August 26, 2011

Yarn: Berroco Lustra, 50% Wool/50% Tencel aran weight yarn in Aubergine  

Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7

Gauge: 5 sts and 6 rows per inch

Stitch Pattern: Basketweave

Source: BW1, p. 17.

Comments: In my mind, basketweave has always been a stitch made up of alternating squares of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch - usually in 5's: K5,P5,K5,P5, etc.   Apparently this is another one of those basic patterns that I thought I knew, but didn't.  :)  According to Ms. Walker, the one I know is really "block stitch" (BW1, p. 19-20).   The true basketweave has you make the knit squares 3 sitiches wide, and the purl squares 5 stitches wide - the result is that you get more of a woven effect, since the purl stitches stand out against the knit stitches and look like ribbons that have been woven behind the solid upright knit bits - kind of like a woven basket (surprise, surprise!).  Suddenly, the basketweave title makes so much more sense to me!  :)

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