Basketweave Stitch

basketweave is a fun collection of stitch patterns that give your knitting a woven look.
Sarah E. White

Basketweave Stitch is actually more of a method than an actual pattern, or at least there are a lot of different ways to knit it.

The most basic forms of Basketweave are almost like Moss Stitch but on a bigger scale, where sections of knit and purl alternate every few rows.

The stitch is called Basketweave because the combination of knit and purl stitches looks like the woven exterior of a basket, with the purl stitches "weaving" in an out of the Stockinette background.

Knitting Basketweave Stitch

A simple variation, for example, might be to work k4, p4 across for 4 rows, then work p4, k4 across for 4 rows and repeat. This makes simple blocks of texture that are easy to read in your knitting, and it makes a fabric that is reversible, non-rolling and really easy to knit.

But there are many variations on the theme, some of which give a more woven look than that basic example.

Here is one, for instance, that works on multiples of 8 plus 3 stitches.

Row 1: K.

Row 2 K4, P3, *K5, P3; repeat from * across, end K4.

Row 3: P4, K3, *P5, K3; repeat from * across, end P4.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: K.

Row 6: P3, *K5, P3; repeat from * across.

Row 7: K3, *P5, K3; repeat from * across.

Row 8: Repeat row 6.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern.

Another variation works on multiples of 8 stitches. It's shown in the red swatch above.

Row 1: *P6, K2, repeat from * across.

Row 2: *P2, K6, repeat from * across.

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: P2, *K2, P6, repeat from * across, ending with P4.

Row 6: K4, *P2, K6, repeat from * across, ending with K2.

Row 7: Repeat row 5.

Row 8: Repeat row 6.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern.

Using that basic formula you could make the same kind of design with different numbers of stitches.

Patterns Using Basketweave

Here at About, I have several patterns that use Basketweave of different sorts:

The Basketweave Scarf uses the second variation above. This is consistently a really popular pattern and it works up super fast in super bulky yarn.

I used the same variation in the Basketweave Square I used in a sampler blanket.

The simple version listed at the top of this page was used in the Basketweave Coffee Cup Cozy.

The 4x4 Red Woven Scarf uses exactly the same pattern, even the same number of stitches, showing that the weight of the yarn and size of the needles can make a big difference in how a project looks.

Elsewhere in the world you can find a lot of great patterns using Basketweave, too, such as:

The Man Thing Hat by Justyna Lorkowska, which uses easy blocks to make an easy but cozy hat.

Very Pink's Mobius Basketweave Cowl, which is whipped up in just 20 rows of knitting. Mona NicLeoid has a great cowl, too, called Winter Wine, which is worked flat and held together with buttons.

The Man Scarf by Erin Douglas (looks like lots of people like this stitch pattern for guys!)

The Four-Ball Garter Weave Baby Blanket by Heidi Sunday could be the solution to all your last-minute baby gift knitting problems. Pair it with one of Jana Greenhalgh's Basketweave Washcloths or Carole Barenys' Basketweave Baby Hats.

Meredith Sexton's Basketweaver Dishcloths are pretty great, too, with cute little eyelet edging.