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Blanket Knitting Pattern – Diagonal Basket Weave

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.

Blanket on a bed with a blue pillow in the background.

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.

Diagonal Basketweave Blanket on Foot of bed.

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.

finished knit blanket folded, laying at foot of the bed

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 17 (12mm) or 15(10mm) circular knitting needle, 40 inches long, for casting on and binding off
  • 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.

  • 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.

Basket weave blanket, wrapped up with bow, ready for gifting

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.

Knit care tag on a knit blanket.

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    1. Hey Lynn, I have a question I wanted to use a 100% Pima cotton yarn and was wondering if 13US Knitting needles would still work for the pattern?

      1. Hi Arrah,

        As it relates to your last questions…yes, the first two rows are done in seed stitch and then you alternate with the knit and purl row.

        As it relates to your first questions, that’s not as easy to answer. The yarn I used is recommended for 15 US and I used US 19, so I did bump it up a bit. I would guess it probably would be OK…it can be a tight knit so using a size bigger needle might actually be a good thing.

        Can you buy just one skein/ball and see how it knits up? I know that’s harder to do if you are ordering it online.

        Also, I imagine you will need more yardage than I used. If you knit a swatch and then measure it, you should be able to calculate your yardage. I’d be glad to help you with that if you need it.

        If it’s online and you don’t want to get just one, you can see their gauge and calculate how much you’ll need.

        I hope this helps, but let me know if I can help you more.



  1. Wonderful video I am a visual learner and you made this clear as glass. I’m going to use wool as I have so much of it. Thanks so much.

    1. Hey Juanita, see…there is a benefit to having a great yarn stash! I’ve been telling my husband that for years, but he just doesn’t get it!

      I’d love to see your finished project. Send a picture!

      Have a great day and happy knitting.


  2. Thanks for the yarn suggestions. I always have a hard time deciding on which yarn to use. The video really helps me also. The blanket is gorgeous and it looks so soft that I just want to touchit!

  3. I love the look of this blanket and sent the instructions on to my SIL who is a master knitter. It would be a great gift for a shower. I wish she’d make me one!

  4. love your patterns, but can’t figure out how to download just the pattern. end up with 10 ort12 printed pages.
    this gets kind of hard on the ink/printer budget. what am I doing wrong?

      1. After you download the pattern, go into print preview and change the setting in there from print “all” to just print the pages the pattern is on, this is done by simply typing page 1-3 or 2-4 whatever is necessary in the line under print all option. Leaving the print all option checked can waste plenty of ink, paper and time, you’ll be so happy you changed it. Hope this helps, happy knitting.

  5. It’s asking for a password for Subscriber Library. Do you send me one? And if I have to make up one where do I register I already signed up for newsletter. Thanks

  6. The blanket is beautiful, looks so soft and cozy. I am in need of a pattern to make a quick baby blanket, and I think this yarn and pattern would be perfect. Do you have a translation for that size? How many to cast on, etc.? Thx.

    1. Tammy, did I not reply to you? I am so sorry if I didn’t…I couldn’t find an email to you so I’m thinking I didn’t. Ugh, please accept my apologies.

      I did a quick search and found that a standard crib mattress measures 27.5 inches by 52 inches. I think you could probably make it 25″ by 52″…so only cast on 50 stitches…give or take a few. But it’s completely up to you…I had a 2 stitches/inch gauge and if yours is similar you could pretty much make it any size you want based on that gauge.

      Hope this helps! Do pop back and let me know how it works out and I’d love to see a photo

  7. Beautiful blanket and very well put together tutorial. I had started to knit a blanket with giant wool, but ended up crocheting it instead because it used up so much of very expensive wool. I am still wanting to knit a blanket so this post is perfect. Pinning for fall.

  8. I also had difficulty… I tried to print from subscriber benefits but would not accept a password and would not move from that screen. Need help. Enjoy your blog..great ideas.

    1. Hi Jackie, I am so sorry that this is causing you troubles! I hope you received a password when you subscribed, but in case you didn’t I will gladly give it to you again.

      Email me directly and I’ll give it to you.

      HAve a great day.


