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When I am teaching my beginning class “Crochet 101” we start with the basic stitches of the single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, etc., and other basics of the art. The students, being new to crocheting, are all pleased with their accomplishments but it is in week five that I see some real excitement in their attitudes. This is because it is the week we crochet our first pattern stitch. On week five of my class we all learn the “Basket Weave” stitch. It is the first stitch that really makes you want to run home and show your family only because although it is easy to crochet, it looks impressive.
This stitch creates a pattern that looks like a wicker basket. It is worked by crocheting the front post and back post double crochet making a fabric that is thicker and warmer then most patterns. This is a great stitch to use in afghans, scares, sweaters, pot holders and dish cloths.
There are different variations of this pattern, it can be crocheted in sets of 3, 4 or 5 stitches. The most important thing to remember is staying consistent in the amount you chose. It is not a difficult pattern as long as you follow the instructions and work your stitch in the correct place.
The stitches you will need to become familiar with are the chain stitch, double crochet, half double crochet, front and back post double crochet. So if you are a little unsure of how to execute these stitches take the time right now and familiarize yourself with them.
Are you ready? Then lets grab our hook and yarn and learn how to crochet this popular stitch.
Basket Weave Tutorial
I am chaining 28 to make the sample – but it is made in groups of three plus 2
Row 1: Dc in fourth ch from hook (3 skipped cha count as first dc) and in each ch across. (Pictured above)
This should give you 26 double crochet.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), turn, *work Fpdc around each of next 3 dc, (Pictured above)
work Bpdc around each of next 3 dc; repeat from * across to last dc, (Pictured above)
hdd in last dc. (Pictured above) (This would be in the top of the chain three)
Row 3: Ch 2, turn; * work Fpdc around each of next Bpdc, work Bpdc around each of next 3 Fpdc; repeat from * to last hdd, hdd in last hdc. (Pictured above)
Row 4 and 5: Ch 2, turn, *work Bpdc around each of the ned 3 std, work FPdc around each of the next 3 sts; repeat from * across to last hdd, hdd in last hdc. (Pictured above)
Row 6: Ch 2, turn; * work FPdc around each of the next 3 sts; work Bpdc around each of next 3 sts; repeat from * across to the last hdd, hdd in last stitch.
Repeat rows 3-6 until piece measures approximately 7 inches; from beginning ch; finish off.
Hold it out and look at it. Can you imagine an afghan worked in this stitch? The Basket Weave always brings images of a cold winter evening with me wrapped up in an afghan watching the snow fall gently outside. I know, I know, I am getting side tracked again.
I hope you enjoy adding this stitch to your repertoire of stitches. I would love to hear how you enjoyed learning this attractive and useful stitch.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.