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Knitting the Cross Stitch/Basket Weave (Tutorial and Skinny Scarf Pattern)

Knitting
October 2010
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
US 8 - 5.0 mm
130 - 200 yards (119 - 183 m)
One Size
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This is a stitch I have been wanting to try for awhile now. It has a fun woven look to it and makes for a dense knit. The first time I read a pattern with this stitch it kinda left me scratching my head. It is not that hard but it did take me a few minutes of playing with it to figure it out. So, I’ve included step by step photos.

Gauge is not overly important here. What is important is comfortably matching your yarn to needles. I used a larger needles than I normally would for the DK weight yarn I had. Slightly looser stitches makes it easier to work this pattern.

You can add more stitches to make a wider scarf, just remember to that you need an odd number to offset the backside of the pattern.

I won this very pretty Bamboo yarn from Kitty Grrlz on a blog giveaway. I only have one skein of this colorway and needed a small project to use with it. It is so shiny, silky and smooth. The stitch definition is great and it lended itself well to trying out this cross-stitch pattern.

Since I only had a small amount of the yarn, I made a skinny scarf with it. The pattern is easy to memorize but you do need to pay attention while knitting. I can’t knit this one without looking at it.