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This Basket Rib Stitch Pattern is one of many variations of the Basketweave Pattern.
In fact, this particular rib stitch pattern consists mostly of purl or horizontal stitches where each is played against the background of the other. However, the resulting effect is vertical ribbing pattern.
In turn, this results in a lovely and soft texture that has quite a bit of stretch to it. In fact, it would make a lovely substitution for a standard 1×1 rib stitch pattern. Furthermore, you could quite successfully use this pattern to substitute any garter or stockinette stitch pattern in your knitting project.
We like using the resulting textured fabric as is without too much blocking. However, that will of course depend on what you are using this stitch pattern for.
It is a great stitch pattern for wrist warmers or fingerless mitts where you would like a bit of stretch in the fabric to make it fit perfectly.
In addition, the wrong side of the pattern has an interesting, vertical waving pattern that also makes it ideal for knitting projects where you will see both sides of the finished fabric.
Techniques Needed For The Basket Rib Stitch Pattern
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
For the Basket Rib Stitch pattern, cast on in a multiple of 4 sts plus 1.
Row 1 (RS): K1, * p1, k1; rep from *.
Row 2 (WS): K2, * p1, k3; rep from *, end p1, k2.
Row 3: P2, * k1, p3; rep from *, end k1, p2.
Row 4: P1, * k1, p3; rep from *.
Row 5: K1, * p3, k1; rep from *.
Row 6: P1, * k3, p1; rep from *.
Repeat rows 1-6 until you have reached your desired length.