  9. Is the pattern the same on both sides? I’m new to knitting and trying this on a small scale but only seeing the pattern on one side. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Hi Tina, you will only see the woven pattern on one side. Like most knit patterns, there is a right side and wrong side.

      I hope you are enjoying the pattern! How are you doing with it? It really is quite easy, don’t you think?

      Hope you have a great day and let me know if you have any other questions.

      Hugs, Lynn

  10. Hi Lynn – if this is a double post, sorry – I tried earlier but don’t see it here now! My 18 year old son seems to think that if I don’t knit him a blanket then that’s bordering on child abuse! So, since I don’t want to go down in the annals of horrible mothers, I’m planning on knitting him one. I love the Diagonal Weave blanket, but I’m concerned that with the size 19 needles, I won’t be finished with it until his 21st birthday! If I double the yarn could this be done on size 36 or 50, or with the pattern would that just look stupid? BTW, your blog, your patterns, your videos, pretty much everything about you is awesome! Thanks

    1. Hi Lynn! First of all, you made my day…and it’s only 6:10 in the morning!

      And you are so blessed with a son that wants a knit blanket…not sure my 17-year old son would even notice if I knit a blanket for him!?

      If you use a super bulky yarn and those size US 19 needles, I think you’ll be surprised by how quickly that blanket moves along. I did it, start to finish, in about 3-4 weeks…working mostly just in the evenings. That being said, I think you could bump up the needle size a bit. Try a few rows and see what you think.

      If you don’t mind, pop back in and let me know how it worked if you do work it on those larger needles. I’d love to know.

      I hope your day is fantastic my friend!



  11. Hi Lynn,

    I love this blanket I want to make it for a cousin this is getting married this summer. Do I need to use the size 19 needle or can I change it, is there a gauge on the blanket to get it right or can I play with it?

    1. Hi Amy, I had a gauge of 2 stitches per inch (you made me realize that I didn’t put that gauge in my post…need to fix that). There is no doubt in my mind that you can play with the needle size and yarn…

      What a great wedding gift…I’d love to see what your blanket looks like! Send a photo when done.

      Have a great day and happy knitting.


  12. Hi Lynn
    What I was wondering is 151 stitches is to big for what I want… I’m really wanted it as a thrown for my sister on her boat…as long as its a odd number would that be fine??

  13. Hi Lynn! Love your website! I am expecting my first baby and have been searching for the perfect knitting pattern. I am in love with this blanket and feel so grateful you took the time to make these videos as I feel confident I can make this blanket for my little one.

    I am trying to sort out the sizing and what yarn to use. I would like to use acrylic so that this blanket will last and be easily washable. I am looking at adjusting the size of the blanket to 48x48ish. Most of the baby yarns are much smaller than the yarn you used – and call for a smaller needle. What would you recommend?

    Also, is it possible to do the crochet pattern edging from the washcloth on this blanket? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Towns…

      And Congratulations! Oh I miss those days of having wee ones in the house…you are in for so much wonder and fun…but you know that already.

      So, what I would do if I were you is find a yarn you just love and then use the needles that are recommended for that yarn. You can use this yardage calculator to determine how many yards/skeins you need.


      If you want to be spot on, then using your yarn and needles, cast on 10 stitches and knit a stocking stitch for maybe 4 rows. Take that little swatch off of your needle and measure the length that you got with 10 stitches. Let’s assume it’s 4 inches, then you know you’ll need to cast on 120 stitches to get the 48 inches you want (48/4=12, 12×10 stitches =120 cast on stitches)

      And absolutely you can add a border…any border. Just make sure when you pick up your stitches with your crochet needle that you don’t pick up too few or it will pucker. I find it best to just check as I go along to make sure it is lying flat.

      I do want you to know that I am getting ready to post a baby blanket. I knit it of washable cotton and it is so beautiful. I’ve attached a picture, but I’m probably 1-2 weeks away from getting it posted.

      If you have further questions please let me know! I’m glad to help.



  14. Thank you for this lovely pattern and well produced video. I appreciate having a demonstration to explain a new stitch pattern. I’m going to try this out for my next dishcloth.

