How to Knit a Baby Blanket in Basketweave

By Ramona French
Knitting a basketweave baby blanket uses only two simple stitches, knit and purl.

Knitting a baby blanket in basketweave produces a beautiful texture that looks complicated, but actually isn't difficult to knit. You need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Choose synthetic baby yarn, cotton yarn or a washable wool yarn. Use the size of needles recommended on the yarn label. Knit a swatch to see what your gauge is, so that you cast on the right number of stitches for your blanket. This pattern is an enlarged basket stitch, a strong textured pattern that requires a multiple of 18 stitches plus an extra 10 stitches.

Choose any baby yarn you like and look at the label to see what the gauge usually is, and the correct size of needle to use. A large circular needle, 34 inches long, is easier to manage than straight needles. You won't be knitting in the round, just back and forth across the row, but circular needles make it easier to handle the number of stitches you will be using.

Cast on 40 stitches and knit a piece about four inches long in stockinette stitch. Measure the number of stitches you've knit in each inch. This is your gauge. For example, if you knit 22 stitches in four inches using a size 6 needle, your gauge would be 4 1/2 stitches per inch.

Calculate the number of stitches you need for your blanket. The pattern requires a multiple of 18 stitches plus 10 extra stitches. If your gauge is 4 1/2 stitches per inch, and you want a 45-inch wide blanket, you need to cast on 208 stitches, which is 11 18-stitch repeats plus 10 extra stitches.

Cast on 208 stitches. Knit 3 rows for a border.

Row 1 of the pattern: Knit Row 2: Purl Row 3: Knit two stitches. Purl four stitches, knit two stitches, and repeat these six stitches until you reach the end of the row. Row 4: Purl two stitches. Knit four stitches and purl two stitches; repeat these six stitches until you reach the end of the row.

Row 5: Knit two stitches. Purl four stitches, knit two stitches; repeat these six stitches until you reach the end of the row. Row 6: Purl two stitches. Knit four stitches and purl two stitches; repeat these six stitches until you reach the end of the row. Row 7: Knit all stitches Row 8: Purl all stitches

Row 9: Purl three stitches. Knit two stitches and purl four stitches; repeat these six stitches until you reach the last five stitches. Knit two stitches, purl three stitches. Row 10: Knit three stitches. Purl two stitches, knit four stitches, repeat these six stitches until you reach the last five stitches. Purl two stitches, knit three stitches. Row 11: Purl three stitches. Knit two stitches and purl four stitches; repeat these six stitches until you reach the last five stitches. Knit two stitches, purl three stitches. Row 12: Knit three stitches. Purl two stitches, knit four stitches, repeat these six stitches until you reach the last five stitches. Purl two stitches, knit three stitches.

Repeat these 12 rows until the blanket is as long as you want it to be. Knit three rows as a border for this end of the blanket. Bind it off loosely so the blanket edge will be as stretchy as the rest of the blanket.

Tip

You can create your own design for a baby blanket by looking through a stitch dictionary to see a pattern you like.

About the Author

Ramona French owned a massage school and taught massage for 28 years. In that time she wrote textbooks on Swedish, acupressure, deep tissue and lymph drainage massage. She is the author of "Introduction to Lymph Drainage Massage" and "Milady's Guide to Lymph Drainage Massage." Her book, "The Complete Guide to Lymph Drainage Massage," published by Milady, was released in October 2011.