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Basketweave Scarf

A close-up of the basketweave scarf.

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Winter Warmer:

When it's really cold outside, you don't want to mess around with a short or skimpy scarf. You need a scarf that will really keep you warm, a big, wooly scarf.

It doesn't hurt when that scarf also looks good and is quick and easy to knit. That's what the Basketweave Scarf is all about.

Basketweave is an easy stitch pattern with many variations that combine knits and purls into a fabric that looks woven. This basketweave pattern is based on a simple eight-row repeat.

Materials:

  • about 200 yards of super-bulky wool or wool-blend (I used two skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman)
  • size 13 US (9 mm) knitting needles
  • scissors and crochet hook or tapestry needle

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical but I got about 2 stitches per inch in pattern

Size:

Finished scarf is 60 inches long and almost eight inches wide

Instructions:

Cast on 19 stitches. Knit in the following pattern:

  • Row 1: Knit across.
  • Row 2: Knit 4, purl 3, knit 5, purl 3, knit 4.
  • Row 3: Purl 4, knit 3, purl 5, knit 3, purl 4.
  • Row 4: Repeat row 2.
  • Row 5: Knit across.
  • Row 6: Purl 3, knit 5, purl 3, knit 5, purl 3.
  • Row 7: Knit 3, purl 5, knit 3, purl 5, knit 3.
  • Row 8: Repeat row 6.
  • Repeat pattern to desired length or 60 inches.
  • Bind off and weave in ends.
  • Fun With Basketweave:

    Basketweave is a lovely stitch pattern, but it is not reversible. That means this scarf has an obvious front and back that aren't the same. The back isn't ugly by any means--it has an interesting pattern of raised squares that would make a nice scarf in its own right.

    If you like the look of a scarf that looks the same front and back, don't make this pattern. Otherwise, it is a fun pattern that's easy to work and very satisfying in how quickly it knits up. Just one pattern repeat will give you about two and a half inches of scarf and takes 10 minutes or less to knit.

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