    1. Oh I’m so glad you found the video helpful! Makes me happy to know that folks are finding it useful. And you are especially kind declaring it ‘well produced’…? I’ve always found videos helpful…that picture is worth a thousand words thing. In fact, I’m putting the finishing touches on another post and video for a charming little baby blanket I just finished. Hope to publish it in the next couple of days.

      If you are going to use the stitch on a dishcloth, wanted to make sure you saw that I do have a post/pattern using that lovely stitch in a dishcloth at https://nourishandnestle.com/diagonal-basket-weave-washcloth/.

      Thanks again for stopping by. Hope to see you again!

      Hugs, Lynn

  15. Hi Lynn! Would it be possible to knit this with a medium weight yarn? If so, what size needle would I use, and how would I alter the pattern? (New at this!)

    1. Hi Dani,

      I guess I’d start with a size 8 needle and do a swatch in your yarn to see how that knits up. Once you figured out your gauge, you would only need to change the number of stitches you cast one, making sure you have a multiple of 2 plus 1 and follow the pattern. Feel free to pop back in if you have further questions.

      Hugs, Lynn

  16. Hi Lynn – I have been looking for a blanket pattern to knit for a Christmas gift and this one is perfect. Love the design and the quick knit! I have started the blanket and have one question. Since the yarn is bulky, how do you add a new skein? I usually add the new yarn by using two strands (old and new) to knit a few stitches but this yarn is too bulky for this technique. Thanks so much for your help!

    1. And I’m tickled that you are knitting this blanket…it is one of my favorite projects!

      As it relates to your question…I just tied the ends of the two skeins together and kept the knot at the back of the blanket. Once done knitting, I just wove in the ends. Given the texture of the blanket, you really have to look hard to see where the knot and the woven ends are. The weaving in doesn’t change the pattern on the front at all.

      I hope this helps and happy knitting!

      Hugs, Lynn

  17. Hi Lynn –
    I wish to make this blanket for a baby bereavement group and wonder to make a 36inch x 36 inch square, how many stitches to cast on. I like this blanket as it does not have holes in it which is a requirement of these blankets. I plan to use caron simply soft in white because they prefer all donations to be made out of acrylic. It calls for a size 8 needle. Should I bump it up to a 10?

    Thanks for your assistance!


    1. Hi Teresa, what a lovely reason to knit. I’m struggling to tell you exactly how many stitches to log on. But, in looking at the Caron Simply Soft yarn gauge, it looks like 18 stitches with a US 8 needle will yield 4 inches. Accordingly, I would imagine that casting on 162 stitches will get you close to 36″. (36 inches/4 inches = 9….9 X 18 stitches = 162 stitches).

      I would knit an 18 stitch swatch to see if you get the 4″ before you jump in with both feet.

      Stop back by and let me know how it works out for you.

      Hugs, Lynn

  18. Hi i just started learning how to knit recently so these might be dumb questions but do you use circular kneedles for this? And if i want to make a baby blanket instead of a throw how big should i make it? I really love this pattern i cant wait to try it!

    1. Good Morning Mandi,

      I did use circular needles, but didn’t knit it in the round. I’d stop at the end of a row and turn it like I would using regular needles…the circulars just give you more space for a blanket. You can check out my youtube video to see what I’m talking about. https://youtu.be/LphfApWKgvU?list=PLvlCTWM0un26bcd6zvcfAGylS1PtsK1Qi

      And for a baby blanket, do you know what kind of yarn/gauge you will be using? For instance, I know some folks have used Caron Simply Soft (it is 100% Acrylic) for a baby blanket version of this blanket. In that case, the Caron Simply Soft yarn gauge is 18 stitches with a US 8 needle yielding 4 inches. Accordingly, I would imagine that casting on 162 stitches will get you close to 36″. (36 inches/4 inches = 9….9 X 18 stitches = 162 stitches). I think a pretty standard baby blanket is 36″ by 36″.

      I would knit an 18 stitch swatch to see if you get the 4″ before you jump in with both feet.

      I hope this helps my friend. Do let me know if you have further questions.

