Sunday, December 30, 2007

Basketweave Scarf

After many foiled attempts, I successfully knitted a scarf for grandma Nancy just in (the nick of) time for Christmas. Even though it was my first knitting project (and if you only knew how much I struggled with knitting a simple scarf), I felt I needed something more challenging than the garter stitch I used to make the scarf (where I basically knitted every stitch). I have seen patterns for a basketweave stitch and so I thought I would improvise.
basketweave scarfI picked up a size 10 1/2 Takumi bamboo knitting needle and a skein of Lion Brand® Wool Ease® bulky weight yarn in Wheat. With 86% acrylic, 10% wool, and 4% rayon, this chunky yarn is kind of stiff but it may soften after washing. The yarn is machine washable and dryable but we'll see if it is Daly-proof.

Here is the pattern I used:
Cast on 32 stitches
(To make five rows of squares)
Row 1, 3, and 5: *knit 2, purl 4, repeat from * until end of row
Row 2 and 4: *purl 2, knit 4, repeat from * until end of row (basically knitting the opposite/wrong side so the stitches are consistent)

(To make opposite rows of squares)
Row 6, 8, and 10: *purl 2, knit 4, repeat from *until end of row
Row 7 and 9: *knit 2, purl 4, repeat from * until end of row (basically knitting the opposite/wrong side so the stitches are consistent)
Lion Brand has a basketweave pattern but they knit 4 and purl 4 (making even blocks of squares). You may need to create an account before you can view the pattern but their website has tons of patterns so it might be worth your while.

I am having lots of fun so far knitting this scarf. Wish me luck and cross your fingers that I don't knit triangles or something!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cool pattern, will use in one of my future scarfs!Knitters Rock!

Daly said...

Thank you! I have trouble completing any projects and have not graduated from knitting scarves. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

A little unusual basketweave. Really beautifull!
I'm going to try this for my cardigan!
with best wishes,
Maarit from Finland

Crabshell! :D :D D: said...

Wow!! Thank you! :D