How To Crochet the Basket Weave Stitch + Free Patterns

by Hanne // updated on: March 5, 2023

Ever wondered how to crochet the basket weave stitch? Look no further! This tutorial will show you everything you need to know.

The basket weave stich is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a nicely textured crochet stitch that’s really easy to make (and where you won’t have to keep count while crocheting!)

The basketweave stitch is perfect for a project where you need a dense textured finish such as a computer case or a baby blanket.

After learning this stitch following the tutorial, you can check out the basket weave crochet patterns at the end of this article. We’ve included 5 free patterns for you.

Understanding the Basket Weave Stitch

The basketweave stitch is a fairly simple stitch created with only the double crochet stitch. What gives this stitch it’s unique texture and effect is the fact that you’ll use the Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet technique.

Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet are double crochet stitches but instead of inserting the hook in the normal space, you insert the hook around the posts of the stitches. For the Front Post Double Crochet, insert hook front to back and for the Back Post Double Crochet from back to front.

It’s the alternation of the Back and Front Post Double Crochet that creates the basket weave pattern block effect and the gorgeous texture.

The basketweave stitch count is the following: for each block, you’ll need 4 double crochets, you’ll also need a starting and finishing double crochet at the beginning and end of the row.

This means that when you start your pattern, you’ll want to count the amount of blocks you want (4 stitches per block) and add 1 stitch at the beginning. You’ll use a chain of 3 stitches as the first double crochet.

So imagine you want to have 4 blocks in your pattern, this means you’ll start with a chain of (4×4=) 16 + 1 in the beginning +3 as the first double crochet.

You’d start with a chain of 20 stitches.

Basket Weave Crochet Stitch Description and Abbreviation

The basketweave pattern uses the following stitches (uk terms in brackets):

  • Chain stitch: ch (Chain: ch) = Yarn over, pull through.

  • Double crochet: dc (Treble crochet: tr) = Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up (3 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 remaining loops.

  • Front Post Double Crochet: FPdc (Raised Treble crochet front: RtrF) = Yarn over, insert the hook in between the post from front to back and go around the post from back to front, yarn over, pull up (3 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over pull through the remaining 2 loops.

  • Back Post Double Crochet: BPdc (Raised Treble crochet Back: RtrB) = Yarn over, insert the hook in between the post from back to front and go around the post from front to back, yarn over, pull up (3 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over pull through the remaining 2 loops.

The rest of the instructions are written in US terms.

Basket Weave Crochet Diagram

Have a look at the following crochet diagram. It will show you at a glance how the basketweave stitch works, how to count stitches and more.

Basket Weave Crochet Stitch Diagram

The Basket Weave Crochet Stitch Step-by-Step Written Instructions

  1. Crochet the foundation chain. This chain should be a multiple of 4 +1

  2. Chain 3 (this turning chain acts as the first dc) then dc in the 4th stitch from the hook. Continue with dc stitch until the end of the chain.

  3. Chain 3 (this turning chain acts as the first dc) then FPdc around the next four stitches, BPdc around the next 4 stitches, repeat until the end of the chain, finish with 1 dc in the last stitch.

  4. Repeat the previous row. Usually this will be enough to create a square design but you might want to repeat this row 1 or 2 more time depending on the effect you’re going for.

  5. Now you’ll want to invert the FPdc and BPdc to create the basketweave design. This means: Chain 3 (this turning chain acts as the first dc) then BPdc around the next four stitches, FPdc around the next 4 stiches.

  6. Repeat the previous row

  7. Repeat row 2-6 until you get to the desired height.

The Basket Weave Crochet Stitch Free Video Instructions

Do you prefer to follow along? Check out the video tutorial below.

Basket Weave Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial

6 Free Basket Weave Crochet Patterns

Now that you know how to crochet the basketweave stitch, I’m sure your fingers are itching to put this stitch at work and make something beautiful.

That’s why we’ve included here 5 different free crochet patterns all using a majority of basketweave stitch.

As you can see, the stitch is so impressive and beautiful on it’s own, you don’t need any complicated patterns!

