I actually finished the petroleum basket-weave scarf before New Year’s Eve. The knitting was done a few weeks before deadline, but it was only during the holidays that I weaved in the ends. Seems like this task is one that I’ll have to get done right after knitting or the ends will just sit there, making it impossible to use the item.
As a project it was great because I made up the pattern myself and toward the end there was less wobbliness over the basket weave as well as in the selvedges of the fabric. If I had to do it all over, I’d pick a lighter yarn because this one is quite chunky. No harm done, though; winter will always arrive on my Northern latitude.
Pattern for basket weave scarf:
- Cast on 40 stitches of a mid-weight yarn (or however many stitches you like in multiples of 10).
- Usually the first needle after casting on is the wrong side of the fabric, but in this case it’s easier to make it the right side. Place a stitch marker (with a loop you can open later) or keep track of the yarn tail if you like a visual aid.
- Knit 5, purl 5. Repeat three times if you cast on 40 stitches.
- Purl 5, knit 5. Repeat until the end of the needle.
- To create the basket weave with clear edges, you need to make at least one more row than you made horizontal stitches in the “rectangle”; in this case six rows since there are five horizontal stitches per rectangle. You keep knitting the pattern above for six needles in total.
- If you want to create a taller rectangle than mine, knit two more rows so you end up with a 5 x 8 rectangle rather than 5 x 6.
- Purl 5, knit 5 for each rectangle on the front of the fabric.
- Knit 5, purl 5 on the wrong side of the fabric.
- This creates the opposite pattern or a “backwards rectangle”. Where there are knit rectangles on the front the six first rows, there will now be purl rectangles.
- Keep knitting until you run out of yarn or are satisfied with the length of your scarf.
- Weave in the loose ends and sew the scarf ends together if you want to make a cowl. This pattern is great in that both sides of the fabric end up looking the same.