When you feel like you’re becoming a basket case, do some basket weave! If you’re stressed out and need to find something cheap, easy and relaxing to do, crochet yourself a nice basket weave afghan. The steady reliable rhythm of the pattern will calm you down and keep you from becoming a basket case. You don’t have to make a big afghan if you don’t want to. You can make yourself a nice set of place mats or whatever else you can dream up.
Why basket weave stitch?
The basket weave pattern is the most fun using my favorite stitch, double crochet. It creates a nice cozy solid fabric that’s great for afghans if you live in a cold climate. That’s how I got hooked on basket weave crochet. I needed an afghan that was pretty, fun to make and didn’t have a lot of holes or spaces for heat to escape. My basket weave afghan got so much use that I wore it out. I no longer have it, but I sure got a lot of use out of it!
These how-to instructions are for double crochet basket weave. If you don’t know how to double crochet, you can learn here. If you already know how to double crochet, you’re halfway to basket weaving! It’s that simple!
Let’s get started!
To learn the pattern, we’ll start with chain(ch) 24.
Skip the first 3 chains and double crochet in each remaining chain. Chain 3, turn.
Next, we will skip the first stitch and double crochet around the front post of the next stitch (front post double crochet (fpdc)). This sounds complicated, but once you do it, it will make sense. Instead of working in the top of the stitch, insert your hook behind the stitch horizontally from right to left. It’s like you’re weaving your hook between the stitches.
Now yarn over hook like an ordinary double crochet stitch.
Pull the yarn back under and out from under the stitch.
Now yarn over and work off the loops 2 at a time like an ordinary double crochet.
You’ve now made one front post double crochet!
Now, repeat that 2 more times!
Next, we’ll make 3 back post double crochets (bpdc). Instead of your work facing you, hold your work so you can see the back side of it. Insert your hook behind the next stitch and push it back out. This is exactly like the front post double crochet stitches you just made only working from the other side of your work.
Yarn over hook like an ordinary double crochet stitch.
Now pull the hook and yarn back out from under the post of the stitch.
Yarn over hook and work the loops off the hook 2 at a time like an ordinary double crochet stitch.
You’ve made one back post double crochet stitch!
Now make 2 more in the next 2 stitches.
Now, continue 3 fpdc, then 3 bpdc until the end of your row. Double crochet in the last stitch. Ch 3, turn.
For the next row, skip the first stitch and front double crochet in the next 2 stitches. Then continue the 3 bpdc, 3 fpdc pattern until the end of the row and double crochet in the last stitch. The goal is to alternate the stitch pattern, so you’re creating the basket weave look. See below:
Here’s a fun patch of basket weave:
Have fun with your basket weave stitches! Once you get into the rhythm the last thing you’ll feel like is a basket case!