How To Crochet The Basket Weave Stitch (Free Tutorial)

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In this blog post, you will see how to crochet the basket weave stitch.

This beautiful textured stitch is a popular pattern for creating various crochet fabrics. 

With its dense design, this stitch adds depth and dimension to your projects, making them stand out from the crowd. 

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll discover how to crochet the basketweave stitch with ease. 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, this tutorial is helpful and easy to follow. 

So grab your crochet hook and yarn, and let’s get started!

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How To Crochet The Basket Weave Stitch (Free Tutorial)

How To Crochet The Basket Weave Stitch

Skill Level – Basic for Beginners

Crocheting a dishcloth using the basket weave stitch is a fantastic way to create a thick, textured, and durable item for your kitchen.

The basket weave stitch involves using front post double crochets (FPDC) and back post double crochets (BPDC) to create a woven effect.

This guide will walk you through the steps to make a dishcloth with this stitch pattern.

*Grab your free printable PDF at the end of this pattern.

basket stitch crochet

The supplies you need… 

Yarn

  • Choose a medium weight cotton yarn (Size 4) for best results, as it’s absorbent, durable, and easy to wash.
  • 1 x ball of The Pima Cotton yarn from We Are Knitters.
  • This yarn is 3.5 oz/100g/232 yds/212 m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.
  • You can make two dishcloths with this amount of cotton yarn.

Hook Size

A size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook typically works well with medium weight yarn.

Notions

  • Darning needle/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Size Information

Gauge (it’s not really important for this pattern) – 15 sts/26 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches in pattern.

Finished size

  • Length = 8 inches/20 cm
  • Width = 8 inches/20 cm
crochet basket weave dishcloth

Crochet Abbreviations

The pattern is written in US crochet terms.

  • CH – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • DC – Double crochet
  • FPDC – front post double crochet – yarn over, insert hook around the post of the stitch, inserting your hook from front to back to front again, yarn over and pull through (you will have three loops on the hook), yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops
  • BPDC – back post double crochet – yarn over, insert hook around the post of the stitch, inserting your hook from back to front to back again, yarn over and pull through (you will have three loops on the hook), yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops
  • Patt – Pattern
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • Sl-St – Slip stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side
crochet basket weave stitch sample and hook

Video Tutorial

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to crochet the basket weave stitch.

Basket Weave Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern Instructions

1. Foundation Chain:

  • Start by making a slip knot and then chain a multiple of 6 plus 4 extra chains. For a standard dishcloth size, chaining 34 should work well (30 + 4 = 34).

2. Row 1:

  • Double crochet (DC) into the fourth chain from the hook and in each chain across. This creates the foundation row.

3. Row 2 (Start of Basket Weave Pattern):

  • Chain 2 (counts as the first DC). This is your turning chain. Skip the first DC.
  • Work a Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) around each of the next 3 stitches.
  • Work a Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) around each of the next 3 stitches.
  • Alternate between 3 FPDC and 3 BPDC until the end of the row.
  • 1 DC in the top of the turning chain from the row below.

4. Row 3:

  • Repeat Row 2.

5. Row 4:

  • Chain 2 (counts as the first DC). This is your turning chain. Skip the first DC.
  • Work a Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) around each of the next 3 stitches.
  • Work a Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) around each of the next 3 stitches.
  • Alternate between 3 BPDC and 3 FPDC until the end of the row.
  • 1 DC at the top of the turning chain from the row below.

6. Row 5:

  • Repeat Row 4.

Repeat rows 2-5 until your dishcloth is around 8 inches in length.

Optional Border:

  • Once you have completed the main body of the dishcloth, you can finish with a simple single crochet border around the entire edge to give it a cleaner, more finished look. Work one single crochet in each stitch around the perimeter, placing three single crochets in each corner to maintain a flat edge.

Finishing Off:

  • Cut the yarn, leaving a tail. Yarn over and pull the tail through the loop on your hook to secure it. Weave in all ends with the yarn needle.

