Yarn: Lion Brand Woolease Thick & Quick. 10 -170gm balls. (I used Taupe)
Needles: 9mm (US 13) use long circulars as the weight and size will be too heavy for straights. I used my Denise set.
Cast on 100 sts.
Seed stitch for 6 rows. (row one: Knit 1, Purl 1, repeat across. Row 2: Knit the purls and purl the knits)
Establish basket weave pattern (place markers -PM- until you have the blocks really set)
Row one: Seed stitch the first 5 stitches, PM, knit 18, PM, purl 18, PM, knit 18, PM, purl 18, PM, knit 18, PM, seed stitch last 5 stitches.
Row two and every even row, seed stitch the first and last 5 stitches, and knit the knits, or purl the purls in all the squares!
Work rows one and two for 24 rows, then on the right side:
Seed stitch 5, Purl 18, knit18, purl 18, knit18, purl 18, seed stitch 5. (this reverses the knit and purl blocks and creates the basketweave effect)
continue with wrong side, knitting the knits and purling the purls as newly established.
Work this block for 24 rows, then switch again.
You should be maintaining the seed stitch border all along, and just swicthing the 18 stitch blocks when they are about square (see photo). I did this for seven block rows (you can do it for as long as you want) and then finish with 6 rows of seed stitch right across, then cast off all stitches.
Weave in all the loose ends, and go have a nap on the sofa under this beauty - you have earned it!