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Classic basket stitch pattern in knitting

The earliest publication of basket stitch that I have found is this one from 1870, although I’m sure it has been handed down via newspapers, samplers and tradition for a long time before that. It’s a favourite of mine for knitting baby blankets and afghans, worked in worsted weight yarns or Aussie 12 ply thickness.

I’ve taken the instructions from 1890, written them in modern terms and charted them for today’s knitters.

Enjoy, Basket Pattern (Basket Stitch)

Sarah

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