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Thursday, July 3, 2008

How to Crochet -- Basket Weave stitch

Are you ready for a new crochet stitch? The Basket Weave Stitch is great for a full size afghan done in worsted weight yarn, or for a baby blanket done in sport weight. It has nice texture and turns out to be very warm and cozy. The stitch itself is just double crochet stitches done around the posts of the stitches in the previous row alternating from the front and from the back. It is one of my favorite stitches to use for a big project because once you have the pattern set, you really don't have to think about it. Here's how to do it and some pictures of the afghan I have in progress using the basketweave stitch...

Stitch the beginning chain in a multiple of six, then add four more chain stitches. For example, my sample chain is 18+4 stitches, but my full size afghan chain was something in the neighborhood of 210+4. You would make it however long you want the width of your piece to be, as long as the number is a multiple of six plus four extra chain stitches.

For the first row, work one double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook as shown above. Continue across the row working a double crochet into each chain stitch.

This is what your first row will look like.

Chain two and turn. Row 2: Skip the first double crochet of the previous row. Work a double crochet around the post from the front by yarning over and then inserting your hook between posts of the first and second double crochets from the front to the back, then bringing your hook forward between the second and third double crochets as shown above. In this way, you pick up the post of the second double crochet from the front. Draw up a loop of yarn and finish your double crochet as usual. Do this with the next two stitches as well so you have three double crochets made around the posts from the front.

Next, yarn over and insert your hook from the back in the space before the next stitch as shown above.

Then bring your hook to the back of your work after the next stitch so that you have captured the post of the next stitch from the back. Continue the double crochet as usual. Work two more double crochet stitches in this manner so that you have three double crochets made around the post from the back.

Continue across the row, working three double crochets around the post from the front then three from the back until you get to the end of the row. Work one double crochet into the top of the turning chain. Chain two and turn.

This is what your piece will look like from one side after the first row of the pattern is worked.

And this is what it will look like from the other side. You can see the opposite effect already taking shape in the pattern.

I find that the hardest part of making an afghan or any piece really is establishing the pattern in the first four or five rows. Until I have at least that many rows worked, I really don't have much to hold on to and there isn't a lot of weight to hold the piece down. So don't give up too early on a new piece. It gets easier after the pattern is established and there is some weight to the work!

Row 3: Work the same as row 2. Always skip the last double crochet of the previous row since the turning chain is already worked in that. Work three double crochets around the posts from the front, then three from the back until you get to the end of the row. Double crochet into the top of the turning chain from the previous row. Chain two and turn.

This is what your piece will look like after the third row.

Rows 4 and 5 are worked using the same method except that you begin with three double crochets worked around the post from the back and continue alternating across the row. This is what makes the basket weave effect.

Continue working rows 2 through 5 until your piece is as big as you want it, then finish it off with any kind of border you like.

This is what your piece will look like after working a few more rows.

And this is the other side. I like this stitch for an afghan because it really doesn't have a right or wrong side like with some stitches.

This view shows you the texture this stitch has once you get it going. It creates almost a double layer by having the stitches worked around the posts instead of into the tops of the stitches. Very cozy!

This is a close-up of the afghan I am working on right now for a friend of mine. I chose Red Heart worsted weight yarn in Ranch Red. I thought it would show off the pattern quite well, and I am happy with the result. When it is the size I want it to be, I will finish it off with one round of single crochet just to stabilize the edges and give it a more finished look.

And here it is in all its unfinished glory! I was hoping to have it finished before the hot weather arrived here in New England, but my timing was a little off! I work on it when we have a cool evening, but I am afraid it won't have a chance of actually getting finished until our beautiful fall weather rolls around again. That's OK though, because there is no deadline for this project!

What's your favorite stitch to use for an afghan?

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  • Hello,

    Stunning! Congratulations!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 29, 2009 at 4:42 PM  

  • I absolutely love this afghan...i looked it up under google images...out of all i seen this is the one im going to make..thank you for posting your afghans for others to view and try!

    By Anonymous Jamie, At January 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

  • Hello Mary Grace,

    Thanks for all of the patterns and tips that you share on your blog here.

    I was wondering, how much yarn did it take to make this particular afghan. I'm really hoping to try this stitch out soon. Your directions are clear and makes me feel confident I might be able to do it.

    About your question. My current favorite crochet stitch is the woven stitch. I found out about it from your blog(Thank you!!) actually and love the way it looks.

