basketweave blanket

Basketweave BlanketTwo of my good college friends used to tell everyone that they each wanted to have 10 kids. During a weekend retreat at Princeton, I promised that I would knit them baby blankets and send them jars of Nutella for each baby they had.

This blanket is the fulfillment of the promise for my friend Quirk (nickname), who is having her second baby boy this fall. I made Quirk’s first blanket exactly two years ago and it was the very first post I wrote for this blog! That first blog post still receives some of the most traffic both here and on Ravelry.  (This is the 4th blanket I made to fulfill my promise…you can find the 3rd here. Fortunately for me, I don’t think either of my friends will actually have 10 kids each.)Basketweave Blanket

Quirk has the most difficult pregnancies of anyone I know. They are “so-sick-I-lose-weight-and-can’t-get-out-of-bed” bad. So by the time Quirk gets to the end of her pregnancy, she has definitely earned a jar of Nutella.

I sent Quirk a jumbo jar of Nutella with this blanket. You see, Quirk is getting ready to move to Papua New Guinea with her family. And Nutella will be hard to come by there. Quirk has been busy over the last few months preparing to move to a new country, raising support money for the work she and her husband will do there, and taking care of an almost-two-year-old little boy. All while feeling really sick. So the jumbo jar of Nutella is her reward.

Nutella blanket

About the pattern: This blanket is an adaptation of the Reveresable Basketweave Blanket. I used Cotton Ease to knit it because I wanted to make something durable and easy to wash. This blanket is going to travel all over with Quirk and her family, so it needed to be made of something that would last.

The pattern is quite easy to knit and a nice change from the complicated Twin Leaf Pattern. You can find my notes for the Basketweave Blanket on Ravelry (note: the pattern is free).

Basketweave for Quirk    Basketweave Blanket

Stay tuned for another custom pattern I designed that will be available soon. I’m in the process of knitting it right now. If you’re signed up for my newsletter, you’ll be the first to find out when the pattern is available and will have the chance to buy it at an absurdly low price! Sign up now and you’ll receive the free Twin Leaf Baby Blanket Pattern (if you haven’t already!)

Also stay tuned for some exciting changes on the blog. I mentioned earlier that I’m quickly approaching the 2 year anniversary of PaintingLilies and as a birthday present, the site is getting a re-designed look! When I launch the new look, we’ll have some give-aways and contests to celebrate the 2 year birthday.


There has been some confusion about how to access the pattern. If you’re a member of Ravelry, you can access my project and notes (Basketweave Blanket on Ravelry) or the original pattern (Reveresable Basketweave Blanket) .

I didn’t make a formal PDF write-up for this pattern since I didn’t create it, but the basic instructions are below.

Using size 7 circular needles and CottonEase yarn, CO 180
Seed stitch for 6 rows
(The blanket has a border of seed stitch)
Rows 1-6: 6 seed stitch (knit 6, purl 6)* to last six stitches, 6 seed stitch
Rows 7-12: 6 seed stitch (purl 6, knit 6)* to last six stitches, 6 seed stitch
Repeat 22 times
Six rows of seed stitch
Bind off

93 Responses to basketweave blanket

  1. Areianna says:

    I’m a beginner knitter, and though this blanket doesn’t look very complicated or difficult to do, I’m learning that any knitting project takes a certain amount of patience.
    This is a shout-out to Just Linda: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!! XD

  2. Lindsay says:

    This is perfect for beginners, Areianna! Happy knitting!

  3. Diane says:

    This is my first big knit project, Im as green as can be(learning as I go) but I am determined to teach myself and make this for my bff and her future baby coming in November. I hope I gave myself enough time, hehe!
    Is this the simplest baby blanket to make? I would like a an extremely soft and durable(machine washable) yarn since it is for a new born, it the Cottonease the best option?
    Thank you! Loving this blog!!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Diane, this is a really simple blanket to make and is a great beginner project. I think November is plenty of time! Cottonease is a very durable yarn and one of my favorite synthetic / cotton blends because it’s washable and comes in beautiful colors. But really, any machine washable yarn would work well for this so feel free to pick your favorite.

  5. Amarea says:

    If I wanted to make this for an adult size, any idea how many stitches to cast on?

  6. Lindsay says:

    I’m not really sure how many you’d have to cast on. It would depend on the gauge you’re using and how big you want it to be. I’d use the dimensions and gauge for this and just double or triple the stitches depending on how long you want it to be.

  7. melissa says:

    Did I miss the number of skeins needed for this project? I think… i might try it. :)

  8. Lindsay says:

    It depends on how big you want it to be, but I used 5 skeins.

  9. Christina says:

    Could you do this pattern without the border? I am trying to use two colors instead of one solid throughout and trying to envision how that would look. And I think the border would make it look weird if alternating colors. What are your thoughts/recommendations on pattern using two colors?

