Knitting scarves for gifting or charity is something that many knitters enjoy. It puts your crafting skills to good use and gives you the excuse to play around with fun and easy patterns like this red basket weave scarf.
How easy is it? If you can count to four, you can make this scarf!
Of course, you can knit this scarf in any color you like. Red was chosen because the pattern was inspired by the Orphan Foundation of America's Red Scarf Project. It also looks great in non-solid colors, so feel free to choose your favorite multi-colored yarn as well.
This simple scarf has a really easy repeating pattern of squares made up of knits and purls. This gives the finished scarf a woven look that is suitable for a man or a woman, which also makes it great for charitable giving.
- About 150 yards of bulky weight acrylic or superwash wool
- Size US 11 needles
- Crochet hook or yarn needle
Pattern Gauge and Size
Gauge: Gauge is not critical, but averages about 3 stitches and 4 rows per inch.
Size: The finished project is about 5 1/2 inches wide and 60 inches long.
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Basket Weave Scarf Pattern
The lovely part about this Basket Weave scarf pattern is that it is so easy and it knits up quickly. It's the perfect project for beginners because all you have to know is the knit and purl stitches. Yet, it gives you a great texture that looks far more complicated than it is.
- Cast on 16 stitches.
- Rows one through four: Knit four, purl four, knit four, purl four.
- Rows five through eight: Purl four, knit four, purl four, knit four.
- Repeat these eight rows until scarf measures around 60 inches.
- Bind off.
- Cut off excess yarn and weave in ends.
Choosing the Yarn
This pattern was originally designed with Lion Jiffy, a 100 percent acrylic yarn with a mohair look. This was a great yarn, though it has since been discontinued.
To find a substitute, look for another bulky yarn (Lion Jiffy was categorized as 5-Bulky Weight by Lion Brand). There are many to choose from as this has quickly become one of the most popular yarn weight categories.
The nice thing about the scarf is that gauge really doesn't matter so you're free to choose the yarn you like most. However, don't go too bulky (or frilly) or you may begin to lose some of that great basket texture in the pattern.
If you want to work with medium (or worsted) weight yarn, consider knitting with two strands at once. This should get you about the same gauge as a bulky yarn. You can also choose a different color for each strand and throw a little extra color into the weave. This makes it a great project for team colors as well.
If you're working this pattern for charity knitting or gift knitting, try to choose a yarn that is also machine washable and dryable. You don't want to burden the recipient with elaborate care instructions. Acrylic yarns are often best because you also avoid any potential issues with allergies.