Basketweave, Method 1; plus a Free Dishcloth Pattern

Basketweave is a fun combination of knit and purl stitches that I have loved from my first attempt at purling. There are actually a couple of different ways to knit this stitch. This method uses an even numbers of stitches that repeat across the row.

We’ll call it: Basketweave, Method I.


When you knit one row and purl the next row, the fabric you make is stockinette stitch. If you flip over a piece of stockinette stitch (abbreviated st st), you will have reverse stockinette stitch (abbreviated rev st st). When you knit this Basketweave pattern, you will have little blocks of stockinette and reverse stockinette, which alternate and look like a woven basket. The fabric you make by repeating these blocks of stitches will lie flat and look symmetrical and ready for action. It is completely reversible. You can add a border of garter or seed stitch. You can knit it longer and have a fun textured scarf.

Learn to read your stitches:
Stockinette—the ones with the little upside-down “v’s”
Reverse Stockinette—the ones with the purl bumps

Ready to give it a try? Here’s how to make a dishcloth using this clever combo of knits and purls.
Tip: Keep track of your rows so the blocks will stay uniform.

Materials: Peaches & Creme worsted weight cotton yarn, and US size 8 needles.

CO 36 stitches

Rows 1 and 3: *K4, P4, Repeat from *  across the row
Rows 2 and 4:  *P4, K4,  Repeat from *  across the row

Rows 5 and 7:  As Rows 2 and 4
Rows 6 and 8:  As Rows 1 and 3

Repeat this 8 row pattern 12 times or until piece measures desired length.
Bind off in pattern.

And there you have it--one form of basketweave. Check back next week for another one!