I added several rows until the bottom was as large as I wanted it to be. Now my V-stitches had gotten quite far apart and since I was going to start up the sides it was a good time to add more stitches. To do that I put two stitches in between each V-stitch so they would be the base for more V-stitches in the next row and I started putting the pine needle rows on top of the bottom rows to form the sides. This picture may help explain it better:
Now you just keep going up the sides and you can angle it any way you want. My sides are going to go fairly straight up then veer inward slightly at the top but of course you can make a bowl shaped basket as well. . I had to go out in the yard and get more pine needles and soak them a few minutes. Then I got several rows up the side. This was almost 2 hours worth of work.
You have to be careful with the V's on the back of your work as well as the front so that they will all look right.