      Happy day, Lynn

  19. Thank you for this beautiful pattern! Quick question, do you recommend seed stitch for the first three and last two stitches of each row (as shown in the video) or for the first five and last four as shown in the written instructions? I might be missing something since I’m pretty new to this, so I really appreciate your help! 🙂

  20. Hi Lynn,
    I’m fairly new to knitting and have never knitted a blanket. I see the directions state US 19 circular needles but I’m not finding where you state the length of the cord. Is a 36″ in cord long enough?
    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Kathy, mine were 40″…I think you’d probably be fine with the 36″, but you might find it easier if you could find 40″. The link in the blog post shows the exact ones I used.

      I sure hope this help. Please let me know if you have further questions.

      Happy Knitting!


  21. I have kept the link to your blanket as a bookmark for sometime. Am finally ready to start it. Am using size 9 and baby sport weight yarn so hoping the size difference will give me a decent weave. Thank you for the video as I am a visual learner and learn better if I can see something being done before I try and read the written pattern.

    Re Walsh

    1. Good Morning Re,

      I am so thrilled that you will be diving in to this blanket. I would definitely work a little gauge swatch with the baby sport…just to make sure.

      Glad those videos are helpful…did want to point out that in the video I say to do 2 seed stitch on either end, but the pattern says to do 4. Definitely follow the printed pattern!

      Have a great day my friend

      Hugs, Lynn

  22. This is a beautiful blanket! I do not knit so could you tell me the crochet stitchs that looks the most like your knitted blanket? Thanks so much for your input!

  23. What kind of cast on do you suggest? I have ordered the yarn and can’t wait to start. Thanks.

    1. Good Morning Mariza,

      I use the long-tail cast on…it’s the only one I ever learned! I am so excited for you to get started on the blanket…you will love it.

      I am in the midst of another blanket pattern right now…it’s a light weight blanket, perfect for the upcoming spring months.

      Happy knitting my friend!

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Aw, thanks Catherine…it’s an ‘oldie, but goodie’…Pottery Barn several years back. It sets the stage for such relaxing colors…it will surely follow us to our new bedroom.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Lindley!

      I used color #208 for that blanket. By the way, I washed and dried it yesterday and it turned out great!

      Have a great day my freind.

      Hugs, Lynn

  24. Hi Lynn

    thanks so much for the pattern and especially the videos as it made it really easy to understand. I’ve just finished knitting this blanket for my nephew’s wedding present. My sister-in-law now wants me to knit it for her as well! I had fun making it just not sure about the seed border. The top and bottom border has come out fine but the sides is a bit puckered. Before I do the 2nd blanket I wondered if I could do a different border and what would you suggest? Thanks so much

    1. Nicki, I have to admit that I am a bit stymied on why you got the ‘ruffle’…I went to my room and examined mine with a fine tooth comb and don’t see any sign of ‘ruffle’.

      It looks like you are using a lovely cotton…could be that the cotton is so ‘stretchy’ while my wool/acrylic was a little less so.

      And while it didn’t cause a problem for me, it’s also very possible that the height of the seed stitch vs the diagonal basket weave stitch is causing the issue…maybe combined with the stretchy cotton.

      So, I would recommend switching to using a garter stitch (knit every stitch, both sides) for the border on your next blanket.

      I appreciate you making me aware of it. I will make some changes to the pattern on the site as a result.

      Wishing you a lovely day my friend.



  25. The Cascade Pacific Bulky I ordered from WEBS came today and I’m about to start this. It will be three shades of blue-green in broad stripes, darkest to lightest. Love this pattern!

  26. is shedding an issue for the yarn you used? I couldn’t tell by the reviews of the yarn. I’m looking to make this pattern but I am having trouble finding a yarn that doesn’t shed horribly.

    1. Hi Erin,

      That Plymouth Yarns Encore Mega shed very little, if at all. I am still very pleased with how that yarn has stood up. I can’t remember exactly how many times I have washed it, but I am pretty sure I’ve washed it at least once.

      Hope this helps!

      Happy Knitting.


  27. Hi Lynn,
    I’m having trouble in that my ‘weave’ is only going one direction and doesn’t look like the pictures.
    I’m doing 75 stitches in a slightly thinner yarn for a baby blanket. I’m still doing the 4 seed stitches either side but i really don’t know what’s going wrong 🙁
    Any suggestions?

