Free Knitting Pattern: Basketweave Baby Blanket

Free knitting pattern: Basketweave Baby Blanket - lightweight smaller baby blanket in a washable acrylic, has a lovely drape. The pattern is mid-level easy for the advanced beginner who has practiced and gained confidence in un-knitting a few stitches backwards, can drop stitches and fix a few rows back if needed, and can read their work along the way.

I finally practiced enough hats and scarves with chunky yarn and big needles to get this blanket done without frogging it yet again! This blanket was the topic of a Knitting 102 class offered locally, after making a stockinette-only hat in Knitting 101, this was the next class offered. They failed to say after you make that hat, there are a few other things you should practice, perfect, and be confident with before tackling this larger project. See my other post for my tips on working through the beginner steps to build your skills. I felt defeated every single time I tried to get a few rows done. I ended up frogging it so. many. times. šŸ˜­

But, finally, it’s done, I love it and I feel like a more skilled knitter.

MATERIALS:

  • Body color: I used Universal Yarn Uptown DK Colors in Leap Frog color, Approx. 650 yards of Size 3 light weight acrylic (anti-pulling) yarn for the basket weave knitting
  • Knitting Needles: Size US-8 5mm 24″ or 29″ circular needles (you can use straight needles, I just prefer circular for when I stop in the middle of a row, I slide the loops back off the needles onto the cord so I don’t lose any.)
  • Solid Color Border: Premier Everyday Baby, about 100 yards, white
  • Crochet Hook: Size I, 5.25mm for border
  • Yarn needle for weaving ends
  • Scissors

Knitting Abbreviations:

Kā€“ knit

P – purl

Crochet Abbreviations:

ch ā€“ chain

dc – double crochet

hdc ā€“ half double crochet

sc ā€“ single crochet

sts ā€“ stitches

KNIT GAUGE:

5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch

FINISHED SIZE:

Approx. 28″ x 28ā€³ – this blanket is small and lightweight, probably best for newborn, security blanket, or summer stroller blanket. If you’d like it bigger, increase the cast on in multiples of 5 stitches.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cast on 135 or any multiple of 5, I started with 135 so that the blanket body will be about 27″ wide, I plan to add the border which will bring the width to 28″ total.

  • Row 1: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 2: P5, *K5, P5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 3: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 4: P5, *K5, P5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 5: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 6: P5, *K5, P5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 7: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  •  
  • Row 8: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 9: P5, *K5, P5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 10: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 11: P5, *K5, P5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 12: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 13: P5, *K5, P5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Row 14: K5, *P5, K5* repeat from * to * (135 sts)
  • Repeat Rows 1-14 twelve more times. Overall, you will have 26 of the 7-row woven repeats = Total of 182 rows.
  • Bind off.

Crochet Border: Change to a coordinating color if you wish.

Row 1: sc around making sure to do 3 sc in each corner, join to the starting sc with a slip stitch.

Row 2: Ch2 then dc around making sure to do 3 dc in each corner, join to the starting dc with a slip stitch.

Row 3: Ch1 then hdc around making sure to do 3 hdc in each corner, join to the starting hdc with a slip stitch.

Cut yarn, secure yarn, weave in ends.

Note: If your gauge isn’t exactly the same (28″ x 28″), don’t worry. Whatever your width, keep making rows until your length equals that measurement. I’m sure it will look just fine and your creation is YOURS, it’s as unique as you.

Yarn is love ā¤ļø

I'd love to hear from you, comments or questions are welcome!

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