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Basketweave Stitch – Simple Knit And Purl Stitches

I love knitting the basketweave stitch. Remember when I said that a lot of times knitting looks complicated? Well this stitch pattern looks complicated. The great thing is, it’s easy to do.


If you know how to knit and how to purl you can knit this pretty stitch pattern too. It’s a simple combination of knits and purls and creates a really pretty textured fabric. You can use it for anything you want. I’ve seen really nice sweaters, hats, afghans, pillows and scarves.

And like so many stitch patterns the basketweave stitch has lots of pattern variations. The first stitch pattern is the one I grew up with and it is my favorite. The others are variations from it that you can try as well.

They’re all simple to do so have fun knitting with them.

BASKETWEAVE STITCH I

basketweave stitch

This one is so fun to watch as the pattern slowly starts to come alive.

I have heard that this stitch pattern is also called checkerboard. To me though it really does look like basket weaving. Wait until you see it on a big knitting swatch.

It’s just so pretty.

Basketweave Pattern I

Work multiple of 8 stitches and 5 extra stitch (To knit a sample cast on 21 sts)

Row 1 and 5 (Right side): Knit all stitches

Row 2 and 4: Knit 5, *purl 3, knit 5; repeat from * to the end of the row

Row Three (3): Purl 5, *Knit 3, purl 5; repeat from * to the end row.

Row 6 and 8: Knit 1, Purl 3, *Knit 5, purl 3; repeat from * to the last stitch Knit 1.

Row 7: Purl 1, Knit 3, * Purl 5, Knit 3; repeat from * to the last stitch Knit 1.

Repeat all the rows 1 – 8 to make the basketweave stitch pattern


BASKETWEAVE STITCH II

basketweave stitch II

This basketweave stitch pattern is also called the basket stitch.

While it doesn’t really stand out like the first basketweave stitch pattern it is still pretty. This type of pattern will be nice for adding a little texture to a sweater or afghan.

 

Basketweave Pattern II

Work on a multiple of 6 + 2 sts, + 1 edge stitch on each side (To knit a square cast on 22 sts)

Rows 1 (right side of work), 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 rows: Knit all stitches

Rows 2 and 8: PURL all stitches

Rows 4 and 6: Knit 1 (edge stitch) Purl 2, *Knit 4, Purl 2*; repeat from * to * to last stitch, Knit 1 (edge)

Rows 10 and 12: Knit 1 (edge), Knit 2, *Knit 1, Purl 2, Knit 3*; repeat from * to * to last stitch, Knit 1 (edge).

These last 12 rows form patterns


BASKETWEAVE STITCH PATTERN III

basketweave stitch III

This is a really pretty basketweave stitch. It has a bit of seed stitch mixed in.

I can visualize a lot of pretty things with this stitch pattern, it’s just lovely. I am thinking of using it for a blanket or a small lap blanket or even a sweater or hat would be nice too.

Basketweave Pattern III

Work on a multiple of 8 + 3 sts, + 1 edge st on each side. (To knit a square CO 21 sts)

Rows 1 (right side of work) and 7: KNIT

Rows 2 and 8: PURL all sts.

Rows 3 and 5: Knit 1 (edge), *Knit 3, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2*; repeat from * to * to last 4 sts, Knit 3, then Knit 1 (edge)

Rows 4 and 6: Knit 1 (edge) Purl 3, *Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1, P3*; repeat from * to * to last st, Knit 1 (edge)

Rows 9 and 11: Knit 1 (edge) *Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 2, K3, Purl 1* repeat from * to * to last 4 sts, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1, then Knit 1 (edge).

Rows 10 and 12: Knit 1 (edge stitch), Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1, *K1, Purl 3, K1, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat from * to * to last st, Knit 1 (edge).

These last 12 rows form pattern.


I hope you have fun knitting these stitch patterns. It’s so neat to watch the pattern grow.

Choose one that you really like and use it in your next knitting project.

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