Baskets can be woven in most any size and shape. In my last post I shared the biggest basket I have made - a 26 in diameter melon basket. Miniature baskets can be made as well.
I wove a 2.5 inch diameter cheese basket with its open hexagonal design base around a miniature wooden mold. The splints are only 1/8inch wide.
A full size traditional Shaker cheese basket was designed to be used in the production of cheese making to separate curd from whey. The basket was lined with cheese cloth and the curds were poured into the basket. The holes allowed for the moisture to drain out as the curds compacted. This function dictated the design of the basket.