This is a stitch I have been wanting to try for awhile now. I've seen it called both a Cross Stitch or a Basket Weave. It has a fun woven look to it and makes for a dense knit. The first time I read a pattern with this stitch it kinda left me scratching my head. It is not that hard but it did take me a few minutes of playing with it to figure it out.
I won this very pretty Bamboo yarn from Kitty Grrlz on a blog giveaway. I only have one skein of this colorway and needed a small project to use with it. It is so shiny, silky and smooth. The stitch definition is great and it lended itself well to trying out this cross-stitch pattern.
So I made a skinny scarf with it. The pattern is easy to memorize but you do need to pay attention while knitting. I can't knit this one without looking at it.
Size 8 needles/ DK Weight Yarn
Cast on 19 sts. (If you increase... keep in mind you need an odd number of stitches for the pattern to work - the purls and knits need to be offset).
Gauge is not overly important here. What is important is comfortably matching your yarn to needles. I used larger needles than I normally would for the DK weight yarn I had. Slightly looser stitches makes it easier to work this pattern.
You can add more stitches to make a wider scarf, just remember to that you need an odd number to offset the backside of the pattern.
Slip the first stitch as if to knit, knit 18.
(All even rows) Slip the first stitch as if to knit. Bring yarn to front. (Purl the second stitch on your needle. Do not remove it from your needle. Purl the first stitch on your needle. Remove both stitches.) Repeat purl pattern to last 2 sts. Purl 1, knit1.
(All odd rows) Slip the first stitch as if to knit. (Knit the second stitch on your needle by knitting into the back of the stitch. Do not remove it from your needle. Knit the first stitch on your needle. Remove both stitches.) Repeat knit pattern to last 2 sts. Knit 2.
Repeat until you get the length you want. Bind off on a knit row.
TIP... if you are a tight gauge knitter loosen up! The knits stitches especially will be tricky if you are knitting tight.
CROSS STITCH TUTORIAL
KNIT SIDE IMAGES
Knit the second stitch on your needle by knitting into the back of the stitch. Do not remove it from your needle.
Knit the first stitch on your needle.
Remove both stitches.
PURL SIDE IMAGES
Purl the second stitch on your needle. Do not remove it from your needle.
Purl the first stitch on your needle.
Remove both stitches.
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