How To Basketweave Stitch Knit for Beginners

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How To Basketweave Stitch In Knitting

Making a basketweave stitch for your next knitting project is a lot of fun, and you get to create a beautiful textured fabric. You can use this basketweave stitch for any knitting project, not only is it beautiful once created, but it is also easy to make. 

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In this tutorial, we are going to walk together through the step-by-step process of making this knitted basketweave stitch. Once you get the hang of it, this stitch is a lot of fun, and you only need to know how to make two types of knitting stitches to make the pattern. 

Basketweave Stitch

About the Basket Weave Stitch

The basket weave stitch, as you may have guessed, has the appearance of a woven basket. Although it gives you the complex illusion of a woven knit, the stitch is surprisingly easy to make. 

The basketweave texture made by this knit stitch is made up of vertical columns of stitches, and corresponding horizontal bands of stitches. All of these put together result in a lovely textured fabric that is so pretty when finished. 

Classic 4×4 Basket Weave Stitch

In this pattern, I am going to show you how to make a basic basketweave stitch. This is made using variables of four. Because it is a simple version of the basketweave stitch, this is a great pattern for beginners to try. 

Let’s look at what the main stitches are, which are used in this knitting pattern. 

Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

The basketweave stitch pattern uses only a few basic stitches to make the basket-like textured fabric. Here are the main knitting stitches you will need to know before getting started with this pattern. 

How to Cast On

Learning how to cast on is very important when you start any knitted project. This is what creates the foundation row of your project. There are a couple of different cast-on methods you can use, learn how to cast on with the long tail cast-on method, here

Knit Stitches (k)

The knit stitch is the next basic knitting stitch you will need to know how to make. This is typically one of the very first stitches you will learn how to make when you are just starting out. To see the step-by-step instructions on how to make this stitch, be sure to check out this tutorial.

Purl Stitches (p)

The other basic knitting stitch you will want to know how to make is the purl stitch. The purl stitch is the opposite of a knit stitch and is what helps create the beautiful basketweave appearance. To learn how to purl stitch, be sure to check out this tutorial

How to Cast Off (Bind Off)

The final knitting technique you will want to know how to make is how to cast off your stitches. This is the step you will need to take when you are finished with your project and are ready to finish it off. For a tutorial on how to cast off, be sure to check out this post

Now that you know the basic knitting stitches included in this pattern, it is time to get started learning how to basketweave stitch in knitting! Let’s jump right into the pattern by first looking at what materials you will need, followed by the pattern, with step-by-step instructions. 

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Basket Weave Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

Materials

Yarn

Knitting needles

Scissors 

Abbreviations: 

CO – cast on

BO – bind off

k – knit

p – purl 

st/sts – stitch/stitches 

How to Basketweave Stitch in Knitting

Step 1: Choosing the Knitting Needles and Accessories

Before you begin with your knitting project, you will want to select your knitting needles. Usually, the size of knitting needles you use will depend on what yarn you use, as well as how big you prefer the wholes to be. 

If you are unsure what size needles to use, a good rule of thumb is to reference the skein of the yarn package, this will show you the recommended size for your yarn. Otherwise, you can use a nice medium size needle-like US sizes 8 or 9 are your best options for worsted weight yarn. 

Step 2: Choosing the Yarn

When working with this basketweave stitch, it is going to be the best idea to use a nice, worsted weight yarn. This is because a nice medium-weight yarn will allow your project’s pattern to shine through, really accenting the basketweave stitch. 

Step 3: Cast on Stitches

When your yarn and knitting needles have been selected, it is time to get started with your basketweave stitch project. To begin, cast on your desired number of stitches, keeping in mind that the stitches must be multiples of four. For example, if you are knitting a baby blanket, 132 stitches is a great number to cast on. After your stitches have been cast on in a number that is a multiple of four, it is time to begin knitting your rows. 

basketweave knit stitch step 1
Start the Basketweave stitch after you cast on stitches in multiples of 4.

Step 4: How to Knit the Basketweave Pattern

To knit the basket weave stitch, you will work the following pattern. 

The Knit Basketweave Pattern

CO 132 sts (or any multiple of 4, to make your desired size).

