Knitting Pattern: Diagonal Basketweave Stitch

The Diagonal Basketweave Stitch is a knitting cable stitch combination that makes a richly textured fabric suitable for a wide array of projects. I’ve included both a video tutorial and the written pattern description so you can knit the way that you prefer to learn!

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Back in September, I had the opportunity to visit the home of FaveCrafts in Illinois to make some videos for Darn Good Yarn. I’m excited to share the first of these, a tutorial for the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch. If you’re new to cables, don’t worry because I will walk you through them in the video.

This stitch has a dense texture, so you’ll want to go up a needle size larger than what’s recommended for the yarn you choose. For this project, I used Darn Good Yarn Silk Roving Worsted Weight yarn, a beautiful hand dyed yarn made from recycled silk. I used the Aluminum Interchangeable Knitting Needles as both my knitting needles and as a cable needle, but you could instead use a set of Ombre Knitting Needles like those pictured on the side in the video.

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Diagonal Basketweave Stitch

Knitting Pattern with video by Underground Crafter

This stitch pattern uses alternating mini cables to create a richly textured fabric. 

Finished Size

  • Varies based on yarn weight, needle size, tension, and number of stitches cast on.


  • Smooth yarn in any weight. I used Darn Good Yarn Silk Roving Worsted Weight yarn for the samples.
  • Straight or circular knitting needles approximately 1 size larger in circumference than what is recommended for yarn weight. I used the Aluminum Interchangeable Knitting Needles as both my knitting needles and as a cable needle in the video.
  • Cable needle.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • C4B – 4-stitch right-leaning cable – Sl 2 sts to cable needle, hold cable needle at back, k2, k2 from cable needle.
  • C4F – 4-stitch left-leaning cable – Sl 2 sts to cable needle, hold cable needle at front, k2, k2 from cable needle.
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Pattern Note

  • A complete video tutorial is available at the end of the written pattern.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO any multiple of 4 sts, + 2 sts.
  • Row 1: Sl 1, k2, C4B across to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, p across.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, C4F across to last st, p1.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until desired length is reached, ending after a repeat of Row 1 or Row 3.
  • BO in pattern for Row 2.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Watch the video tutorial for the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch below. If you can’t see it in your browser, click here to watch on YouTube.

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