Several people have asked me to write down the pattern for the basketweave scarves I made for the Red Scarf Project, and specifically to clarify how I did the edges.
Because I did it the way I often do things -- that is, just DO it, without thinking about it -- I could not remember, when pressed, exactly how I had made that nice edge. So I had to sit down and start another one, writing down every step so that I could convey it clearly.
Here it is.
Soft worsted-weight yarn, about 360 yards (I used Cascade 220, and I'm only estimating at the yardage, but this pattern is very economical with the yarn. It took less than two skeins of 220 to get a 6-inch by 64-inch scarf.)
Size US8 needles
Cast on 30 stitches to make a scarf approximately 6 inches wide. (Make the scarf wider or narrower by increasing or reducing in multiples of 4. Always add 2 stitches to your number for the selvedge edge. The blocks of stitches on either end are composed of 5 stitches; the others are composed of 4.)
Row 1: With yarn in front, slip 1st stitch as if to purl; put yarn in BACK.
K4. P4 K4 across until you reach last stitch. K1
Row 2: Hold yarn in FRONT. Slip 1st stitch as if to purl. Keep yarn in front.
P4. K4 P4 across until you reach last stitch. Put yarn in BACK, K1.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: (You are switching here from a knit block to a purl block first, to begin the change which will result in the basketweave pattern.) Repeat Row 2
Row 6: Repeat Row 1
Row 7: Repeat Row 2
Row 8: Repeat Row 1
And then start the sequence all over again.
This pattern is a super-easy, super-fast knit, which results in a fabric that is the same on both sides. I maintain that it grows faster than many other scarf patterns, because the fabric it creates is so flat, but maybe that's just me. You've done a 60-inch scarf that is unisex and lovely and soft and highly suitable for the Red Scarf Project in no time at all!
This pattern greatly benefits from a light steam blocking.