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Basketweave Knitting

Updated on January 23, 2013

Knits and Purls Make a Checker Board Effect

I recently saw an awesome freeform knitting pattern which used the basketweave stitch and I fell in love with it.

Basketweave is a pattern that looks a little like a woven checker board - as if there are strips of knit going in and out of strips of purl.

On this page, I've collected together some info about basketweave stitch - including links to patterns and how to make the stitch.

Basketweave Stitch

The link below tells you how to knit basketweave stitch.

The basic idea is that you're knitting an amount of knit stitches and then switching to the same amount of purl stitches and then the same amount of knit stitches and so on along your row.

I started learning basketweave stitch by knitting 10 stitches, then purling 10 stitches, then knitting ten stitches and so on until the end of my row.

On the next row you have to reverse what you've done.

You purl the knits and knit the purls keeping all the bumps on the same side for each square.

I knitted 14 rows in this pattern and then switched so that above my knitted squares I knit purled squares and vice versa.

The knit squares and the purl squares don't actually have to have an equal amount of stitches - there are lots of different variations that can be experimented with.

Free Patterns

The free patterns below are a few I picked out to show you the different things you can make using basketweave stitch.

My Basketweave Blanket in Progress

I started my blanket by casting on 3 stitches and then adding more stitches on either end of each row. I used seed (or moss) stitch until I had enough stitches for my first "square".

I knitted the squares 10 stitches wide with about 14 rows to make the square shape.

I originally intended this blanket to be much more freeform with lots more random colors and stitches but I think I'll save that for my next basketweave experiment - I think I need to learn how it all works first.

My Finished Basketweave Baby Blanket

Detail of Basketweave Blanket
Detail of Basketweave Blanket

This is the finished blanket.

Yep, the colors are kind of weird and it has that weird long bit but I like it.

I think next time I would find a color palette I preferred. I meant this blanket to be Autumnal but I prefer the bright colors of Autumn and this ended up a bit darker.

Now I know how to do Basketweave and love the way it looks I think I'd play around more with different thicknesses of yarn. Because I wanted to use this blanket as a baby blanket I decided I'd better stay with using DK Acrylic yarn.

Basketweave Blanket by Rachel Field
Basketweave Blanket by Rachel Field

Above: My finished basketweave blanket.

Beautiful Freeform Basketweave Pattern

I don't have an image of this pattern to share with you but it's the pattern that inspired me to check out Basketweave stitch.

Once I get some spare pennies and a yummy stash of yarn to use I'm going to knit this beautiful wrap.

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    • jennabee25 profile image

      Jenn Dixon 

      6 years ago from PA

      One of my first projects was a basketweave scarf. Great lens!

    • LizMac60 profile image

      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      The blanket looks great now it is finished. Well done.

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      7 years ago

      @nightbear lm: Thanks so much for visiting :D

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      A wonderful pattern, I enjoyed your lens. Blessed, and featured on my angel lens.


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