Tutorial Week – Woven Basket or Basketweave stitch

This is a great stitch to learn even if it is a little fiddly.

Basketweave is a stitch pattern that relies on double crochet front and back post stitches. It requires a multiple of 6 stitches, plus 4 more stitches. For example start with 42+4=46 stitches.

If you are unsure about front post and back post stitches please see the following links:   http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-work-frontpost-doublecrochet-stitches.html                                                                                                 http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-work-backpost-doublecrochet-stitches.html

Row 1 Work 1 dc into the 4th chain from the hook then continue across the row, working 1 dc into each chain. Chain 2 and turn.                                                                                 Row 2 Skip the last dc of the previous row. Work 1 dc around the second post of the previous row. A front post stitch is made by yarning over and inserting your hook under the post of the dc. Draw up a loop and finish the dc as usual. Repeat for the next 2 stitches and posts, so there are 3 front post stitches.                                                                    Next, work a dc around the next post from the back (back post stitch) by yarning over and inserting your hook under the back post of the 5th dc. Draw up a loop and finish the dc as usual. Repeat for the next 2 stitches and posts, so there are 3 back post stitches.        Continue across the row, alternating 3 front post stitches with 3 back post stitches, until only the turning chain remains. Finish with 1 dc into the top of the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn.                                                                                                                             Row 3 Repeat Row 2, alternating 3 front post stitches with 3 back post stitches until only the turning chain remains. Finish with 1 dc into the top of the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn                                                                                                                                   Rows 4 This is where the basketweave begins to take shape! This row starts with back post stitches instead of front post stitches. Work 3 back post stitches and then 3 front post stitches, alternating until only the turning chain remains. Finish with 1 dc into the top of the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn.                                                                                        Row 5: Repeat row 4                                                                                                     Continue working Rows 2 through 5 until your piece is square. You can leave it without a border, or finish it off with a round of sc and your favourite border stitch.

Free basketweave stitch patterns:

neckwarmer Neck Warmer – Great for beginners just learning this stitch as its continuous rows, so is ideal for practicing.

1mysterybagBag – A Lovely way to use the basketweave stitch

CTAPR07_BasketPillowsPillow case – I want to make one of these myself, there are so many possibilities for colour choices and would again make a great gift for that friend or family member who has just moved into a new home.

Please let me know how you all get on with this one too

B xx

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