  10. Lindsay says:

    You can definitely do this without the border–just cast on less stitches. Are you planning to alternate colors for each row? Or each set of 6 rows? I think that would work well, but if you’re going to to do stranded knitting (holding one color to the back), it wouldn’t be reversible and might be strange for a blanket.

  11. Susan Carpenter says:

    I loved your story about Quirk. Quirk is my maiden name so the story caught my interest. How did she ever get a nickname like that?

  12. Lindsay says:

    Susan, How funny that Quirk is your maiden name! We nicknamed her Quirk because she was really quirky about having certain things exactly the way she wanted them. It was always odd things like where we placed the cleaning supplies, or the order of the books on her desk, etc.

  13. Glenda says:

    Sorry, but did you list the finished size of this cute blanket?

  14. Claudia says:

    Wonderful blog…just beginning to knit, so happy I found it! Thank you

  15. Kellie says:

    Would this pattern work if I just did a knit stitch border? Seed stitch is still a little tricky for me. lol

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  17. Debbie says:

    Just finished this baby afghan. I am a beginning knitter, this was my first major project. This project turned out so well, I have all my friends in my knitting group starting on this pattern now! Love, LoVe, LOVE! Thank you … on to another Painting Lilies pattern :)

  18. Lindsay says:

    I’m so glad you liked the pattern! Thanks for your kind comment.


  19. Karan Gross says:

    What is the finished size of this blanket?

  20. Lindsay says:

    I forgot to measure it! But I think it was around 40″…pretty good size.

  21. Adam says:

    What is the length of the needles that you used?

  22. Adam says:

    Could I knit this blanket using two different colors?

  23. Lindsay says:

    Adam, They were circular needles…I think around 16 inches. You could knit it in two colors, but I’m not sure how that would turn out since I haven’t tried it. you could switch colors after every 6 rows.

    I have seen this done where you knit with two colors while holding both strands and knitting them at the same time. You’d need to increase the needle size and decrease the number of stitches cast on since it would make the blanket bigger doing it this way.

  24. beke says:

    Lindsey, I just wanted to clarify that you repeat rows 1-12 22times. So there would be a total of 246 rows? It is beautiful, the color is stunning.

  25. Lindsay says:

    Beke, Yes, that’s correct! I hope you enjoy knitting it.

  26. Melanie says:

    Lindsay, could you please tell me what the tension is with this pretty little blanket? Thanks.

  27. Lindsay says:

    I don’t know the tension for this blanket. I made it following a pattern on Ravelry that since seems to have disappeared. Since I wasn’t creating all the details for people to follow, I didn’t even measure the final size…but it’s a pretty flexible pattern that can really be done with any type of yarn, needles, tension.



  28. stacy says:

    What color cottonease was used. I love it!

  29. lindsay says:

    Stacy, the color is Stone: (FYI–there’s a 50% sale on Craftsy right now for it!

  30. stacy says:

    Thanks! I ordered the yarn from craftsy…great savings! I can’t wait to get started.

  31. Bernie says:

    Can I knit this on two needles and what size do I need

  32. Lindsay says:

    Bernie, You could use straight needles, but I find it much easier to keep all the stitches on a circular needle. You’d probably need pretty long ones, but I’m not sure how long since I didn’t make it that way.

  33. Bek says:

    I am also new to knitting. I would like to make a 50inch x 70inch Throw from this pattern. How many stitches should I cast on? Thank you. This blanket is SO SO beautiful.

  34. lindsay says:

    Hi Bek,
    I recommend checking out the comments on this thread or on Ravelry. Quite a few people have discussed how to increase the size there. You need to check the gauge and then increase by increments of 6 stitches to get the size you’d like.

    Hope that helps!

  35. Maureem says:

    Hi thank you going to give Blanket a go.

  36. Linda says:

    Hi Lyndsey,

    You mention you used 5 skeins of yarn to make this blanket. How many ounces are in each skein, 3.5, 5?

    What would you estimate total amount of yarn to be?

  37. Lindsay says:

    Linda, it was 3.5 oz per skein.

  38. Cindy Gardner says:

    I have been looking for the perfect pattern for a baby boy that is due in August. Thanks for sharing this pattern!

  39. Joya says:

    This looks identical down to the color of the blanket I knit in 2010 for my youngest son!

  40. Christine says:

    Hi Lindsay! I am a beginner knitter and am knitting this for my sister’s baby, due in Nov! Thanks for sharing. I have a question for you – what is your preferred method of joining yarn for this particular blanket? I got some acrylic yarn, and I am worried if I just knit in the new one, it will be too obvious.

  41. Sue says:

    Help please! I’m totally new at this. Daughter due in 6 months and it will probably take me that long. Only knitted squares before.

    Somewhere saw a pattern here to cast on 236 stitches and wanted to check it but now can’t find it. Bit confused about how to go from Row 11 on.

    Thank you.

  42. Lindsay says:

    You can cast on more stitches in an increment of 6 if you want the blanket to be bigger. Otherwise, after row 12 you repeat rows 1-12 until it’s the size you want.

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