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! :)