Basketweave Baby Blanket

Basketweave Baby Blanket

Hand-knit baby blanket: check!

I started knitting this almost immediately after I found out we were expecting, and way before I knew we were having a boy. My mom crocheted a green and yellow baby blanket to take me home in, and for years I’ve dreamed of making something similar for my own baby. The woman in the yarn store actually cautioned me against getting started on it so early in my pregnancy, saying that it was bad luck…but a) I’m not particularly superstitious, and b) I couldn’t wait.

For this blanket, I used a double thread of mint green and pale yellow cashmere blends. I like the idea of a pastel mixed with cream or yellow for a baby blanket, but two contrasting brights would also be an interesting effect (although that would make it a little harder to see the basketweave pattern).

To make a blanket approximately 28″ x 36″, I used size 11 circular needles and 10 balls of Cascade Cash Vero. The blanket thickness and amount of yarn you need, of course, will depend on what kind of yarn you select – just tell your local knitting shop what you want to make, and they’ll help you out.

What this is, basically, is a knit border with a basketweave interior, and even if you’re new to knitting, it’s way easier than it looks, swear.

With 2 strands held together, cast on 80 stitches. Knit 10 rows.

For the next 10 rows, knit ten, then knit ten, purl ten three times (to make 6 basketweave boxes total), then knit ten to finish the row.

For the following 10 rows knit ten, then knit ten, purl ten three times (to make 6 basketweave boxes total, but the reverse of what you did for the previous ten rows), then knit ten to finish the row.

Do this, switching off every ten rows, eight more times.

Finish off by knitting ten rows and casting off.

(As an alternative, you can do a seed stitch on the border rather than a straightforward knit – it’s easy enough and will create a little more separation between the border and the interior.)

Here’s a closer look at the border:

And ta da! I hung my very first gift for our son on the edge of our otherwise-totally-bare crib (yeah, I already bought a crib; the one I wanted was hugely on sale and I was worried it’d sell out. It’s also fun to have it here already :)).

(I know this looks like a completely different blanket; it’s just different lighting. Weird.)

  • http://twitter.com/KristinNehls Kristin Nehls

     Hey Jordan — this looks so adorable, I’m going to try to make one for my baby cousin (although all I’ve ever knitted as of yet is scarves, haha).

    1 question — I’m confused why you say, “knit ten, then knit ten” before the purling. Are you saying we should just knit 20 rows, or is there some reason you’re specifying 10 & then 10 (ie should I be doing it differently with those sets of 10 rows?).

    Sorry for the confusing question — I hope that made sense, I just want to make sure I do it right. Thanks a lot!

    • Anonymous

      no no, i’m sorry if i’m being confusing – i’ve never really explained this stuff to anyone, so i’m not really sure about the terminology for knitting instructions.

      because you’re doing a knit border, you have to knit ten stitches before you begin working on the basketweave bit, and then finish each row with ten knit stitches (for the other end of the border). but in between, you’re basically doing ten rows that alternate knit with purl, and then ten rows that reverse the pattern, alternating purl with knit, always starting and ending with ten knit stitches.

      i apologize if that’s still confusing – if so, just shoot me an email and i’ll try to explain better!

  • Yaydiy

     This is ADORABLE! Nice work!  The baby will LOVE it. xoxo Erin of Yaydiy.com

    • Anonymous

      thank you! my first basketweave ever – so pleased with how it turned out.

  • Dana

     That is a beautiful blanket, Jordan! Do you have any good knitting store recommendations? I’m a recent (ish) transplant  from LA and I have yet to find any cute knit shops in the city (preferably near the west village) yet. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    thank you! i go to one on 84th between 1st and 2nd called “Woolgathering.” Lion Brand Yarn over by Union Square is also gorgeous, and there’s a shop called Purl Soho on Broome that I haven’t been into, but that looks really pretty.

    • JM

      Purl is a gorgeous store, but very very expensive! 

      • Anonymous

        i bet! so is the one by union square…and…well, the one by me isn’t exactly cheap. it’s been my experience that knitting stores in the city are ridiiiiiculously expensive. i could’ve bought that yarn for half price if i had been smart enough (or patient enough) to look online.

  • Ali

    Jordan, lovely blanket!  I’ve recently been knitting up a storm for my many expecting co-workers, and I am impressed that you finished your project so quickly!  As a fellow baby-product-knitter, I just want to recommend – consider making any more baby items in an easy, machine-washable yarn!  Or, don’t let Kendrick do the laundry – I don’t know if that’s the case in your relationship, but in my experience, he who does not know the fiber makeup of the hand-knitted item tends to shrink it in the wash.

    • Anonymous

      i know, i know…not the most genius yarn to make a baby blanket from ;) i just couldn’t resist…it was so gorgeous and soft. this won’t be for everyday – i just sort of wanted to make something really special more as a keepsake than anything else. my mom is making another one at the moment from machine-washable yarn so we’ll probably use that one on a day-to-day basis.

  • raiiin

     beautiful!  i can’t knit for the life of me– it always ends up being crooked? ah, well.  

    i can’t wait ’til your baby room (did you turn your office into the baby room?) starts filling up with baby boy things! 

    • Anonymous

      it’s a process :) and yeah, the office will be turning into a sort of nursery-with-desk-area. we already have the crib and changing table (we bought them super early b/c they were on sale) but nothing else…i’m so excited to start decorating!

  • Ashley

     Oh Jordan, that’s so beautiful!  And how special it will be to wrap your baby in a blanket that you made by hand.  :-)  Where did you learn to knit? I would looove to be able to do that someday.  Do you have any recommendations (websites, videos, whatever) for beginners?  

    • Anonymous

      thank you!!
      my friend’s mom taught me when i was eight or so. i’m not actually very good at knitting – i don’t know how to do anything but scarves and blankets (which are really just big scarves), or knit/purl (a seed stitch and basketweave pattern are just extensions of basic knit/purl). it’s SO easy – the only thing that takes some practice is getting the tension right so all your stitches come out evenly and there aren’t big loops and holes.

      there are great video tutorials out there – here’s pretty much what you need to know to make a scarf/blanket:
      http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-cast-on-2
      http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-knit-the-knit-stitch
      http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-knit-the-purl-stitch
      http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-cast-off

      but what i would do is take a one-hour knitting class at a local store – they’re usually cool about you popping back in with a question here and there (or if you mess up and need emergency assistance).

      • Ashley

        Awesome!!  Thanks so much! 

  • http://twitter.com/dianeshipley Diane Shipley

     Ooh, good work, Jordan! (And on the bargain crib, too.) My mum and dad made me a (yellow, Mickey Mouse) rug when my mum was pregnant, and it’s one of my most treasured possessions. 

  • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

     you won’t believe it, but i made almost that exact blanket in purple & white for a friend’s baby recently. only problem: i wanted to crawl up in it myself!

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    Lovely blanket, nice color too. I love the basketwave stitch.

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  • Agspivey

    Beautiful.  I just started knitting and have a question.  Why do you use the circular needles? Could you do this just using straight needles?

    • Anonymous

      you use circular needles when you’re casting on so many stitches (in this case, 80) that they wouldn’t fit onto a pair of regular ones.

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  • Mzchf1

    Nice, but having just done something smaller in basket weave, are you sure rows 21-30 shouldn’t be knit 10 (border), then purl 10, knit 10, repeat 3 more times (instead of doing the exact same thing you were doing in rows 11-20)? 

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