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Old 01-06-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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Ribbing and basket stitch
I was looking at the Basket Stitch video - the one where the finished pattern is all bumpy because there is a purl above each knit, and a knit above each purl. It said to make sure you had an even number of stitches, so that the knit-purl pattern would alternate.

but...if I start with a knit, work 10 (even number) then I end in purl. when I start the next row with a knit stitch again, that means I'll be knitting the purl's and purling the knit's, which is ribbing...right?

Am I just thinking about this wrong? Or did I misunderstand the video? I wanted to use this technique for a patchwork pillowcase i'm making (each color square is a different pattern).

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:34 PM   #2
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Where is the basket stitch video - on this site? Or do you mean seed stitch? If you use an even number you would start the alternate row with a purl, the same stitch you ended the previous row with.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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but...if I start with a knit, work 10 (even number) then I end in purl. when I start the next row with a knit stitch again, that means I'll be knitting the purl's and purling the knit's, which is ribbing...right?
Well, I have not attempted the basket stitch, but when I was first learning ribbing, I assumed that you always started with a knit and ended with a purl. I was working a pattern that was 34 stitches in 2x2 ribbing, and although I was following the directions correctly, I realized that although it was an integer of 2, it was also a multiple of 4 + 2 (32 stitches + 2 stitches), and I needed to alternate between starting with a knit and a purl. 10 is also a multiple of 4 + 2 (4 + 4 +2), and I think that it might have to do with that; this would mean any multiple of 4 + 2 would cause a pattern of pairs of knit and purl, plus 1/2 pair. Here's a visual chart of multiples of 2 versus multiples of 4 + 2:

Multiple of 2 stitches
KKppKKpp or KpKpKpKp - always ends in the opposite of the starting stitch

Multiple of 4 + 2 stitches
KKppKKppKK or KpKpKpKpKp - only sometimes ends in the opposite of the starting stitch

So, even though both multiple of 2 stitches and multiple of 4 + 2 stitches are even numbers, the multiple of 4 + 2 can throw off the intended pattern



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Sorry, I don't know if I made that explanation clear or if I lost you....I might not posses the ability to explain what I'm trying to say in a clear and understandable manner (I hated math until I started knitting, so I have no skills whatsoever when it comes to correctly defining what I am thinking lol).

If I did in fact confuse you, may I ask you how many stitches you're working with, and whether you're supposed to knit the knits and purl the purls, or vice versa? I'm pretty sure you said you're supposed to knit the knits and purl the purls, and that you're working with 10 stitches, but I just want to make sure.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:36 PM   #5
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It kind of sounds like you're mentioning a seed stitch. With a seed stitch, you would go k1, p1 until the end of the row, then the next row, you would purl the knit and knit the purl. Basketweave is a stitch pattern that resembles a weaving pattern that you see on like the wooden baskets you can buy in the store. So, yeah, if you're doing the seed stitch, that's correct. K1, p1 to the end, then turn and purl the knit and knit the purl.
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