It’s an easy, repetitive pattern that uses front and back post stitches to create the woven effect. Remember that front and back post dc are the same stitch, the only difference is which side of your work they are made. The basketweave takes full advantage of this, so the front and back are mirror images of each other.
The Basketweave stitch is popular for blankets, scarves, baskets, purses or any other pattern where you want some distinctive and big texture to show off. All the stitches after row 1 are made around the posts. So if you don’t like making post stitches, you may want to avoid the Basketweave stitch. This is a very repetitive stitch though, so if you want a stitch that you don’t have to remember complicated instructions and don’t need to continuously keep count, then the Basketweave is an ideal stitch to choose.
This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below
- Front post double crochet (fpdc) = front post treble crochet
- Back post double crochet (bpdc) = back post treble crochet
- Double crochet = treble crochet
- Single crochet = double crochet
For the Basketweave square I used Rico Cotton Creative Aran which is a 100% cotton non mercerised yarn. I chose this yarn as I love the feel of cotton, and it has a good selection of colours to choose from. This yarn does tend to split a little bit especially if you frog it a couple of times, so if this type of yarn is something you struggle to crochet with, I would choose a different brand.
For our week 9 square I chose to use the shade Rose (00), which is one of the 4 different colours I used to create my own 50 stitches blanket. I also used a 4mm hook – I recommend using Clover Amour hooks. A cost effective hook that is comfortable in your hands thanks to their ergonomic design, so doesn’t make your hands tired when crocheting for periods of time.
For this square you will need a 4mm hook
Start by making a foundation chain of 32
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a dc (the turning chain counts as your first stitch of the row). Make a dc in each chain across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. *Make a fpdc in each of the next 4 stitches. Make a bpdc in each of the next 4 stitches* repeat between *and* across the row. Finish the row with a set of 4 fpdc and a sc in the last stitch – 30 stitches
Row 3. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. *Make a bpdc in each of the next 4 stitches then make a fpdc in each of the next 4 stitches* repeat between *and* across the row, ending in a set of 4 bpdc and a sc in the last stitch – 30 stitches
Row 4. Repeat row 3
Row 5. Repeat row 2
Row 6. Repeat row 2
Rows 7 – 16. Repeat rows 3 to 6 – 30 stitches in each row
Now you need to add the border to your square before we join this one to last weeks square with the Interlocking border. We’re going to be making a round of single crochet around our square. I’ve chosen to do this in a contrasting colour for each of my squares, but you can use a complimenting or same colour as your square if you want. I used shade Cardinal (11) in Rico Cotton Creative Aran yarn for my border colour, which I also used to make the Interlocking border.
You will need to go down to a 3.5mm hook for the border of the Basketweave Square.
For our Week 9 of the 50 Stitches Crochet Along Basketweave square you will need to make 1 sc in each stitch across the top and bottom edges. In the side of rows 1 and 16 make 1 sc, in the side of all other rows make 2 sc.
You should have 30 sc down each side, plus an extra stitch in each corner for the turn. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)
You have now finished your square and join and you can cut off and weave in the ends before joining this piece to your previous pieces with the Interlocking border.
You can now add the interlocking border to join this weeks square to last weeks. You can see how to do this here both as a written guide and with a video to help you too. Once you have joined your Basketweave Square, that is week 9 of the 50 Stitches Crochet Along complete!
If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – Froggity Frog’s Ribbit And Stitch where you can show us your completed squares too and join the chat and meet your fellow hookers.