I love the way simple knit and purl stitches combine in this pattern to look like real basket weaving. This basket weave stitch is a reversible stitch, and the back of the pattern looks exactly like the front, so there is no right or wrong side to the afghan. I added a simple garter stitch border on all four sides.
I found this pattern in a book of knitting stitches that was given to me as a gift. The book has hundreds of different knitting and purl pattern stitches that can be used for any project… but the instructions lack specific information about gauge or yarn or needle size because these patterns are intended for use in many different types of projects. I made this particular afghan with my usual size 10 1/2 or 11 circular needles and worsted weight yarn. I don’t remember how many stitches I used, but I made a swatch of the eighteen rows in the pattern above first, measured it, and then figured out how many repeats of the pattern I needed to make the size afghan I wanted to make. This is not a difficult pattern as long as you pay close attention to the commas, brackets, and semi-colons… and which row you’re currently working on. A magnetic strip to mark the current row makes following a multi-row pattern like this much easier.