Quick Basketweave Knitted Throw Pattern

I’m so excited to share this quick basketweave knitted throw with you today as the next project in our current handmade gift series. I haven’t shared any knitting projects with you before and I’m not sure why because I knit almost every day. I find it very calming and really look forward to my knitting time each night. I don’t watch a movie or tv show without a knitting project anymore (well, unless I’m at a theater – I can’t knit in the dark, though I’ve read some who can!).

Quick Basketweave Knitted Throw

The thing is, I’m really a very simple knitter (surprised?) – I don’t get ‘bored’ knitting the same thing, probably because I just enjoy the process of knitting. Since it’s a calming thing to me, I usually don’t want to have to spend a lot of time learning a pattern. I’ve knitted for years and have made sweaters and cardigans for many in my family, but I’ve never created cables or other complicated patterns and I find sock patterns WAY overwhelming. Three to four needles at one time and markers everywhere? No thank you.

So you can be sure that when I titled this project ‘quick’ it’s true. I also could’ve added easy, but there are so many ‘quick & easy’ projects out there, I just wanted to be different this time. The basketweave knitted throw pattern I’m sharing with you today is simple, yet the edging and basket-like center provides just enough interest.

Quick Basketweave Knitted Throw

More importantly, this fabulous throw makes a wonderful gift that you can be proud to give to your family or friends – I know I am. And it requires only knowing (or learning) a simple seed stitch (basically, knit-purl-knit-purl, etc.) and the basic stockinette stitch. I think the basketweave pattern looks more complicated than it really is, which is just alternating blocks of knitting and purling. Yep, my kind of pattern.

If you know basic knitting techniques and have make things like scarves, you can make this throw!

Quick Knitted Throw Materials

Material Notes
  • What makes this quick is using a bulky yarn. I found a deal on cones of wool (from DNBY – my favorite place to get quality yarn at prices I can actually afford), but they weren’t bulky so I held two strands together to create the gauge of a bulky yarn. So any bulky yarn or worsted-weight yarn doubled up to create a bulkier yarn will work in the pattern.
  • The wool I used was a bit scratchy, but it became nice and soft when washed and machine dried without felting too much which hid the weaved-in ends really well. Some wool doesn’t felt (i.e., shrink up) as much as others – it’s just something you’ve got to test or use any instructions, if given, on the yarn.
  • Regular straight needles will not work with this throw because it’s too big. You’ll need circular needles with either a 40″ or 60″ cable (mine is 60″). The needles shown are Options Interchangeable Needles  from Knit Picks and I pretty much knit everything with them now, they are so flexible and easy to knit with.

Tips for Quick Knitted Throw

 Throw Pattern Tips
  1. To make this throw even easier, use simple circular markers at each edge to help (mindlessly) remember where the seed stitch ends and the stockinet begins.
  2. Simply move the marker from one needle to the next and change the stitch whenever you do. You can also use markers in row 11 to help you get the basketweave pattern established, removing them when you don’t need them anymore.
  3. The pattern used to create the basketweave effect is simply purling one block of stitches and then changing and knitting the next block. Once the pattern is established, like pictured, it’s really easy to continue.

Quick Basketweave Knitted Throw

Here you can see the whole throw and what the full pattern looks like. As you can see I don’t bother blocking these throws since they’re, well, throws that are usually folded, bunched up, or warming a lap.

Quick Basketweave Knitted Throw

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Quick Basketweave Knitted Throw

NOTE: Updated 12-11-13 to fix counting row mistake! Each block in the pattern should be 18 stitches wide by 24 rows tall. Sorry for the confusion!

Needle Size: US 13 long Circular Needles, 47″ or 60″ (I use Options Interchangeable Needles – which I love – in Harmony wood from Knit Picks on a 60″ cable)

Yarn: 1100 to 1500 yds. of bulky weight wool or wool-blend yarn, depending on how long a throw you want (see ending note); I used a cone wool that I found at DNBY (my favorite place to find quality, discount yarns!!), but a yarn like Woolease Quick & Thick or any bulky yarn will work (or even a standard worsted wool yarn held with two strands together to create the weight of a bulky yarn).

Note: gauge is not really needed for throws, since precise sizing is not required (Yeah! Am I the only one who hates figuring out gauge?)

Pattern: seed stich edge with large basketweave center

Cast on 124 sts.

Knit a seed stitch pattern for 10 rows.

Row 1 of pattern: seed St. for 8 stitches (to create border), place marker (PM) and start basketweave pattern: knit 18, purl 18, knit 18, purl 18, knit 18, purl 18 (=6 blocks of 18 stitches each, PM between each block as needed to help set pattern); seed st. last 8 stitches.

Rows 2-24 of pattern: seed st. first and last 8 stitches and continue knitting blocks by knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches.

Row 25 (right side): seed stitch first and last 8 stitches and then reverse the block stitches to create the basketweave pattern – for this row, purl the knit stitches and knit the purls.

Rows 26-48: knit in the newly established pattern to create the next set of blocks, always keeping the seed st. edges.

Row 49 and remaining rows: reverse knit and purl again – purl the knits and knit the purls; knit for 24 more rows, switch again, always keeping the seed stitch borders until you have the amount of blocks you want (see end notes).

Last 10 rows: knit all in seed st. pattern to finish the edge of the throw and bind off loosely. Weave in your ends.

End Note:

-The throw pictured is 6 blocks long by 6 blocks wide. The throw can be as long as you want, though – simply make sure you have enough yarn and keep making rows of blocks until you reach the length you desire. I like to make the throws 7 or 8 blocks long x 6 blocks wide, but ran out of yarn for the throw pictured.

