How to Crochet the Basket Weave Stitch
Learn how to crochet basket weave stitches to give any crochet piece a unique look.
The basketweave stitch is a dense stitch with an interesting texture which looks like—you guessed it—a basket. The basket weave pattern in crochet is also referred to as the waffle stitch. Follow this great step-by-step crochet tutorial to create your very own basket weave or waffle stitch masterpiece.
Learning how to do the basketweave stitch in crochet will come in handy for hats, bags, sweaters, and more. This crochet stitch is also a great stash-buster because it uses more yarn than some other stitches. Whether you plan to use the stitch for a textured crochet afghan or something smaller like a dishcloth, you'll be happy to have this cool crochet stitch in your arsenal.
In order to make the basket weave stitch, you will need to know the chain stitch, and the double crochet stitch. This stitch is achieved by manipulating a double crochet stitch, first in the front of the stitch of the previous row, and then in the back of the stitch. These different stitches are referred to as front post stitch, and back post stitch.
BONUS! Are you more of a visual learner? Watch and learn how to crochet the basketweave stitch using this helpful video tutorial by Michael Sellick of The Crochet Crowd. You'll love the wonderful texture created by this easy crochet stitch!
How to Crochet the Basketweave Stitch:
First make a foundation piece on which to make your stitches: Chain 22.
Double crochet in the 3rd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain.
How to do the front post stitch: Chain 2 and turn.Yarn over, insert the hook under the post of the next double crochet of the previous row.
*Then yarn over, and complete a double crochet stitch.
Repeat from * in the next 2 stitches. This gives you a total of 4 front post stitches. (The first chain 2 takes the place of the 1st double crochet.)
How to do the back post stitch: *Insert the hook behind the next double crochet of the previous row, and complete a double crochet. Repeat from * for 3 more times.
When you arrive at the end of the row, chain 2 and turn. Repeat steps 3 and 4 throughout the construction of your project.
(First two photos show 4 back post stitches completed. Third photo shows the foundation row of double crochet and one row of alternating post and back post stitches.)
Notes and Examples:
You will always begin with only 3 double crochet stitches, as the chain 1 takes the place of the first double crochet. Then continuing across the row, you will alternate 4 front post stitches, and 4 back post stitches.
You will always begin with the same stitch as the last 4 stitches of the previous row. That means if you finished with 4 front post stitches, you will begin the next row with 4 front post stitches.
The photo shows two rows of alternating front post and back post stitches, plus the foundation row of double crochet stitches.
Photo shows 6 rows completed of basket-weave stitch, plus the foundation row of double crochet stitches.
Basket Weave Crochet Patterns
Once you have learned how to crochet the basket weave stitch, put your new stitchin' skills to use with one of these waffle stitch crochet patterns.