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Monday, October 6, 2008

Crocheted Basketweave Afghan Finished

Early in the spring, I started crocheting an afghan which I had hoped to finish before the warm weather arrived. That was not to be though, and it sat there all through the warm summer months, only getting a few minutes attention now and then when the evening temperatures dropped enough to make it tolerable to have all that coziness sitting on my lap. Finally the cool weather returned here to beautiful New England and just the other night I finished the afghan. Hip hip hooray!

This afghan is crocheted entirely in Basketweave Stitch with a simple single crochet border around the edge to finish it off.

Here are a few pictures of it before I wrapped it up to send off to my old friend out in Kansas City, Missouri:

Crocheted Basketweave AfghanHere you can see what an interesting design and texture the Basketweave stitch gives to the afghan. It is entirely double crochet, stitched around the post from the front three times and then from the back three times, which gives it the Basketweave effect, so it was easy to crochet. I like projects where, once I have the pattern established, I don't have to look at the instructions. This is that type of pattern.

I also insist on using a stitch for an afghan that is the same on the front and the back. The Basketweave Stitch in crochet is reversible so the front and back are the same.

Crocheted Basketweave AfghanHere you can see the very simple Single Crochet border that I put around this afghan. This gives the border a nicely finished look and also provides an easy way to catch in all those loose ends on the edge from where the new skeins were added on. The process of adding a new skein is described in my article on how to change colors, but adding a new skein of the same color uses the same method. By doing this border and crocheting over the loose ends at the same time, I only had the final tail of yarn to weave in when I was finished. That's my kind of finish work!

Crocheted Basketweave AfghanAnd here it is, crocheted with love and ready to be wrapped up and mailed to an old friend.

In making this afghan, I used eight 7-ounce skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Ranch Red.

I have already started working on an afghan, using Red Heart Easy Tweed in Pistachio green, which will be a wedding gift to my niece who is getting married in November. I have chosen a new stitch called Close Scallops that I really like and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you in a video tutorial very soon.

Don't forget to enter my fall giveaway by October 14th for a chance to win a very nice pincushion bag and other fall goodies. Good luck!

Happy Stitching!

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    Now you make me want to make one as well. Your instructions make it sound so easy. I'd never felt encouraged before until reading your post here.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 7, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

  • Are there. Instructions saying how to get started? How many to chain, etc? I am a very novice crocheter!


    By Anonymous Camille, At December 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM  

  • Hi Camille, there is a link to the tutorial for the basketweave stitch provided towards the top of the article, but here is the link to it: http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2008/07/how-to-crochet-basket-weave-stitch.html. If you read through the tutorial, it tells you how to get started.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At December 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM  

  • What size hook did you use for the basked weave afghan pattern


    By Blogger Unknown, At May 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM  

  • Hi Annette, thanks for writing! Use whatever size hook is recommended for the yarn you are using. If it makes a loose fabric, try a smaller hook. If it makes a tight fabric, try a larger hook. It all depends on your own personal tension and how tight you like your stitches to be.

    Hope this helps!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At May 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM  

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