The crochet basketweave stitch is a solid, dense, and thick stitch with a beautiful woven texture.
The building blocks of the basketweave stitch are front and back post double crochet stitches. So, before you start, it is important that you are familiar with crocheting stitches around the post.
Find a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet front/back post double crochet stitches in this tutorial HERE.
What to Crochet with the Basketweave stitch
- Scarves, cowls, and other fall/winter accessories
- Dishcloths, washcloths, and potholders
- Baskets and bags!
One Stitch, Many Basketweave Sizes
Rather than a unique stitch, with “basketweave stitch”, we refer to multiple crochet patterns. All these patterns have in common alternating front post and back post double crochet stitches and a basketweave texture.
This means that you can have basketweave patterns of different sizes with varying dimensions for the vertical and horizontal strands.
The way you do it is by changing the number of front and back post stitch repeats (vertical strands), and the number of rows (horizontal strands).
To best way to understand this is by looking at the 4 examples below.
All the samples in the picture above were crocheted using the basketweave stitch. However, you can immediately tell that they do look different!
The thing that changes is the size of the woven strands.
Mini, regular, and large Basketweave Stitch
- In the light blue sample (the swatch on the bottom in the picture above), the woven fabric is obtained by alternating one front post double crochet and one back post double crochet across each row, and switching front/back post stitches at every row. This pattern is also called mini basketweave stitch.
- In the medium blue sample (in the middle), the size of the vertical strands is larger because there are 2 front post double crochet alternated with 2 back post ones. The number of row repeats is two.
- In the dark blue sample (the top sample), the number of row repeats stayed the same, 2, but the number of alternating front/back post double crochet stitches is 3.
- In the last example below, the size of the woven textured increased to 10 stitches by 7 rows.
Notice that in order to get a squared fabric, you do not use the same number of rows as the number of alternating front and back post stitches. The reason is that double crochet stitches are tall!
In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to crochet a medium-sized basketweave stitch flat, i.e. turning your work at the end of every row.
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- Yarn of choice. For this tutorial, I used Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran
- Appropriate hook. Here, I used a 5.5-mm (I/9US, 5 UK) crochet hook.
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
- BPdc – Back Post Double Crochet
- Ch – Chain
- FPdc – Front Post Double Crochet
- Hdc – Half Double Crochet
- Sk – Skip
- Sl St – Slip Stitch
- St – Stitch
- Yo – Yarn Over
CROCHET Basketweave STITCH – free TUTORIAL
Ch a multiple of 6 plus 3 for turning.
For this tutorial, I chained (6*2)= 12+3 = 15 chains.
Dc 1 in the third ch from your hook, dc in each ch across. (14 sts)
Note that the initial ch-2 counts as a st!
Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc here and in the rest of the pattern), skip the first st (grey arrow in the picture Row 2, 1) (FPdc 3, BPdc 3) across until you have one st left, hdc 1 (work this st into the second ch of the initial ch-2).
Repeat Row 2.
Ch 2, sk the first st, (BPdc 3, FPdc 3) across until you have one st left, hdc 1 into the last st.
Repeat Row 4.
Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach your desired length.
YOU JUST LEARNED TO CROCHET THE Basketweave STITCH!
Try the basketweave stitch in a pattern!