The basket weave stitch is one of my absolute favourites to use in crochet. It makes a nice, dense pattern that gives your project a little extra solidity — perfect for make containers, or covers for cases and the like.
For this pattern, you will need to know the following stitches:
Chain Stitch (ch)
Treble Crochet (tr)
Front-Post Treble Crochet (fptr)
Back-Post Treble Crochet (bptr)
FPTR and BPTR These stitches are vital to the pattern, so here's a quick YouTube tutorial on how to do both.
Note: The video uses US terminology (US double crochet = AUS/UK treble crochet). See this post for more on the differences between US and AUS/UK terminology.
Row 1: Foundation Chain
Depending on the width of your project, the number of chain stitches in your foundation row will be calculated in multiples of 8, plus 4. This is because the basket weave stitch works in groups of 8 (4 front, 4 back) stitches; the extra 6 stitches is to accommodate for the height of the row.
A chain of 52 makes 6 sets of 8, with an additional 4 stitches.
Chain of 52
tr in the 4th ch from the hook
tr in all ch across (48st)
First treble crochet in the fourth chain stitch from the hook
Treble crochet across the row
Skip first tr, *fptr in the next 4st, bpsc in the next 4st; repeat from * to the end of the row (48 tr)
tr in the remaining ch
Repeat for rows 4-5
4 FPTR, 4 BPTR across the row
You should start seeing the basket weave pattern taking shape. There should be three rows of alternating front-back-front-back stitches in groups of four, making each “box” a rectangle of 4 stitches in width, and 3 in height.
Then we reverse the order, to get the “weaving” effect in the pattern. This means that, wherever you see a FPTR, you will do a BPTR, and vice versa.
Skip first tr, *4 bptr, 4 fptr; repeat from * to the end of the row (48 tr)
tr in the remaining tr
Repeat for rows 7-8
Successful basket weave!
Repeat Rows 3-8 until desired length
Notes A great thing about this pattern is that you can adjust the size of the weaving effect very easily. All you have to do is determine how many "boxes" you want across one row, how tall you want them to be, and then calculate how many foundation chain stitches you'll need from there.
Popular sizes include:
3 stitches (width) x 2 rows (height)
4 stitches (width) x 3 rows (height)
4 stitches (width) x 4 rows (height)
It doesn't hurt to try out a few different variations to see which one gives the best basket weave effect for your project.