Instructions and a quick video showing how to DIY Knit Blanket using the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch. The Diagonal Basket Weave Stitch creates a lovely woven knitting pattern, resulting in a throw perfect for your home or for gifting.
Remember a while back when I was all heart-eyes ❤ about this Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth? At that time, I 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 DIY knit blanket a rather quick project and I love the basketweave stitch for a knit blanket pattern.
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 basketweave 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 and use this basketweave knitting pattern to make your own DIY Knit Blanket.
I have included a quick video on how to make your own DIY Knit Blanket using the basketweave stitch at the end of the post showing a little bit of both sides, as well as 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.
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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.
Materials for DIY Knit 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. BUT…when substituting yarns, definitely work a gauge swatch.
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 time of blocking will only take 30-45 minutes, with another 1-2 days dry time, so plan accordingly. Follow this link for instructions on how to block your knitting and the materials I use.
One of our talented readers knit this Diagonal Basketweave Blanket for her son using a lovely Navy Cotton Yarn that she doubled!
If you want to resize your blanket, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth, or Towel.
- Cast on 149 stitches (or a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1) I had a gauge of 2.5 stitches per inch.
- For rows 1-4: K1P1 and repeat for the remainder of 1st row, ending with a K1 (NOTE: one of my readers had a problem with the seed stitch border ‘ruffling’ on the sides. Although I haven’t had that problem, if you want to be sure to avoid that possibility then I would suggest working the 1st 4 rows in a garter stitch, instead of the seed stitch. If you go that route, work sides in garter, as opposed to the seed stitch indicated in the rest of the directions.)
- 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 upfront, 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 69″).
- 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 the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch!
And in the off chance you don’t personally need a knit blanket, it would make a great gift for someone special.
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If you like working with bulky yarns, check out this pattern for a chunky knit Christmas stocking for the holidays.
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