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How To Crochet a Basket Weave Stitch

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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:

Abbreviations (UK/AUS)
Chain Stitch (ch)
Treble Crochet (tr)
Front-Post Treble Crochet (fptr)
Back-Post Treble Crochet (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

Row 2
tr in the 4th ch from the hook
tr in all ch across (48st)
ch2, turn

First treble crochet in the fourth chain stitch from the hook

Treble crochet across the row

Row 3
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
ch2, turn

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.

Row 6
Skip first tr, *4 bptr, 4 fptr; repeat from * to the end of the row (48 tr)
tr in the remaining tr
ch2, turn

Repeat for rows 7-8

Successful basket weave!

Repeat Rows 3-8 until desired length

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.


Want to learn more about crochet? Why not join one of Classie's Crochet for Beginners courses in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, or Perth?

If you already know the basics, and are looking for friends to crochet with, check out the Classie Crochet Groups in your nearest city.
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I watched the tutorial and can now Basket weave. Thank you.

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