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How to Crochet Tunisian Basketweave Stitch

This Tunisian basketweave stitch tutorial will show you how to make a gorgeous textured stitch for your crochet projects!

Updated April 13, 2022
How to Crochet Tunisian Basketweave Stitch

Tunisian crochet, also known as afghan crochet, is a form of crochet that uses a crochet hook to make a forward and then a return pass, with rarely a need to turn the work. The fabric made from tunisian crochet can closely resemble knitted or woven fabrics depending on the stitches used. This form of crochet is very versatile and can be used to create anything from wearables, home decor, to amigurumi or stuffed toys.

The fabric created from tunisian crochet can range from open and lacey to thick and dense, depending on hook size, yarn weight and the stitch used. Below are two examples of tunisian crochet in the pyramid lace stitch. The example on the left was made with a lighter weight yarn and together with the stitch used, the piece is very lacey. The example on the right, made with a thicker weight yarn and the same stitch, created a piece that is much thicker.

The Tunisian Basketweave Stitch, creates a dense, thick fabric. The texture created from this stitch is gorgeous and the thick fabric makes it perfect for winter wearables, blankets and more. Alternating groups of tunisian knit and purl stitches create this beautiful checkerboard texture, making it an easy and repetitive stitch to learn. The number of stitches and or rows can easily be changed, making this stitch versatile and unique to the maker.

Crochet Tunisian Basketweave 5
Crochet Tunisian Basketweave 3

Let’s get started!

Materials

- Mary Maxim Aran Tweed Chunky Yarn
- Size K (6.5 mm) Cruella Deville Furls Crochet 12” Tunisian Hook or a hook with no handle to practice

Mary Maxim yarn

Tunisian Crochet Basketweave Stitch Tutorial

Crochet Tunisian Basketweave Stitch 2

The Tunisian Basketweave Stitch is created by alternating groups of tunisian knit and tunisian purl stitches. The number of stitches and or rows may be changed for different variations.

This stitch pattern is a multiple of an odd number divisible by 5 + 2.

Step 1. Chain 17.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 1

Row 1: Forward Pass:

Step 2. Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, pick up a loop in each chain across. =17 loops

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 2

Return Pass:

Step 3. Yarn over (image 1) and pull through 1 loop on the hook (image 2),

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 3

Step 4. yarn over (image 1) and pull through 2 loops on the hook. (image 2)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 4

Step 5. Repeat step 4 until 1 loop remains on the hook.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 5

Row 2: Forward Pass:

Step 6. Tunisian knit stitch (first loop on the hook), tunisian purl stitch into the next 5 stitches,

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 6

Step 7. tunisian knit stitch into the next 5 stitches,

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 7

Step 8. tunisian purl stitch into the next 5 stitches,

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 8

Step 9. tunisian knit stitch into the last stitch by inserting the hook behind the last 2 vertical bars at the end of the row (image 1), yarn over (image 2),

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 9

Step 10. and pull up a loop.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 10

Return Pass:

Step 11. Repeat steps 3-5.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 11

Row 3: Forward Pass:

Step 12. Repeat Row 2 (steps 6-11)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 12

Return Pass:

Step 13. Repeat steps 3-5.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 13

Row 4: Forward Pass:

Step 14.
Repeat Row 2 (steps 6-11)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 14

Return Pass:

Step 15.
Repeat steps 3-5.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 15

Row 5: Forward Pass:

Step 16.
Repeat Row 2 (steps 6-11)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 16

Return Pass:

Step 17.
Repeat steps 3-5.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 17

Row 6: Forward Pass:

Step 18.
Tunisian knit stitch (on hook), tunisian knit stitch into the next 5 stitches,

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 18

Step 19. tunisian purl stitch into the next 5 stitches,

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 19

Step 20. tunisian purl stitch into the next 5 stitches and tunisian knit stitch into the last stitch. =17 loops

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 20

Return Pass:

Step 21.
Repeat steps 3-5.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 21

Row 7: Forward and Return Pass:

Step 22.
Repeat Row 6 (steps 18-21)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 22

Row 8: Forward and Return Pass:

Step 23.
Repeat Row 6 (steps 18-21)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 23

Row 9: Forward and Return Pass:

Step 24.
Repeat Row 6 (steps 18-21)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 24

Step 25. Repeat Rows 2-9 (steps 6-24) until the desired length.

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 25

Step 26. Bind off. (See resource section)

Tunisian Basketweave Stitch Step 26

The End!

Crochet Tunisian Basketweave Stitch 7

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Alexandra Halsey is a stay at home mommy who loves sharing her crochet designs and teaching others how to crochet, cook, and be creative through her blogs and video tutorials.

Visit her YouTube channel and her blog, With Alex, to learn more. Visit her designer profile on AllFreeCrochet to see everything she has shared with us, too!

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