How to crochet basketweave stitch

Once you've mastered post stitches, then you've definitely got to try out basket weave crochet stitch!

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Basket weave crochet stitch is a fun stitch which is great for adding a lovely texture to your crochet fabrics. Although it can seem a bit daunting and confusing to start with, the crochet basket weave stitch is simpler than it looks – it’s all about clever positioning of post stitches. The result is a checkerboard-style effect, with horizontal and vertical ribs which resemble it’s namesake – basket weave! When following a pattern that uses basket weave crochet, you might find some variations to the stitch used in this tutorial (it might have more or less stitches or rows before changes), but it’s all essentially the same technique, where you use front and back post stitches in alternate sections to create a basket weave crochet pattern.

To follow this tutorial it will help if you know how to crochet post stitches. You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This how to crochet basketweave stitch tutorial is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

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You Will Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook

How to crochet basket weave stitch

Step 1

In this basket weave crochet pattern we are going to be making our pattern in an even number of blocks of 4 stitches, so you will need to make a chain length of multiples of 8 + 2 (plus an extra 3 for your turning chain).

In this example, we are starting with a ch21.

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Most basket weave crochet patterns will start with a row of normal treble stitches, so go ahead and treble into the 4th chain from your hook and in each chain along. (17tr + 3ch turning-chain)

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Step 2

Row 2 To start row 2 (which is your first row of basketweave stitch, and we will refer to this as a Right Side row), we’re going to chain 2 to make our turning chain (this does count as a treble stitch, in this pattern each row will start with a regular 2ch turning chain and a regular treble at the end to help make your sides solid – if you’re wondering why it’s a chain 2 rather than a chain 3 for these treble stitches, it’s because the nature of post stitches means the stitch is slightly further down than normal so is not quite as tall)

For your first stitch, you will make a FPtr (front post treble). To do this, wrap your yarn around hook (yrh), insert hook from the front, around the back of the post of the stitch, back out the front, then complete your treble stitch as normal – yrh, pull through stitch, yrh, pull through 2 loops, yrh, pull through 2 loops.

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You’ll notice that once you’ve made this first stitch, it will be slightly raised in a vertical way. Now continue making FPtr stitches in the next 3 stitches.

Step 3

Once you’ve made your 4FPtr stitches, we’re now going to switch to making BPtr (back post treble stitches) stitches. It’s essentially the same as a FPtr, but from the opposite direction. So, insert your hook from the back (or Wrong Side) of your work, around the front of the post of the stitch, then back out the back – and complete your treble stitch as normal.

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It’s a little tricky to see after just one stitch, but by making a BPtr you’ve made the top loops of the previous row raised in a horizontal way (this will become clearer as you do more stitches). Like before, make another 3BPtr so that you’ve made 4 in total.

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Step 4

Now just repeat what you did for a second repeat of the basketweave pattern, making another 4 FPtr stitches followed by 4BPtr stitches. When you come to the end, you will need to make a normal treble crochet stitch into the top of your starting ch3 of row 1 (this will be in the top of your ch2 on all subsequent rows)

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Step 5

Row 3 For row 3 we’re going to repeat row 2, but it’s easy to get a little confused here. Because Row 3 is a Wrong Side row and the work is flipped, even though we ended row 2 with BPtr stitches they’re now turned round, so when we work our first set of FPtr stitches the stitches on both rows will match. We’ll go through it again just to be clear. Ch2 to start the row, then FPtr in the next 4 stitches…

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…Then BPtr in the next 4 stitches….

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…and again repeat 4FPtr then 4BPtr to the end, finishing with a normal tr into the top of the turning 2-ch.

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Step 6

Row 4 Now that we’ve done 2 rows, we’re going to alternate the pattern to create the checkerboard effect of crochet basketweave. Essentially, we’re just reversing the pattern from the previous 2 rows.

So as usual, start with a ch2. Then we’re going to BPtr into the next 4 stitches…

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… then FPtr into the next 4 stitches…

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… You should be able to see that the textural pattern is starting to alternate now. As usual, just repeat to the end (4BPtr and 4FPtr) then finish with a normal treble in the top of the 2ch.

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Step 7

Row 5 Again, we’re going to repeat the last row so that we have 2 rows of the same pattern. So ch2, BPTr in next 4 stitches…

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…followed by FPtr in the next 4 stitches….

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…then repeat 4BPtr and 4FPtr to the end, as usual finishing with a regular treble in the top of the 2ch.

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And that’s how to crochet basket weave stitch. Just continue alternating the front and back post treble stitches every 2 rows.

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Basket weave crochet stitch fabric will benefit from a bit of blocking to make your edges a bit neater (if you’re new to blocking, check out our how to block crochet guide).

As we mentioned at the start, basket weave crochet stitch can have a few different variations – it may be done in blocks of 3 stitches rather than 4, or following the above method but alternating the pattern every 4 rows instead of 2.

It’s also important to keep in mind the importance of turning your work with basket weave crochet stitch. If you’re using an odd number of blocks of stitches (for example, making 5 blocks rather than 4), you will need to alternate your stitch pattern on every row, as the stitch you ended your last row on will not match the first stitch of your next row when turned. You would also need to alternate the pattern if you wanted to change on every row too.

It may seem a bit tricky at first, but once you’ve tried it out you’ll soon understand how basketweave crochet stitch works and be able to create all sorts of fun textured crochet fabrics. You can also create some interesting effects by working basket weave crochet stitch in different coloured stripes or changing colour for each block.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on how to crochet basket weave stitch, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.