How To Knit The Basket Weave Stitch – Easy Tutorial


This blog post will show you how to knit the basket weave stitch – an easy tutorial.

The basketweave stitch is a classic and versatile, strong stitch pattern that is perfect for creating beautiful and textured knitted projects such as scarves, blankets, and even sweaters. 

With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to master this stitch in no time. So, grab your knitting needles and yarn, and let’s get started!

Please scroll down to view the free pattern and grab your free printable PDF.

How To Knit The Basket Weave Stitch

How To Knit The Basket Weave Stitch

Skill Level – Basic (Easy pattern for beginners)


Knitting a dishcloth using the basketweave stitch is a fun and practical project, perfect for both beginners looking to practice their knitting skills and experienced knitters seeking a quick and satisfying task.

The basketweave stitch creates a textured pattern design that resembles a woven basket, which is not only attractive but also effective for scrubbing dishes.

Trying out stitch patterns in the form of dishcloths is a great way to practice your skills.

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basketweave knit stitch pattern

Size Information

Finished size – 26 x 26 cm/10 x 10 inches.

Gauge – 17 sts x 24 rows = 4 × 4 inches/10 x 10 cm in the pattern.

Gauge is not critical for this project, but aiming for a denser fabric will enhance the scrubbing ability of the dishcloth.

The supplies you need…


  • 1 x ball of The Pima Cotton yarn from We Are Knitters.
  • This yarn is 3.5 oz/100g/232 yds/212 m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.
  • You can make two dishcloths with this amount of cotton yarn.
  • Or – 1 x 50g cotton yarn suitable for 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles or 5 mm (US 8) needles.
  • Any DK/light worsted/8 ply yarn or Aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • I would recommend using cotton.

Needle Size

Knitting needles (size US 7 or 8 / 4.5mm or 5 mm (US 8) Knitting needles usually work well with medium-weight cotton yarn)


  • Darning needle/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch marker x 2
Basketweave stitch

Knitting Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place a marker
  • SM – Slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

Video Tutorial (Free Video Instructions)

Check out the basket weave stitch pattern step-by-step video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

You will see step-by-step instructions showing you how to create the basketweave texture.

Basket Weave Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

This woven look stitch pattern is created using an even number of stitches.

  • Cast On
    • Begin by casting on a multiple of 8 stitches plus 6 extra stitches. For a standard-size dishcloth, casting on 46 stitches works well (40 + 6 = 46).
  • Setup Rows
    • Row 1 (Right Side): Knit all stitches.
    • Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit all stitches.
    • These two rows create a garter stitch border, which helps prevent the edges from curling.
    • Repeat rows 1 and 2 a further 4 times (6 rows in garter stitch in total).
  • Basketweave Pattern
    • Row 1 (RS): K3, PM, K to the last 3 sts, PM, K3.
    • Rows 2 – 6: K3, SM, *K4, P4; rep from * to marker, SM, K3.
    • Row 7: K3, SM, K to the last 3 sts, SM, K3.
    • Rows 8 – 12: K3, SM, *P4, K4; rep from * to marker, SM, K3.
  • Repeat the Pattern
    • Repeat rows 1-12 four times (slipping the markers as you work) until the piece measures around 24 cm/9.5 inches from the cast-on edge.
  • Finishing Rows
    • Knit 6 rows to create a garter stitch border at the top.
  • Bind Off
    • Bind off/cast off all stitches knitwise on the right side. This ensures a neat edge.
  • Weaving in Ends
    • You can use a yarn needle to weave in any loose ends securely.
    • Block your work if necessary.


  • Be sure to keep your edge stitches somewhat loose to prevent the sides from pulling inwards.
  • Wash your dishcloth before first use, as cotton can sometimes shrink or change texture.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

Basketweave stitch knitting pattern

What Is A Basketweave Stitch Knitting Pattern?    

A basketweave knitting pattern is a textured stitch pattern that mimics the woven appearance of a traditional basket.

It typically involves a combination of knit and purl stitches arranged in blocks or panels to create a checkerboard-like effect. 

The alternating blocks of knits and purls give the fabric a three-dimensional look, resembling the pattern of woven strands in a basket.

The basic concept of a basketweave pattern involves dividing the knitting into sections of a certain number of stitches and rows, with some sections worked in knit stitches and others in purl stitches. 

By varying the size of these blocks or panels, you can create different basketweave patterns with larger or smaller woven squares. 

Basketweave patterns are often used for blankets, scarves, and other textured knitwear to add visual interest and depth to the fabric.

basketweave stitch knitting pattern for beginners

What Can You Knit With The Basketweave Stitch? 

The basketweave stitch pattern, with its textured and woven pattern reminiscent of a woven basket, offers a good look and a gorgeous texture to a range of knitted projects. 

One popular choice is blankets and afghans, where the basketweave pattern creates a cozy and visually striking fabric.

The alternating blocks of knits and purls add depth and warmth, making it an ideal stitch for creating a comforting and decorative addition to your home. 

Additionally, scarves and shawls featuring the basketweave design exhibit a timeless elegance. 

The Woven Texture

The woven texture not only provides extra warmth and good coverage but also adds a touch of sophistication to these accessories, making them versatile enough for both casual and formal occasions.

Beyond accessories and home decor, the basket weave stitch is a beautiful textured stitch and is well-suited for garments like sweaters and cardigans.

Incorporating the basketweave pattern into sections of these pieces can elevate their style, offering a unique and eye-catching design. 

The stitch’s versatility extends to practical items like tote bags and dishcloths, where the sturdy texture of the basketweave pattern ensures durability and functionality. 

Whether you’re creating fashionable wearables or useful everyday items, the basketweave stitch lends a classic and timeless appeal to your knitting projects and provides.

Check out the free knitting patterns category for even more great ideas – Free Knitting Patterns

basket weave knitting tutorial

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out these posts here and be your own knitting instructor – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the first stitches a maker needs to know.

Including how to cast on, how to bind off, how to knit the basic stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, how to fix knitting mistakes, and a list of knitting abbreviations (UK + US terms), and more. 

For easier projects, check out this pattern category; here, you will find a range of knitting patterns – Beginner Knitters

Plus, learn everything about the different yarn weights here, including ( worsted yarn, chunky yarn, super bulky yarn, and more) – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 

Learn everything about yarn fibers here – Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers 

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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Happy Knitting!

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