rarely used for these purposes, by locals and art and craft shops. Occasionally small operators use the wood as craft wood.” (Original source unknown).
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