This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one new block to the blog with some of my notes. If you would like to knit along with us please feel free to leave your comments, questions, suggestions, and links to photos in the COMMENT section. You can also add a photo to our Flickr group or tag a Tweet with #WFAlearn2knit. If you are just joining us you might want to start with the introductory post.
Block Three: Basketweave Stitch
Block Four (coming soon)
Getting Started Knitting
If you are completely new to knitting you can learn the basics of getting starting with our Newbie Knitting series. Once you have tackled the first few lessons there, you will be ready to begin your afghan.
Working with the Basketweave Pattern
Now that you have learned how to knit and purl you can achieve a variety of patterns simply by alternating between knit sections and purl sections. The next several blocks we will be working on will demonstrate this and leave us with some fun textured squares. You should also note that these squares do not curl, so keep these patterns in mind when you need a border for a stockinette stitch piece.
With this pattern you will be alternating between two sections every 4 rows. The weave effect is created by knitting the vertical rows and purling the horizontal rows. Once you get the hang of the basket weave pattern, you will find that you can put down the book and just knit the piece. If you loose track of your rows, you can count the Vs in the knit section.
Note: The basket weave pattern makes excellent wash clothes when knit with cotton yarn.
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