Tips:

  • Blocking: Since the basket weave stitch can sometimes cause the fabric to pull in certain directions, you might consider blocking your dishcloth. This will relax the stitches and give your dishcloth a nice, even shape.
  • Care: Wash your dishcloth regularly. Cotton is durable and can handle frequent washing.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

What Is The Basketweave Stitch?

The “crochet basket weave” stitch closely resembles weaving in its appearance.

This stitch pattern creates a textured fabric that mimics the woven look of a traditional basket. 

The basket weave pattern is achieved by alternating front post double crochet (FPDC) and back post double crochet (BPDC) stitches in a specific pattern across rows. 

This alternating technique creates raised and recessed sections that give the illusion of woven strips crossing over each other.

crochet basket weave dishcloth pattern

Is the basket weave crochet pattern a reversible stitch? 

The basket weave crochet pattern is not typically considered a reversible stitch in the traditional sense. 

While both sides of the fabric will display a textured appearance due to the combination of front post double crochet (FPDC) and back post double crochet stitches (BPDC), the front and back of the fabric will have a slightly different look and feel.

On the right side (or front) of the fabric, the raised ridges created by the FPDC stitches will be more prominent and visually stand out, showing off the basketweave design.

Conversely, the wrong side (or back) of the fabric will show the recessed ridges created by the BPDC stitches, which may not look as defined or textured as the right side.

That being said, the basket weave stitch does produce a fabric with a nice texture on both sides, making it suitable for projects like blankets or scarves where both sides will be visible. 

However, if you’re looking for a stitch pattern that looks identical on both sides (truly reversible), the basket weave stitch may not meet that criterion due to the difference in texture between the front and back of the fabric. 

crochet basket weave close up

What can I make with the crochet basket weave? 

The crochet basket weave stitch is a visually interesting stitch pattern with a beautiful texture that you can create various projects with.

Some popular projects to make using the crochet basket weave stitch include blankets, scarves, cowls, and cushions. 

The stitch’s thick and sturdy nature makes it particularly suitable for items that benefit from a dense and durable fabric, such as bags, totes, and baskets. 

The basket weave stitch also adds a lovely decorative element to home decor items like placemats, coasters, and even wall hangings. 

Overall, the crochet basket weave stitch opens up a world of possibilities for creating cozy, textured, and functional crochet pieces.

Making a gauge swatch before committing to a full pattern is a great way to ensure that this is the right stitch pattern or the right type of yarn for your project.

What supplies do you need to crochet the basketweave stitch?

To crochet the basket weave stitch, you will need several supplies. 

First, choose a suitable yarn for your project.

A medium to bulky weight yarn works well to highlight the texture of the basket weave stitch. 

Select an appropriate crochet hook size that complements your chosen yarn weight. 

For example, if using worsted weight yarn, a (H-8) 5.0 mm to (J-10) 6.0 mm hook is typically recommended. 

If you choose a chunky yarn, you will need a larger hook. 

Once you’ve completed your project, you will also need a pair of scissors to cut the yarn and a yarn needle to weave in the ends. 

Additionally, a stitch marker can be helpful for keeping track of your stitch pattern, especially if working on larger projects. 

With these supplies, you’ll be ready to create beautiful and textured pieces using the basket weave crochet stitch. 

crochet basket weave stitch sample

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the basic principles of crocheting or you need a refresher, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know, a full video tutorial, and a step-by-step photo tutorial to help you along.  

This includes how to make a slip knot, how to create foundation chain stitches (ch), and how to crochet the basic stitches, such as single crochet stitches(sc) and double crochet stitches (dc).

It also includes how to make a single crochet decrease and all the crochet abbreviations (in US and UK terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more free video instructions, check out my YouTube channel here. – Handy Little Me – YouTube

And if you also love to knit and want tutorials with step by step instructions, check out the knitting lessons here – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

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