Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch in this step-by-step video tutorial. The basket weave stitch is modern, beautifully textured and perfect for crochet afghans and blankets.
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Last week I shared the Lineage Lapghan free basketweave afghan pattern, so I thought it would only make sense to share a quick video tutorial on how to crochet the basket weave stitch for all us visual learners.
I was intimidated by the basketweave stitch for so long--I even tried and failed on multiple attempts. Then during a quick 10pm phone call, my mom quickly explained it and everything clicked into place in my mind, hook and hands.
Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn creates a gorgeous texture for the basketweave stitch. For this swatch, I sized up to an M hook to create a beautiful softness and drape.
In the video below, I explain everything you need to know about how to crochet the basket weave stitch, but in case you're a skim and pin for later kinda crocheter (me too!), here's the cliff notes on the basketweave stitch. You can find the full written "pattern" instructions below the video.
• The first stitch of each row is not worked into the last dc of the the previous row. It's worked into the second-to-last dc of the previous row. (So once you've flipped your work around for the new row, this is the second stitch in the previous row.)
• The last stitch of each row is a regular old double crochet worked into the top of the turning chain of the previous row.
• A simple way to remember how to work a front post double crochet (FPdc or dc/rf) versus a back post double crochet (BPdc or dc/rb) is that a FPdc is always worked by inserting your hook from the front of the fabric around to the back. A BPdc is worked by inserting your hook from the back of the fabric around to the front of the post.
• Pin the image below to jog your memory each time you need to crochet post stitches.
How to Crochet the Basket Weave Stitch - Video Tutorial
Important note: The conventional basketweave stitch is worked in repeats of four rows. The Lineage Lapghan uses three row repeats to create slightly more square-looking tiles. In the video, I explain the traditional four-row basket weave approach, but the same concept applies for a three row repeat if you're crocheting the Lineage Lapghan.
How to Crochet the Basket Weave Stitch - Written Instructions
Abbreviations (US Terms):
dc – double crochet
st – stitch
ch – chain
sk – skip
rs – right side
ws – wrong side
tch – turning chain
rep – repeat
dc/rf – raised double crochet at the front of the fabric (also known as FPdc): Wrap yarn around hook, insert hook from in front and from right to left (or left to right for left handed crocheters) around the post of appropriate stitch and complete the stitch as usual.
dc/rb – raised double crochet at the back of the fabric (also known as BPdc): Wrap yarn around hook, insert hook from behind and from right to left (or left to right for left handed crocheters) around the post of appropriate stitch and complete the stitch as usual.
The crochet basketweave stitch is worked in any multiple of 8 + 2, and add 2 for the foundation chain. (ie. 10 x 8 = 80, 80 + 2 + 2 = 84.)
Base Row (ws): Skip 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc in each chain to end; turn.
Begin Basketweave Pattern:
Row 1 (rs): Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), skip first dc, *1 dc/rf around each of next 4 sts, 1 dc/rb around each of next 4 sts; rep from * to end, 1 dc in top of tch at end; turn.
Rows 2, 3, 4: Repeat row 1.
Row 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), sk first dc, *1 dc/rb around each of next 4 sts, 1 dc/rf around each of next 4 sts; rep from * to end, 1 dc in top of tch; turn.
Rows 5, 6, 7: Repeat row 4.
Repeat rows 1-8 as many times as you wish to create the basketweave pattern.
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