  28. I have a question regarding the casting off verses casting on. Since the cast off is to be done with a size 15 or 17, should the cast on be the same? Also, working rows 1-4 with the smaller needle, would that resolve any curling issues?
    Thank you,

  29. Hi Lynne,
    My 15 year old granddaughter has fallen n love with this pattern. The original yarn she picked is too thin.
    The substitute we found is: “ buttercream luxe craft Alpaca Solid.
    Gauge 9 sts and 12 rows on size 15 needles. The gauge works out perfectly.
    My question is—how many stitches should be cast on to be comparable to the size in the original directions?
    I hope you can help and I will hear from you soon.
    Thank you for being available!

      1. Hello again,
        I did not expect to be back so soon; but I am a little confused.
        The printed directions for the beginning of the pattern, (after the first 4 rows of edge K1P1) are:”next row and every subsequent knit row; K1, P1, K1, P1 ,K1 then skip next stitch, “ etc. Does this mean you should do a K1 before starting the pattern stitch every time?
        Or just at the beginning so the first skipped pattern knit will occur on a knit stitch?
        I watched the video—several times. She goes right from the edge stitches to the pattern.
        Thanks. Danielle

        1. Hi Danielle,

          No, you don’t do the K at the beginning of each pattern…just at the beginning of each row. The pattern is (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.)

          Hope this helps my friend.

          Hugs, Lynn

  30. Hi Lynn,

    This may sound like a silly question, but if I wanted to knit just the diagonal basket weave part of the pattern, than add a crochet border afterwards, would I still be casting on multiples of 2 stitches plus 1? Or would it just be multiples of 2?

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Don’t you know that there are no silly questions?!

      You would still cast on the 2 plus 1 for the body of the blanket. What crochet border will you put on it? I think I might be jealous!

      Happy Knitting my friends.



  31. Love the pattern and your letters. Will hopefully get going on a blanket – probably after Christmas now. But love love love your puppy! Beautiful babe. I’m getting pick of a new litter next week and hoping to have him/her by Christmas. This will be my third Golden and I am so excited – so no knitting at the moment – busy reading all the new theories on puppy training.

    1. Oh Daveen, I am so jealous…well, kinda. I love a puppy and the puppy breath, but glad to not be having to potty train. What breed are you getting? What a great Christmas treat!



  32. I love this pattern and am nearly finished with a version for my son. It’s a lovely dark blue in a cotton yarn. I used two strands of yarn held together to give the blanket a nice weight and to show the wonderful basket weave pattern. I want to ask if the knit side should be the last row before the seed stitch edging or the purl row. Thank you!

    1. Hi Karen,

      I’d love to see your finished blanket if you have a chance to snap a picture! For the seed stitch, begin it after you’ve done the knit row.

      Happy Knitting my friend.

      hugs, Lynn

  33. Thank you so much for the great blanket pattern. I have been knitting for years but have never knitted a comfy blanket for my husband.

    This was super easy, fast to knit and the pattern makes a really warm blanket/throw!

    I wish there was an option to add a photo.

    1. Hi Anne, I am so glad you enjoyed this pattern! And I know hubby is finally thrilled to have a comfy blanket.

      Happpy Knitting, my friend.



  34. Hi! I just loooove your pattern! It’s easy to learn and it’s really stunning! But I have trouble how to knit backwards, when I make mistakes. I once started the blanket over, because I couldn’t solve it.. But now, when I have knitted about 40 cm, I don’t want to frog it all and start over! I have no problems, working backwards in stockinette stitch, but in this pattern I just can’t figure it out! Is there any tips or tutorials about knitting this pattern backwards? Hope you understand my english, I’m from Sweden. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Linda,

      I am so glad you like the pattern and I am happy to help! I am not sure what you are referring to about knitting backwards. Can you copy the part of the pattern that is giving you trouble and share it with me. I am glad to try to help.



      1. I made some wrong stitches a little bit back, so I need to go back to that wrong part and do it right. I don’t want to take the stitches of the needles, frog and then put the stitches back on the needles again. I want to reverse one stitch at a time, all the way to my error, and past it. Then I can work forward, correct the mistake and keep knitting in pattern. It’s hard to explain. If I don’t make myself understood, I will try to make a video..

