Crochet Thursday: The Basketweave Stitch

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Crocheting, Knitting | Comments


The crochet basketweave stitch is sets of front and back post double crochet stitches that creates a fabric with a woven texture. It’s a wonderful stitch to use for crocheting scarves, blankets and washcloths.

Crocheted Basketweave Stitch Photo via Craftsy member Ambassador Crochet

At first glance the fabric looks complicated, but it’s really very easy to create! Here’s how to do it:

Abbreviations

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

fpdc: front post double crochet – yo, place hook around the front of the post of the st you are working, yo and pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops.

bpdc: back post double crochet – yo, place hook around the back of the post st you are working, yo and pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops.

If these and other crochet abbreviations look like a foreign language to you, check out our handy crochet abbreviation guide here.

 

Hand Holding Crochet Work, Three Strands on NeedleWork dc around the back of the post

Let’s get started

This stitch is done using a multiple of 6 stitches plus 4. For my swatch, I chained 16 using worsted weight yarn. For a scarf, you might want to try chaining 28 or 34.

Row 1: Dc in the 4th chain from hook, dc in all chain sts across. When you get to the end of your row, ch 2 and turn.

Close Up on Stitch: ch2 and Turn

Row 2: Skip the first dc, *fpdc in next 3 sts, bpdc in next 3 sts; repeat from * to the end of your row, dc in top chain of turning chain from the row below, ch 2, turn.

Continuing the Stitch - Skipping

Continuing the Stitch - Turning

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

Row 4: Skip first dc, *3 bpdc, 3 fpdc; repeat from * to end, dc in top ch of turning ch from row below, ch 2, turn.

Row 5: Repeat row 4.

Work Rows 2-5 until your fabric is the desired length.

Close Up View of Basketweave Stitch

Try this new stitch out with the Preemie Basketweave Afghan Pattern by Ambassador Crochet, the Basket Weave Beanie Hat Pattern by Crochet by Jennifer, or the Crochet Modius Shadow Pattern by MiCrocknit Creations.

To keep growing your crochet skills, check out the Craftsy classes Crochet: Beyond Rectangles with Linda Permann or Crochet Lab: Basic Techniques & Patterns with Vicki Howell. Just starting out? You may enjoy our beginning crochet tutorial.

Be sure to come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow. It’s our favorite day of the week: Free Pattern Friday!

I like to use this stitch on scarves to make a quick gift for my brother and father. What might you try this stitch on?

Comments

  1. Verpmica Przybyla says:

    I am going to try to make a broomstick lace shawl for my grand daughters wedding in February and hopefully will have sucess, thanks for the info, very explicit directions, I hope I can do as well, thanks again

  2. I’d like to make a rug using jute, and the basketweave stitch, but also want to have a border around it with the basket weave inside. I’d like to include the border with the pattern, so I don’t have to go around and pick up stitches on the side. If I used single crochet as the border…say I have 6 rows for the bottom, but also want to have 6 rows for the sides…how would I jump from the 6 single crochets on the side to the start of my basketweave, then jump off for the last single crochets on the other side for the border?