In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit the Basket stitch: Easy (to knit and to memorize) and ideal for knitting any sort of warm and cozy clothing (hats, blankets, cowls, sweaters, etc.).
This is a four-row repeat pattern, perfect for beginners (the only techniques required are knitting and purling).
This version of the Basket stitch shares the same DNA than the Waffle stitch, we learned sometime ago, and because of the slipped stitches, it tends to curl…
No need to panic though 🙂 There is always a solution: Either you knit a nice edge on each side of the work, or block the piece once it’s finished.
Without further ado, grab your needles and let’s get started!
CO: Cast on
RS: Right side of the work
sl1pw: Slip one stitch purl wise (pass the stitch as if to purl onto the right-hand needle)
wyif: With yarn in front (bring the yarn to the front, or yarn forward)
yb: bring the yarn to the back
BO: Bind off
The odd rows form the right side of the work.
We’ll start with a set up row (I like to call it “row 0”), which won’t be repeated again.
How to knit the Basket stitch
CO an odd number of stitches.
Set up row: P across
1º row (RS): K across
2º row: P across
3º row: *K1, sl1pw*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, ending with K1.
4º row: *K1, wyif sl1pw, yb*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, ending with K1.
These last four rows create the pattern (1-4). Repeat them until the desired length is reached. When finished, BO purlwise after a row 4.
This is the other side of the work (wrong side):
Enjoy the new video tutorial, in English and Continental style:
I hope you like it! And don’t forget to share it, if you think someone else is going to like it too 😉
Hugs and happy knitting,
Carolina – So Woolly