How to Basketweave Stitch in Knitting

Basketweave Knitting Stitch Variation Swatches
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Knit the Basketweave Stitch

Basketweave Knitting Samples
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The technique of forming a basketweave texture in your knitting is easy, even though it looks complex. This stitch comes in many variations and once you learn a basic basketweave stitch, you can try others or even design your own.

This stitch is perfect for beginners because it only uses simple knit and purl stitches. By alternating between these two stitches, you form areas of stockinette stitch with reverse stockinette "woven" in and out. The result is a knitted material that resembles a woven basket. And because basketweaving produces many textures, your knitting can do the same.

Start with a simple, easy-repeat basketweave stitch as you begin to understand the process. Pay attention to how the front and back of both the knit and purl stitches interact to make the sides and textures that "weave." Next, try a version that's very different so you see a stronger contrast. From there, make a few more swatches with variations from patterns or your own planning.

There's really no end to the options with basketweave stitch. It's great for hats, scarves, blankets, and more!

This article was originally written by Sarah E. White and updated by Mollie Johanson.

Basic Basketweave Stitch

Basic Basketweave Stitch Knitting Swatch
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A Simple, Reversible Basketweave

This version makes a fairly small scale "weave", but you can adjust the size by increasing the multiple for cast-on and stitch and row repeats. For example, you could start with a multiple of 8, then knit and purl 8, and work 8 rows before reversing the pattern. Play with it!

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, but with it multiplying by an even number. For example, 4x8, 4x10, etc. 

Rows 1-4: *K4, P4, repeat from * across

Rows 5-8: *P4, K4, repeat from * across

Repeat the 8 rows to form the pattern.

A Nearly Reversible Basketweave

If you want or need to add or subtract one multiple of 4 stitches from the version above, the idea is still similar. Instead of working the same row four times, the pattern changes each row.

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, but with it multiplying by an odd number. For example, 4x7, 4x9, etc.

Row 1: *K4, P4, repeat from * across, ending with K4.

Row 2: *P4, K4, repeat from * across, ending with P4.

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Rows 4-5: Repeat row 2.

Row 6: Repeat row 1.

Row 7: Repeat row 2.

Row 8: Repeat row 1.

Repeat the 8 rows to form the pattern.

A Basketweave Stitch Variation

Basketweave Stitch Variation Knitting Swatch
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This version of basketweave shows more of the reverse side of stockinette, with small strips of the knit side "woven" through. 

Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches.

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 the 8 rows to form the pattern.

Double Basketweave Stitch

Double Basketweave Knitting Swatch
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Of these three variations, double basketweave stitch looks and is the most complicated. Sometimes called double basket rib stitch, this version has more rows in the pattern with more changes between knit and purl stitches to keep track of. But it's still just knit and purl. The result is a highly textured stitch pattern that has a bit of a wave to it. Add a wide border to even the edges if you like.

Cast on a multiple of 18 + 10 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): *K11, P2, K2, P2, K1, repeat from * across, ending with K10.

Row 2 (wrong side): P1, K8, P1, *P1, (K2, P2) 2 times, K8, P1, repeat from * across.

Row 3: *K1, P8, (K2, P2) 2 times, K1, repeat from * across, ending with K1, P8, K1.

Row 4: P10, *P1, K2, P2, K2, P11, repeat from * across.

Rows 5-8: Repeat rows 1-4.

Row 9: Knit.

Row 10: (P2, K2) 2 times, P2, *P10, (K2, P2) 2 times, repeat from * across.

Row 11: *(K2, P2) 2 times, K2, P8, repeat from * across, ending with (K2, P2) 2 times, K2.

Row 12: (P2, K2) 2 times, P2, *K8, (P2, K2) 2 times, P2, repeat from * across.

Row 13: *(K2, P2) 2 times, K10, repeat from * across, ending with (K2, P2) 2 times, K2.

Rows 14-17: Repeat rows 10-13.

Row 18: Purl.

Repeat the 18 rows to form the pattern. 

Using Basketweave Stitch

Basketweave Knitting Swatches and Needles
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A basic basketweave stitch, worked as written above or adjusted for scale, makes a great afghan or scarf. You can make these projects any size you want and repeat the pattern as long as you like. 

Want a cowl or something else that you work in the round? Basic reversible basketweave works for that too! And with a few adjustments, most variations work for this too.

When you're ready for your first (or 50th!) basketweave project, try making something like a Southampton book bag or a basketweave knit coffee cuff