This is where I stopped working on the pine needle basket the last time (and I took a long break from working on it). Today I finished up the sides and started working on the top. Around the edge of the top I like to do just a solid ring of the crochet cotton. Like this:
This takes FOREVER! When I run out of string, I knot it and try to slip the knot under the previous strings. I do the same thing when starting a knot. Once I finally get all around it, I sometimes add beads. I start a knot under the top strings again, then I go out through the side to put on the beads then back through the strings until I get to where I want the next beads etc.
I think it's a berry picking basket.