 

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 Disclosure: I am not affiliated with any of the companies I linked to – they are simply what I use, love, and am happy to share!

Comments

  1. I just taught myself how to knit and crochet in january of this year. I’m so excited to try this. I’m not very good, but I really enjoy it. Like you I do knit or crochet every night. Lately my projects have been knit/crochet hats for my kids. Thanks for sharing this pattern. Have a great day!

  2. Charlotte Moore says:

    This is so pretty. No way I could ever learn to knit or crochet. I am not crafty or talented at all. I wish I was, but the LORD did not bless me with those things. Both my sisters can sew, etc.

  3. I really love to knit — I have a chronic illness that can totally stop me from doing anything for days at a time, and I like to cheat that illness and knit little bits at time and voila! Productivity against the odds! It’s also one of my favorite things to do to prevent flare-ups, to knit for thirty minutes or so between activities so that I rest and re-gain some energy. I like to spin my own yarn too…this looks like a perfect project to save up my homespun for. I’ve got a sweater and hats and scarves to finish for this delightful Ohio winter, and will keep accumulating the homespun in the meantime. It’s not 100%, um, even yarn, so a slightly formless thing like a throw would be perfect!

  4. What a great simple throw pattern! I need some of those long interchangable needles now! This would be a great winter project for me, since it would keep me warm while I work! :-)

  5. ok, I really want to KNOW how to knit, not learn how to knit. I’m hoping one day I’ll get the will power to learn how to knit and when I do I’ll be coming back for these instructions.

    Love the throw!

  6. Heather Nowak says:

    Hello! I am new to knitting so I have a question. I was looking up the amount of yarn needed to make this blanket and buying Lion Brand Wool-ease at $4.79 a roll, I would be paying $65 before taxes for just the yarn. Is that normal? That just seemed a little high to me but like I said, I haven’t done this before. :-)

    • Ah, sadly, Heather, what you have found is true, yarn can be VERY expensive – especially if you want natural fibers. That’s why I buy most all of my yarn online at the site I linked to (DNBY) and buy whenever I see a good deal (anything with about 100yds for $2 or less a skein), then I have yarn available for projects. Smiley’sYarn.com is also a good online source, but you need to have a minimum purchase and they have a lot of junky fibers, though they carry others, too. Sign up for emails from them and then you’ll be on the list for sales. Hope this helps some!! :)

      • Heather Nowak says:

        Yes, thanks for the help! I have another questions….I am not having a hard time finding the size 13 circular needles but they all come with a 29″ or 36″ cable? Does that sound right? I saw that yours is 60″? Help! :-)

        • Is this in the stores, Heather? I linked to the online source I use for needles – Knitpicks – just for this reason. You can get lots of different cable lengths and they are interchangeable, so you don’t have to have size 13 needles with 24″, 36″ and 60″ – only one set of needles and then sets of different sized cables. I’m not sure what they offer in stores, but they aren’t that expensive online, especially since they’re so versatile. :)

          • Heather Nowak says:

            I just bought some from knitpicks! Thanks! I also got a pretty good deal on some Woolease on cyber Monday so I am going to tackle this project!! :-)

          • So great to hear, Heather! I hope you (or your recipient, ha!) enjoys a warm lap. :)

  7. I understand how the pattern is created, but found the explanation confusing. If you continue to “knit the knit rows and purl the purl rows” on both right and wrong side, it’s going to end up as a knit every row look rather than a stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch. An inexperienced knitter might wonder what they are doing wrong. Did I misread?

    • Hmm, I don’t know, Lynda, as I never use the phrase you’ve quoted. I establish the pattern with:
      “start basketweave pattern: knit 18, purl 18, knit 18, purl 18, knit 18, purl 18 (=6 blocks of 18 stitches each, PM between each block as needed to help set pattern); seed st. last 8 stitches”

      and then say to “continue knitting blocks by knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches” (not rows) before reversing the pattern to create the basketweave. I thought it was clear – do you have another suggestion for wording?

  8. “Rows 26-48: knit in the newly established pattern to create the next set of blocks, always keeping the seed st. edges.”
    You meant 38 instead of 48, right? So the size of one block would be 18×14?

    Love the throw, making it right now for Christmas:)

    • No, the blocks are 18 stitches wide by 24 rows tall – we want us a good sized throw, ha! I’m glad you are making it – I know you’ll love it. :)

      • Then why you finish first row of blocks on row 24? It makes 14 rows blocks…

        “Rows 12-24: seed st. first and last 8 stitches and continue knitting blocks by knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches.
        Row 25 (right side): seed stitch first and last 8 stitches and then reverse the block stitches to create the basketweave pattern – for this row, purl the knit stitches and knit the purls.”

        • ACK! My apologies, Julia – can you tell this is my first time writing out a pattern? :) I’m going in to fix the pattern now, but my problem was counting the seed stitch rows in with the pattern rows. I’ll just treat them as separate so the counting works out. Each block really should be 18 stitches by 24 rows. Sigh.

  9. Thanks, I get it now:) But I’m halfway thru with 18×14, looks good so far:)

  10. As soon as I got to the 14th row and saw that it was rectangular, I figured you just missed the extra 10 to make the first block of 24. This happens often with online patterns – no biggie! Thanks for updating! :-)

  11. Wendy Watts says:

    I looked and looked for a larger basket weave pattern and finally found yours. I am excited about making this pattern into a throw for my brother in law who gets chilly in the winter time, likely because my sister loves having windows open a bit even in winter :) Thank you so much for making this pattern available.

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