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Learning Basket Weave

Learning Basket Weave

Learning Basket Weave

Its three weeks in, and I think it is fair to say I am almost halfway through my first full size crochet blanket. I am using a Basket Weave pattern and it has been quite the learning experience, but is extremely fun!

Late last night I had the challenge of ordering more yarn from the UK which took considerably more mental capacity than I had at 11pm (I ended up making the purchase this morning). I am hoping I don’t run out of yarn before the order gets to Sydney – lucky the Christmas rush is over!

To bring you all up to speed, I am making a Basket Weave Blanket. I am using a pattern from Craft Passion called Basket Weave Baby Blanket.

Stylecraft Special DK yarn

Sytlecraft Special DK in Walnut, Petrol, Meadow, Copper and Camel (l to r)

I have been desperate to try Stylecraft Special DK Yarn so have chosen an earthy / autumn colour palette of Stylecraft Special DK Walnut, Petrol, Meadow, Copper and Camel.

There was a fair bit of deliberation in regards to the colour order, but I ended ordering the colours randomly rather than in colour order (like a rainbow).

Basket Weave

The first 2 rows of basket weave form the first part of the weave (e.g. left and right), and the next 2 rows form the opposite direction of the weave (e.g. up and down).

After looking at some striped crochet blankets online, I decided to make each sripe of colour a different size.

Excluding the first 2 rows, the way this pattern of basket weave works is that 2 rows form the first part of the weave (e.g. left and right), and the next 2 rows form the opposite direction of the weave  (e.g. up and down).

As you can see from the picture, the best place to change colour is after 2 rows in a particular direction. This ends up being even numbered rows in the Craft Passion pattern.

The widths I have used for the coloured stripes is 6 rows, followed by 10 rows, 4 rows, 8 rows and back to 6 rows again. At either end of the blanket there is 12 rows.

At this stage, I am not really sure how long the blanket will be. I think it will end up around 1.5m in length – ideally long enough to cover 2 people on a lounge.

Basket Weave Blanket

Progress shot of my Basket Weave Blanket

I also have to start thinking about what I would like to do with the border. I am a fan of scalloped edging but we will have to wait and see!

I can’t wait to share with you all the finished product!!

Sam xx

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3 thoughts on “Learning Basket Weave

  1. Jude

    Hello Sam, I also share a fascination with all things hand-knitted,woven, felted, crotcheted and more recently eco-dyed.Your basket-weave blanket is beautifully crotched – I have only ever knitted this pattern before. Looking forward to more of your projects
    Love Lilybily Designs

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