How To Knit A Basketweave Scarf

Make Winter Warmer With This Free Scarf Pattern.

Basketweave Scarf
A close-up of the basketweave scarf. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

When it's really cold outside, you don't want to mess around with a short or skimpy scarf. You need a scarf that will really keep you warm, a big, wooly scarf. The Polar vortex doesn't mess around with dropping winter temperatures and neither should you when it comes to bundling up.

It doesn't hurt when that scarf also looks good and is quick and easy to knit. That's what the Basketweave Scarf is all about.

When you're looking for something stylish that won't take too much time or effort this is the pattern for you.

Basketweave is an easy stitch pattern with many variations that combine knits and purls into a fabric that looks woven. This basketweave pattern is based on a simple eight-row repeat. You can alter the size of the pattern to suit your needs. 

Materials:

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical but I got about 2 stitches per inch in pattern

Size:

Finished scarf is 60 inches long and almost eight inches wide

Instructions:

Cast on 19 stitches. Knit in the following pattern:

  • Row 1: Knit across.
  • Row 2: Knit 4, purl 3, knit 5, purl 3, knit 4.
  • Row 3: Purl 4, knit 3, purl 5, knit 3, purl 4.
  • Row 4: Repeat row 2.
  • Row 5: Knit across.
  • Row 6: Purl 3, knit 5, purl 3, knit 5, purl 3.
  • Row 7: Knit 3, purl 5, knit 3, purl 5, knit 3.
  • Row 8: Repeat row 6.
  • Repeat pattern to desired length or 60 inches.
  • Bind off and weave in ends.

Fun With Basketweave:

Basketweave is a lovely stitch pattern, but it is not reversible. That means this scarf has an obvious front and back that aren't the same.

The back isn't ugly by any means--it has an interesting pattern of raised squares that would make a nice scarf in its own right.

If you like the look of a scarf that looks the same front and back, don't make this pattern. Otherwise, it is a fun pattern that's easy to work and very satisfying in how quickly it knits up. Just one pattern repeat will give you about two and a half inches of scarf and takes 10 minutes or less to knit. This scarf is perfect for beginning knitters who are looking to advance their skills but aren't ready to try larger projects just yet. Scarfs are also a great way to find out if you like a pattern or not without investing a lot of time into something you may not enjoy. This scarf also makes a great gift that you can mass produce during the busy holiday season. 

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