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The Basket Stitch is a fun to knit, slip-stitch pattern. In fact, it is perfect for confident beginners who would like to try out a simple color-change pattern without having to learn stranded knitting.
As with all slip-stitch, color-change patterns, you just knit with one color at the time, making it super easy to create lovely, decorative designs.
Actually, you can easily put your own stamp on the Basket Stitch. One way you can do this is by changing the number of rows you knit between each slip-stitch pattern block.
In addition, this versatile stitch pattern works equally well in a single-color version. However, personally, I prefer the 2-color option.
Furthermore, you could also try changing colors A and B around. You will be surprised by how different the effect of the pattern is between a darker background and a lighter background.
Do you want to learn more about slipping stitches correctly? Check out our step-by-step tutorial on slipping stitches: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise
Additionally, we have a comprehensive article on mosaic knitting that you may find interesting. You can find it here: All You Need to Know About Mosaic Knitting.
Techniques Needed for the Basket Stitch Pattern
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
wyif with yarn in front
wyib with yarn in back
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
Multiple of 4 sts plus 3. Color A and Color B.
Cast on with Color A and purl one row (This is the wrong side).
Row 1: With B, k3, * sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from *
Row 2: With B, k3, * sl 1 wyif, k3; rep from *
Row 3: With B, k3, * sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from *
Row 4: With B, k3, * sl 1 wyif, k3; rep from *
Row 5: With A, knit
Row 6: With A, purl
Repeat Rows 1-6 until the desired length is reached.