Knit a Blanket with Diagonal Basket Weave Stitch

Remember a while back when I was all heart-eyes ? about this Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth? At that time, I was was all set to knit a blanket using that pattern. Well, between then and now life happened and I just finished my Knit Blanket using the Diagonal Basket Weave Stitch, one of the silver linings of staying off my feet to recover from a few broken bones.

It really was a quick knit, once I finally started it. The chunky yarn and heft needles make this blanket knit up rather quickly.

Since I gave Kate the chunky blanket that I knit last year for her bed at school, we needed a throw for the foot of our bed and this one is just perfect.

And I love the woven pattern that this stitch creates. It is really not much more complicated than your standard stocking stitch, but is definitely more fun to knit! Even if you are a beginning knitter, with a basic understanding of knit/purl, you should be able to master this stitch.

I have included a quick video at the end of the post showing a little bit of both sides, as well the end and beginning of a row.

This knit blanket measures 59″ by 69″ and is the perfect size for the foot of a bed, when you just need something to add a little warmth on a chilly night or a lighter throw for a quick nap

Materials Needed To Knit a Blanket (59″ x 69″), using the Diagonal Basket Weave Stitch:
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I used 22 skeins of Plymouth Yarns Encore Mega, a wool/acrylic blend. With 63 yards per skein, the blanket took 1,386 total yards. In the perfect world I would use 100% wool, but that gets pricey. And since I want to be able to wash this as needed, the blend was a better option.Here are some other yarns that might work as well. Please know that I haven’t worked with these yarns, but their gauge and weight are similar to what I used:
Katia Love Wool
Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky
Funky Chunky Merino Wool (If you want a 100% wool option)
Cascade Pacific Bulky
Hayfield Super Chunky with Wool
US 19 (15mm) circular needles
US 17 or 15 needles for binding off
Directions to Knit a Blanket, using the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch:
Cast on 151 stitches (or a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1) I had a gauge of 2 stitches per inch.
For rows 1-4: K1P1 and repeat for remainder of 1st row, ending with a K1
For the next row and every subsequent knit row; K1,P1,K1,P1,K1 then skip next stitch (but leave the stitch on left-hand needle) and K tbl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then bring your right hand needle up front, knit the stitch that you initially skipped and let both stitches slip off of your needle. Repeat this pattern until the last four stitches and P1K1P1K1.
Then, for the 6th row and every subsequent purl row; K1,P1,K1P1,K1. Skip next stitch (but leave on the left-hand needle) and purl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then purl the stitch you initially skipped and let both stitches slip off of your needle . Repeat this pattern until the last four stitches remain and P1K1P1K1.
Work until desired length (I worked mine until it 59″).
Work a seed stitch (K1P1) on the next 4 rows.
Switch to your smaller needles to cast off. This will help reduce any flare on the cast off edge.
That’s all there is to it!

And in the off chance you don’t personally need a blanket, it would make a great gift for someone special.

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