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How to Knit the Basket Weave Stitch

By: Chris Hammond for
How to Knit the Basket Weave Stitch
How to Knit the Basket Weave Stitch
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If you are a beginner at knitting, then this is definitely the tutorial for you! This How to Knit the Basket Weave Stitch shows you just how easily you can get this stunning woven knitting pattern. The basket weave stitch can be incorporated into numerous different DIY knitting projects that you may take on. Plus, the video tutorial with this project really breaks down how easy and repetitive each step in this pattern is. There's no reason for you not to try out this gorgeous and fun knitting pattern! 


Materials List

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles

How to Knit the Basket Weave Stitch

Basket Weave Stitch Instructions

  1. Start with an even number plus one. 

  2. Start by holding your yarn to the back, slip one stitch as if to knit and one stitch as if to pearl.

  3. Working into the back loop of your stitches, knit into the back loog of your second stitch. Yarn over and pull through.

  4. Go back to your first stitch and knit through the back loop of that one. 

  5. Slide that first and second stitch off the left-hand needle. 

  6. In the set of the next two stitches, repeat steps 3-5. 

  7. Repeat until you get to the end of your row.

  8. Knit your last stitch as normal, and then begin working on your wrong side row. 

  9. Slip two stitches as if to pearl.

  10. Bring your yarn to the front of your work. 

  11. Repeat steps 3-7, but as pearls. 

  12. Pearl your final stitch as normal. 

  13. Repeat this process until you have reached your desired size. 

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I like this tutorial and have tried doing the basket stitch in the past. Something that I found, and this might just be my personal preference, is that you have to be careful with the type of yarn that you choose to try this stitch. I had it in my mind that I was going to use this lovely chenille type yarn that I had hanging around my yarn collection to basket stitch a baby blanket. just didn't turn out very well. Something about the criss-crossing of the stitch and the fluffiness of the yarn just made it look like one giant mess. I think that I would be better off to use a more fine and smooth textured yarn if I try this stitch in the future.

Another excellent video tutorial, I love the tutorials on this site they are really easy to follow and I have learnt lots of new stitches. I love the look of the basket weave stitch and it makes for a much tighter stitch more like crochet than knitting which makes it great for mug rugs and items that need a stiff piece of material rather than clothing.

Love the look of this basket stitch. I wasnt able to easily follow the written instructions but the video makes it very easy to follow so my basket stitch sample is looking quite good. I love learning and using new knitting and crochet stitches but now my task is to figure out what to make using basket stitch. If it turns out nice I might be brave enough to post a photo.

Thanks for the wonderful video tutorial! It's much easier to understand a stitch when you can see a live demonstration.

Great tutorial. Thank you for the videos, having the visuals helps a great deal.


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