Row 1: (k4, p4) repeat across the row, in this case, your last 4 sts will be k sts on the row.

Row 2: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row, in this case, your last 4 sts will be p sts on the row. Keep in mind it might change, depending on the number of sts cast on. 

Row 3: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

Row 4: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row

basketweave knit stitch step 2

Row 5: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row. (On this row you will work the same stitches as the previous row, changing up your pattern).

Row 6: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

Row 7: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row

Row 8: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

basketweave knit stitch step 3

Row 9: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

You will continue to repeat the above pattern, noting that it changes every 5th row to keep the basketweave pattern going. Continue to work the pattern until your project reaches your desired size. Keep in mind, the number of rows you make should also be in multiples of 4 so that the pattern is complete. 

Step 5: Bind off and weave in ends

After your project has reached your desired size, it is time to cast off, or bind off the stitches to finish out the project. Be sure to weave in any yarn ends when you are done. Now your basketweave knit project is done, and ready to enjoy! 

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FAQs

Is the Basketweave Stitch Reversible?

Yes, this basketweave stitch for beginners is reversible. One of the nice things about this pattern is that it is reversible, although not all basketweave patterns are, this one is. That way you don’t have to worry about which side is the right side, or the wrong side. 

What Can You Make With The Basketweave Stitch?

The best thing to make with the knit basketweave stitch are blankets, you can make baby blankets, knit afghans, lap blankets, throws, or even blankets large enough for a bed. You are not limited to just blankets with this pattern, you can also make kitchen towels, and dishcloths with this fun knit pattern as well. 

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Basketweave Stitch in Knitting

This easy pattern is a lot of fun to knit, and you get to enjoy the elegant results when you are finished with the knitted project. The basketweave stitch looks like it is a complicated stitch, but the secret is that this simple basketweave stitch is not complicated, but is a great stitch pattern for even beginners to enjoy. 

Thank you so much for stopping in to learn how to basketweave stitch in knitting! I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial, and now you can get started making your own project, using this knitted pattern. 

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How To Basketweave Stitch In Knitting

Materials

  • Materials
  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Choosing the Knitting Needles and Accessories

    Before you begin with your knitting project, you will want to select your knitting needles. Usually, the size of knitting needles you use will depend on what yarn you use, as well as how big you prefer the wholes to be.

    If you are unsure what size needles to use, a good rule of thumb is to reference the skein of the yarn package, this will show you the recommended size for your yarn. Otherwise, you can use a nice medium size needle-like US sizes 8 or 9 are your best options for worsted weight yarn.
  2. Choosing the Yarn

    When working with this basketweave stitch, it is going to be the best idea to use a nice, worsted weight yarn. This is because a nice medium-weight yarn will allow your project’s pattern to shine through, really accenting the basketweave stitch.
  3. Cast on Stitches

    When your yarn and knitting needles have been selected, it is time to get started with your basketweave stitch project. To begin, cast on your desired number of stitches, keeping in mind that the stitches must be multiples of four. For example, if you are knitting a baby blanket, 132 stitches is a great number to cast on. After your stitches have been cast on in a number that is a multiple of four, it is time to begin knitting your rows.
  4. How to Knit the Basketweave Pattern

    To knit the basket weave stitch, you will work the following pattern.

    The Knit Basketweave Pattern

    CO 132 sts

    Row 1: (k4, p4) repeat across the row, in this case, your last 4 sts will be k sts on the row.

    Row 2: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row, in this case, your last 4 sts will be p sts on the row. Keep in mind it might change, depending on the number of sts cast on.

    Row 3: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

    Row 4: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row

    Row 5: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row

    Row 6: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

    Row 7: turn, (p4, k4) repeat across the row

    Row 8: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

    Row 9: turn, (k4, p4) repeat across the row

    You will continue to repeat the above pattern, noting that it changes every 5th row to keep the basketweave pattern going. Continue to work the pattern until your project reaches your desired size. Keep in mind, the number of rows you make should also be in multiples of 4 so that the pattern is complete.
  5. Bind off and weave in ends

    After your project has reached your desired size, it is time to cast off, or bind off the stitches to finish out the project. Be sure to weave in any yarn ends when you are done. Now your basketweave knit project is done, and ready to enjoy!

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