        1. Hi Linda,

          I completely understand! With this pattern, I would just slowly take 2 stitches off at a time and uncross them. When you knit them the first time, you knit in pairs of stitches, crossing one over the other. Just slowly undo those pairs, one at a time until you get to your error. Does that make sense?

          Keep me posted!


  35. Hi Lynn,
    Just started the diagonal basket blanket. Confused on the beginning and ending rows. Video says work seed on first three stitches and last three. PDF says last four stitches. The beginning of each row shows five stitches before beginning pattern. Help!

    1. Hi Carol, I completely see the confusion. So…I produced the video and then decided to add another stitch to the pattern to avoid chances of curling. The last K1 of the 5 stitches actually starts the diagonal pattern. I will go in and clear that up; sorry for the confusion.

  36. Hello Lynn:
    I refer to myself as a “barely competent” knitter ☺️, but this is such a beautiful blanket and you have described & demo’d it so wonderfully (Thanks SO Much for sharing!) that I think I could pull this off … IF I take my time & FOCUS!
    I have 2 questions:
    1) I also only know the long tail cast on. But I’ve never really been able to figure out if the cast on is considered the 1st row (knit side?) of the pattern? Or if it’s just considered as a “base” and after you cast on the required number of stitches, then the next row is the 1st row of the pattern?
    (1b: same question as applied to the cast off? Sorry for sneaking in third question😳)
    And 2: If I use a washable worsted wt type of yarn (such as Caron or Lion Brand One Pound skeins of yarn) and knit with double strands…Do you think that would be a close enough equivalent to your bulky yarn?
    (2b: Yikes! A 4th question? If you think doubling the yarn strands of the above type yarns is a viable option….would you go up a needle size … or 2??)
    I would really appreciate your thoughts & feedback on these questions, but even if you don’t have the time for my probably silly questions; THANK YOU AGAIN for this WONDERFUL pattern & post!!

    1. Happy Saturday PJ!

      I am so happy that you are going to try your hand at this pattern! I am very happy to help you along the way.

      1. Both the cast on and cast off (bind-off) row are NOT counted as rows.
      2. As it relates to your yarn question, that’s a little harder to answer right off the bat. My gut is that it would work to double a worsted, you would get very close to a bulky weight. What I would do is knit a swatch in a doubled worsted weight and see what you think. And I would knit it using a US 15 needle (10mm) needle.
      Let me know what you think and don’t hesitate to ask more questions!

  37. Hi Lynn,
    I am a much older (64 year old young at heart) experienced knitter like yourself only I have never designed patterns, although I have copied them (I am a nurse and have copied them from my residents or families and even store blankets, tweaking them using thicker or thinner yarns shh). I live in Connecticut USA which is on the east coast. The weather has finally started to turn cooler, though I am hoping to make your Diagonal Basket Weave Blanket for my youngest son (I have 5 children, a daughter and 4 sons, plus 4 furbabies, a German Shephard and Yellow Lab plus 2 cats). Off topic a bit here, sorry. My youngest son moved up closer to the Massachusetts state line and I really want to make him the blanket as he keeps his heat between 60 – 62 degrees F and want to use KnitPicks Brava Bulky yarn which has a gauge of: 3 – 3.75 sts = 1″ on size 10 – 11 needles with 136 yards per skein. Can you give me some guidance on how to go about making the blanket using this yarn and keeping the finished size of yours? I would really appreciate it and want to make it for him for Christmas. I hope you will also look at the yarns from KnitPicks.com I absolutely love their yarns and have bought from them to make Hats for the Homeless which I have dropped off at the Homeless shelter in our town as well as handed them out to the panhandlers. Please reach out to me as soon as possible so that I can have this blanket finished for Derek for Christmas. Much appreciated

    1. hi Toni,

      Your son will love this blanket, especially as it will be knit with Momma’s love!

      O.K., I used an average of 3.5 stitches per inch for your Brava Bulky. With that, you would cast on 261 stitches to achieve the same dimensions. Of course, always a good idea to do a swatch to check your gauge.

      And you should need about 1834 yards of yarn.

      Do let me know if that answers all your questions and I’d love to see your finished blanket.

      Happy Knitting!

      Hugs, Lynn

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