Knit this gorgeous Diagonal Basket Weave Blanket with this free Blanket Knitting Pattern. The pattern, instructions, and video will help you master the Diagonal Basketweave.
This blanket is a relatively quick knit due to the chunky yarn and large knitting needles. And I love this diagonal basket weave stitch for a blanket knitting pattern. I’ve switched out all the bedding on our bed and switched headboards, but this blanket is the one constant that sits at the foot of our bed.
The diagonal basket weave pattern is not much more complicated than your standard stocking stitch, but it is definitely more fun to knit! Even if you are a beginning knitter with a basic understanding of knit and purl, you should be able to master this stitch and use this diagonal basket weave knitting pattern to make a hand-knit blanket of your own.
how to knit the diagonal basket weave stitch
If you are unfamiliar with or need a refresher course for the diagonal basket weave stitch, pop on over to this post. There’s a nice rhythm to the diagonal basket weave, but it is imperative that you remember to knit loosely with this stitch.
I have made a video showing how to knit the diagonal basket weave pattern. It shows a little bit of both sides and the end and beginning of a row. You can see that video here.
This knit blanket measures 59″ by 69″ and is the perfect size for the foot of a bed when you need something to add a little warmth on a chilly night or a lighter throw for a quick nap.
A printable PDF of this Diagonal Basketweave Blanket pattern is available to all subscribers in the Subscriber’s Benefits Library.
materials for this blanket pattern (59″ x 69″) using the diagonal basket weave stitch:
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- US 19 (15mm) circular knitting needles , 40 inches long.
- I used twenty-two Plymouth Yarns Encore Mega skeins, a 5-ply yarn of wool and acrylic blend. With 63 yards per skein, the blanket took 1,386 total yards. I would use 100% wool in the perfect world, 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 also work for this blanket pattern. Please know that I haven’t worked with these yarns, but their gauge and weight are similar to what I used. BUT…when substituting yarns, definitely work a gauge swatch.
- Milla Mia Naturally Soft Super Chunky (If you want a 100% wool option) is a single-ply super bulky weight yarn. You may want to bump up the needle size if you go this route.
- Cascade Pacific Bulky The texture of this yarn is also 2 plies and it has a similar content ( Acrylic (60%) and Merino Superwash Wool (40%)). The gauge is also similar.
want to make this blanket a different size?
If you want to resize your blanket, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth, or Towel.
As the instructions are written, in the gauge indicated, this will produce a blanket that measures 59″ by 69″, which is slightly larger than a knit throw blanket. Throw blankets are typically 50″ by 60″. To make this a throw blanket size, you will want to cast on 125 stitches and work the borders as written.
In diagonal basket weave stitch and with a size US 19 needles, 1 inch = 2.5 stitches.
Tip: Knit loosely! The diagonal basket weave stitch can get very tight. Keep a loose hand.
- Cast on 149 stitches (or a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1) with US 15 or 17 circular needles.
- Rows 1-4 : *K1P1; repeat from * to last ST, K1 (Seed Stitch)
- Row 5 and every subsequent odd (RS) row; K1, P1, K1; skip next stitch (but leave the stitch on the left-hand needle) and K 1TBL the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then, bring your needle back to the front and knit the stitch that you initially skipped. Then, let both stitches slip off of your left-hand needle. Repeat this pattern until the last four stitches, SL 1 K(WYIB); K1, P1, K1.
- Row 6 and every subsequent even (WS) row; K1, P1, K1; WYIF skip next stitch (but leave the stitch on the left-hand needle) P 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 left-hand needle Repeat this pattern until the last four stitches remain and SL 1 P (WYIF); K1, P1, K1.
- Work until the desired length (I worked mine until it was 69”).
- Work the next 4 rows in seed stitch.
- Switch to your smaller needles to bind off. This will help prevent your bind-off edge from flaring out.
Blocking your Blanket
Once you’ve spent the time to create your beautiful knit blanket, make sure you finish it properly by blocking it. The active blocking time will only take 30-45 minutes, with another 1-2 days of dry time, so plan accordingly. Follow this link for instructions on how to block your knitting and the materials I use.
a great gift
And if you don’t need a knit blanket, it would make a great gift for someone special.
If you make this blanket as a gift, make sure to grab one of these care tags detailing the yarn fiber content and washing instructions.
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- The faux fur edge on this knit blanket really makes a statement.
other knit patterns
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