Basketweave Technique for Crochet

by Linda Becksterhed
Use double crochet front and back post stitches to create a basketweave pattern in your crocheted items.

Use double crochet front and back post stitches to create a basketweave pattern in your crocheted items.

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Crochet stitches can be used to create many different textures in handmade items. A basketweave texture on crocheted fabric can be achieved using a combination of front and back post double crochet stitches. This basketweave technique can be used in scarves, sweaters, afghans and more. Once you have mastered the technique, you can add it to your own patterns or freehand crochet pieces.

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Appearance

A basketweave texture has a look that is similar to the surface of a large woven basket, with bumps and dips over the surface of the crocheted item. This type of texture is also seen in knitting by alternating knit and purl stitches. Basketweave can be crocheted in any size and gauge desired and adjusted to have a larger or smaller pattern by changing the number of stitches.

Simple Basketweave Crochet Pattern

To do a basketweave crochet pattern, you have to alternate a series of front post and back post double crochet stitches. Start with a foundation chain or a chainless double crochet foundation in multiples of four. For a swatch, start with a 16 stitch foundation. If using a foundation chain, double crochet in each stitch across. Work four front post double crochets, then four back post double crochets. Repeat all the way across, then turn your work and do four back post double crochets and four front post double crochets, alternating across. Repeat the back post to front post series for the next row, then the front post to back post. Continue alternating until the piece is as long as you want, then fasten off your work.

Chainless Foundation

A chainless double crochet foundation gives you the means to create a foundation of double crochets to work your post stitches into in a single row. To work a chainless double crochet foundation, chain three stitches, yarn over, insert your hook into the first chain you made and pull a loop through so that there are three loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull a loop through just the first loop to make a false chain, then yarn over again and work through the remaining loops like a regular double crochet. Yarn over again, then insert the hook under the false chain and pull a loop through. Repeat forming the false chain and working the double crochet until the foundation is long enough for your piece.

Front and Back Post Stitches

Front and back post double crochet stitches are worked in a way that pulls the post of the stitch below forward or backward, creating interesting visual effects with the stitches. To work a front post double crochet, yarn over and insert the hook on the side of the post from the stitch below, then behind it and out the other side. Pull a loop through so that it pulls the post of the last stitch forward, then work as a standard double crochet. To work a back post double crochet, insert the hook from the back so that the post of the stitch below is pushed to the back of the work.

About the Author

Linda Becksterhed is a professional writer with a legal and crafting focus. She handled creation and distribution of fan newsletters from 1998 to 2001 and maintains an entertainment blog. She is a paralegal and an accomplished fiber artist, specializing in yarn, spinning fibers and crochet and knit designs.

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