The blankets are a really easy way to get a finished product with the basketweave stitch, all you have to do is add a border around it to make it feel finished. Then, you can try the patterns that start with an oval and that are working the basketweave in the round, it will be slightly more challenging but it will open door to making so many more projects!

You might be wondering, can you use the basketweave stitch for making an actual basket? The answer is, yes! As you can see in the sixth pattern.

Basket Weave Baby Blanket Free Pattern

crochet basket weave pattern

This baby blanket is an ideal pattern to try out the basket weave stitch. The different colored edge makes it fun. You’ll start with the middle of the blanket and when you’re happy with the size, add the border. The border is done in one go using single crochets. the rib effect is obtained by working a single crochet in the back loop only.
Check out the free pattern.

Blanket Pattern in Basket Weave Stitch With Variegated Yarn

Blanket in Basket Weave Stitch with Variegated Yarn

This is an easy idea to make an impressive blanket using only the basket weave stitch: use variegated yarn for stunning results!

It’s important to keep a few things in mind when using variegated yarn to make sure your project turns out as well as the blanket in this picture.

Free pattern

The Market Bag Free Crochet Pattern

Basketweave Market Bag Crochet Pattern

If you’re looking for a cool project in crochet basketweave stitch, this market bag might be exactly what you’re looking for. Use a cotton yarn to make the bag a bit sturdy and you’re sure to get a great result.

This market bag is worked in the round which makes it an easy no-sew pattern. Because of the casual style of this bag you don’t even have to double it with fabric, making it a fast and easy project to add to your list.

This easy to follow pattern can be found here.

Laptop Bag in Crochet

Crochet laptop bag basket weave stitch free pattern

Check out this beautiful laptop bag! Using the basketweave stitch combined with regular dc, a cotton yarn for sturdiness and a lining to make the bag more durable.

This pattern is written for a 14inch laptop.

Check out the free pattern and video tutorial.

Basketweave Stitch Pouch Free Easy Follow

Using a 4mm crochet hook and cotton yarn, you’ll obtain a 7×11 inch pouch following this pattern. This pattern starts with an oval in regular dc which avoids any seems on the whole pouch as you’ll be working in the round. Smart! Adding a zipper and fabric lining is really what makes this pouch stand out and would make it perfect for a beautiful gift.

Crochet pouch instructions and free pattern can be found here.

A Basketweave Stitch Basket

basket-weave crochet basket

How meta, using the basketweave stitch for a basket. First you’ll create a round base (the pattern is written in 2 different sizes) and then you’ll work the basketweave stitch in the round to create the actual basket. Finally, you’ll add handles using single crochets.

You can make this basket in natural yarn for a modern basket that will easily fit in in any home or you can have fun and use different colors for a more original look.

Free Basket Pattern Here

Basket Weave Crochet Stitch FAQ

How many to chain for basket weave crochet?

Each block of the pattern uses 4 stitches, so the chain has to be a multiple of 4. You’ll also need one extra chain for turning hence the +1.
Finally, you’ll use 3 chains as the turning chain which can either be accounted in the foundation chain or be accounted for in the next row of the pattern.

Does basketweave stitch use more yarn? How much yarn do you need?

Not really, the only difference with “normal” dc stitch pattern is that instead of inserting the hook in the normal space you’ll insert it around the post stitches.

The exact amount of yarn will depend on the final product. You can always make a test square and measure your yarn in order to calculate which amount you’ll need for the final project. In general, the crochet pattern you use should tell you how much yarn you need.

Can you do the basket weave in Treble crochet?

Treble crochet is the UK term for the double crochet stitch in US crochet terms. This means that you might find the basket weave stitch explanation using the Treble crochet stitch instead of the double crochet stitch.

Which hook size to use for the basket weave crochet stitch?

The hook size used for this stitch will depend on the yarn you use. You can use any yarn gauge and any hook size and get a gorgeous result!

About the Author

Hanne has been obsessed with arts and crafts ever since her mum taught her how to crochet at the age of 6. Since then, she's been bitten by the DIY bug and knows how to sew, knit, knot macramé, tuft and much much more.
On the Funky Stitch she shares her favorite projects from around the web as well as her own designs.

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