Basket Weave Crochet Stitch

March 1, 2013Allison Murray
Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

The first exposure I had to this crochet stitch was in a goodwill in west Texas last summer. There was an afghan that had seen better days but the pattern was absolutely mesmerizing. I looked at it from a distance because my Mimmie informed me that if I didn’t want to take bed bugs home I wouldn’t be jacking with anything made of fabric. I asked her what kind of a stitch it was and she told me a “a nasty one”.

Since I was playing chauffer to Momma and Mimmie I didn’t have an opportunity to really think about it too much, but on the many, many hours of drive back to Oklahoma I Googled on my phone with a fierce determination to find out how to replicate what I had seen. Although I now know it is a basket weave I had no idea what to call it. Isn’t it so much fun to search for something you have no clue the name of? Love it! (not really)

So I found a pic in image search and I spent 7+ hours trying to duplicate what I saw on my phone’s screen. It was rather frustrating but in the end, I made it work. When I got a good deal going Momma said, it looks like a basket weave! I was then able to find a proper tutorial and learned that I wasn’t doing it that way, but since it worked out for me, I’m sharing it here!

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Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

This stitch looks best when it is kind of loose, which isn’t easy for a tight hooker like me. I’m most comfortable working a G but I bump it up to an H so that my stitches are naturally a bit looser than normal. I’d definitely recommend working with a hook or two bigger than your usual.

If you look at the pattern in a pic above you can see that it looks like squares of four stitches alternating vertically and kind of horizontally. That makes each set have 8 stitches.

So chain in multiples of 8 + one more chain. Double crochet in the fourth chain from the hook (the first three act as our first double) and continue down the length of your chain. Before moving on, double check that you do have a multiple of 8 double crochets.

Chain twice to act as our first double crochet (our next row of stitches will be shorter than normal, you’ll see why only 2 instead of the normal 3 as you start working)

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

When working this stitch we are going to be going in front of and behind the posts of the double crochets we just knocked out. The arrows above are pointing to the post on one of those doubles.

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

I’m having a hard time finding good words for how to do what you need to here, but see the pic above? You’re basically pushing the hook behind the post of the second double crochet of the previous row. From this point you’re going to make a double crochet as usual.

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

Continue to double crochet behind the post for the next two stitches. Remember how the pattern is in fours? The first double crochet acts as the first in this set and the three you just made complete this section. See how it looks like you’ve extended the four crochets beneath? Pretty cool, huh?

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

Now we’re going to do the next four in front of the post. To get there you’ll push your hook through the backside of your piece and to the right of the next post (will be the fifth double crochet).

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

Take your hook and move it in front of the post and back out through the backside. Double crochet from this position. Continue on the next three posts for a total of four stitches this way.

This is definitely harder to get the hang of going in front like this, but just keep at it. The results of working the stitch this way are neat horizontal lines running across these four stitches.

It’s harder to recognize the pattern at this point, but the next two rows will fix that up.

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

Continue alternating behind the post for four.

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

And in front of the post for four. Repeating until you reach the end.

When you get to the end chain three times to act as the first double on the next row.

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

Double crochet to the end, turn and chain twice.

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

This row you’re going to work in front of the post for three (the two chains act as the first).

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

And behind the post for the next four.

Continue until you get to the end, chain three times, double crochet to the end. You’ll alternate so that you work behind the post first and then continue with the pattern.

Learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch with tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger

What do you think? I’m absolutely in love with this pattern! I have a project to share with you using it next week, so be sure to come back and check that out. Hoping your weekend plans are spectacular!


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Comments (6)

  • Erin

    March 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Love that stitch! Thanks for sharing.

    I created a crochet;/knitting linky party, feel free to link up & share the party with your friends as well!

    http://ketoews.blogspot.com/2013/02/crochetknitting-project-linky-party.html

  • Allison Murray

    March 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Thanks Erin! It is definitely my new favorite!!

  • Susan Call Hutchison

    October 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    What a great tutorial on one of my favorite stitches! I always feel like I’m getting away with something when I make something in this stitch: It has a fancy texture and added bulk that makes it look luxurious in a soft, single-color yarn. But it is so simple, (once you’ve learned the stitch which you teach so well here) the pattern practically crochets itself — no counting, just follow the visual clues. Great job!

    1. Allison

      October 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Thanks! It is definitely one of my favorite stitches because people never believe that it is crochet and I can’t knit to save my life :)

  • Glo

    February 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Greetings from B(rrr)emidji, Mn :) while we r under the sky again of yet another wind chill advisory this winter
    season, I find ur site here & Grateful. My parents put me in crochet lessons when I was 11. I just turned 42 & have finally gotten seriious about wanting to learn how to do patterns n fun things with this craft. I was making scarves, chevrons, ripples n grannys. Then started thinkkng I needed these warmer. So Many Many Thanks for making this sooo easy to understand!! I know my fam n friends would thank you too
    I deal with fibrmualgia n insomnia from pain this timeof year. So now I can help supply my peeps with some added warmth made with love. Deeply grateful. Have a blessed day :)) <3

  • Gail

    March 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Greetings from Tasmania, Australia! Into Autumn now and the tree are starting to turn. This stitch will be very snuggly for winter scarves! Thank you :)

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