    By Anonymous Crocheting Mom, At January 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

  • Hi Crocheting Mom! Hooray, another vote for woven stitch as a favorite! I do love that stitch. But this basketweave stitch is pretty cool too, if you are looking for a thicker afghan. I don't remember how much yarn this one took to finish, but I would guess probably somewhere around 7 or 8 of the big skeins of Red Heart, maybe even 9 or 10. It's been a while since I made that one, but I'm pretty sure I bought some number of skeins and then just crocheted until I ran out. You can always buy more than you think you'll need, save the receipt, and return whatever you don't use. I've done that before too!

    I am planning on doing a video tutorial on this basketweave stitch soon, so be on the lookout for that!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At January 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

  • Hello again Mary Grace,

    Thanks for the prompt reply. I will be on the lookout for the video. But, I've been anxious to try out this stitch for some time, and don't know how much longer I can hold out(LOL).

    Thank you again!

    Kindest regards.

    By Anonymous Crocheting Mom, At January 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

  • Dear Mary Grace,

    Many thanks to you for sharing this. I decided it would be wiser, after reading others. To make a swatch, dishcloth first before attempting an afghan.

    Your instructions are very clear. I'm making a dishcloth right now as a matter of fact. Also wanted to thank you for the encouragement of not to give up before the 4-5 rows. But honestly I found your instructions so clear I was able to almost get the pattern by the 3rd row.

    Well just wanted to thank you, as I've been wanting to try this stitch for some time, but, felt a bit intimidated.

    I hope I never tire of this hobby!!

    Many thanks to you!

    Crocheting Mom

    By Anonymous Crocheting Mom, At April 10, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

  • This is awesome! I really want to try it. I am working on scarves for Christmas and my very first afghan, all double crochet (for afghan) and in rows of 3, each row a different color. :o) I am able to use my left overs from scarves, plus add a little color. :o)
    Hope you are having a great week.
    Sincerely, Trish

    By Blogger trish, At March 16, 2011 at 2:59 PM  

  • Thank you so much for sharing your instructions. This is a very pretty stitch, and the directions were very clear and helpful. I already know I will use this stitch very often. (Scarves, afghans, baby blankets,...)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM  

  • I just want to give you a HUGE THANK YOU!!! I have watched a video several times, had 2 people try and explain (over and over) to me how to 'get' this stitch that I have been trying to do for about a week now. It wasn't until about an hour ago, and this blog, that I am able to tell you I have several rows now and it looks EXACTLY like yours!! I am so utterly excited and cannot thank you enough!! God Bless You~you certainly have me!! PEACE

    By Blogger Unknown, At October 16, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

  • This is a beautiful afghan! I am looking for a solid pattern to use to make my son and daughter in law an afghan for Christmas... Do you remember the length of the afghan you made with Ranch Red? I appreciate hearing it was 9 or 10 skeins and start with a chain 211. I am going to use two colors of Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted (beach and toasted marshmallow)... I imagine the 100gm or 3.5 ounce skins of Everyday Worsted with be about 1/2 of the amount of the Ranch Red so think I will need twice as many...

    Thank you for the great tutorial for the basketweave stitch.


    By Blogger Denise, At November 9, 2011 at 9:57 PM  

  • I'm going to use a larger hood and make this pattern a scarf and maybe a hat later.

    By Blogger Issy's Divine Creations, At January 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

  • Hi! Just wanted to thank you for making this tutorial amazingly easy to follow. I just learned to crochet 4 days ago, and after making a dog dress, decided to make a baby/toddler blanket for my new niece (due in March). I was undecided what stitch to learn for it but when I saw this,I knew the basket weave was the one! It's coming along great, the only downside - I don't want to stop! :) Thanks again!

    By Blogger Jessica, At December 6, 2012 at 3:01 AM  

  • Twice now I have copied & pasted this document into my office program on my iPad. Then I had to space things so I could copy & paste the pictures in the document. I saved after each step so I didn't lose anything. Both times the document looked good and seemed to save fine, but each time I tried to open it there was an error and would not open.....so frustrating. All I wanted to do was save it as a PDF and put it in my crochet folder in iBooks!

    By Blogger I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS - HAVE NO CHOICE, At January 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM  

  • So sorry this has been so frustrating for you and I wish I could contact you directly, but you have posted no contact information. If you email me directly, I will see if I can help you.

    hookedonneedles @ gmail . com


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At January 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM  

  • Thanks for the pattern. I made a scarf for my dad and blogged about it on www.gigisquilts.blogspot.com. I also put a link to your tutorial.

    By Blogger Gingerbread Girl, At December 12, 2013 at 3:33 AM  

  • I made a kingsize afghan using your instructions. It came ot beautiful. My husband uses an electric blanket but the afghan suffices for me it is so heavy. Thanks for sharing.

    By Anonymous Mpm, At May 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM  

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