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How Do I Crochet: Basketweave Stitch

By: M.E. HARRINGTON

How do I crochet the basketweave stitch? Follow this great tutorial to learn how to crochet this dense stitch. Also known as the waffle stitch, it has an interesting texture that looks like a basket.  In order to make the basketweave stitch, you will need to know the chain stitch, and the double crochet stitch. This stitch is achieved by manipulating a double crochet stitch, first in the front of the stitch of the previous row, and then in the back of the stitch. These stitches are referred to as front post stitch, and back post stitch.

 

  1. First make a foundation piece on which to make your stitches: Chain 22.


     
  2. Double crochet in the 3rd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain.


     
  3. How to do the front post stitch: Chain 2 and turn.

    Yarn over, insert the hook under the post of the next double crochet of the previous row.



    *Then yarn over, and complete a double crochet stitch.



    Repeat from * in the next 2 stitches. This gives you a total of 4 front post stitches. (The first chain 2 takes the place of the 1st double crochet.)


     
  4. How to do the back post stitch: *Insert the hook behind the next double crochet of the previous row, and complete a double crochet.

    Repeat from * for 3 more times.

     

                                                                   (4 back post stitches completed.)



    (Photo above shows the foundation row of double crochet, and one row of alternating front post and back post stitches.)

    When you arrive at the end of the row, chain 2 and turn. Repeat steps 3 and 4 throughout the construction of your project.



(You will always begin with only 3 double crochet stitches, as the chain 1 takes the place of the first double crochet. Then continuing across the row, you will alternate 4 front post stitches, and 4 back post stitches.)

YOU WILL ALWAYS BEGIN WITH THE SAME STITCH AS THE LAST 4 STITCHES OF THE PREVIOUS ROW. That means if you finished with 4 front post stitches, you will begin the next row with 4 front post stitches.



(The photo above shows two rows of alternating front post and back post stitches, plus the foundation
row of double crochet stitches.)



(Above photo shows 6 rows completed of basket-weave stitch, plus the foundation row of double crochet stitches.)

These examples were shown using a larger than usual hook to show the stitches clearly. When completed with a smaller hook, you will achieve a more dense, textured stitch.
 

Check out Emi Harrington 's designer profile and other great tutorials!


Find this pattern and more in our How Do I Crochet? 13 Basic Crochet Stitches and Free Beginner Crochet Afghan Patterns eBook.

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