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25 mins

String Craft
Upcycle a wire bin with two borders of stitched neon triangles. Stylish and funky, this would also be a great receptacle to store your wrapping papers and craft materials.

Posted by Ryland Peters & Small Published See Ryland Peters & Small's 148 projects » © 2021 Lucy Hopping / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · String Craft by Lucy Hopping, published by CICO Books (£12.99) Photography by Jo Henderson © CICO Books
  • Step 1

    Each triangle is 15 squares wide by 15 squares high, and there should be two holes between them all, so count the number of holes going round your bin and divide by 17. Ideally this should also be a number that divides into four, so that there will be the same number of triangles in each color. You may need to adjust the number of holes here and there between the triangles to make the calculations work!

  • How to make a waste bin. Funky Wastepaper Bin - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a piece of neon green yarn and double up to thread it onto the needle. Starting three holes from the top edge of the bin, work a diagonal stitch that is 15 holes long. Make another stitch next to it 14 holes long and so on, until you have 14 stitches, with the last stitch being made between two adjoining holes.

  • How to make a waste bin. Funky Wastepaper Bin - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then work 14 diagonal stitches going in the other direction over the top of the first set, beginning the first stitch in the hole immediately after the last stitch of the first triangle.

  • Step 4

    Change to turquoise yarn. Starting two holes (or according to your calculations in step 1, if this means you need more or fewer holes between each triangle) to the left of the fi rst triangle, repeat the stitching in steps 2 and 3. Continue alternating green and turquoise triangles all around the bin.

  • How to make a waste bin. Funky Wastepaper Bin - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now change to cream and pink yarn and work the triangles upside down in the spaces between the green and turquoise ones. They should be two squares up from the fi rst set, again depending on your calculations in step 1.

  • How to make a waste bin. Funky Wastepaper Bin - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat the triangles, beginning three holes up from the bottom of the bin to create the bottom border.

    You will probably need to rework your calculations for the bottom of the bin because it is a smaller circumference than at the top, so there will be fewer holes around.

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