The basketweave effect on this coaster is created through self-intersection, i.e. a double-knitting technique that allows the two layers of fabric to pass through one another (both horizontally and vertically) to create a pattern. A provisional cast-on and a special jogless intersecting kitchener bind-off also mean that the fabric is continuous around every edge, making it one single massive self-intersecting plane! How geeky can you get?
Not only that, but the provisional cast-on also ‘kitcheners’ itself together, requiring only a little adjustment to tighten up the stitches at the end.
Another interesting fact is that I didn’t have to purl a single stitch - all of the purl stitches you can see are only visible due to the intersecting effect. It’s completely identical on both sides, and to top it all off, it’s perfectly square :-)
The fabric is very thick and sturdy (ideal for hot items) yet still quite pliable, and is perfectly balanced so no blocking is required. And it looks awesome!
Photo 1 shows the kitchenered edge; photo 2 shows the cast-on edge; photos 3 and 4 show how the fabric continues seamlessly around the sides.
Pattern is now available as a free download.