Crochet for Knitters – Basketweave Stitch


In this Crochet for Knitters video, I’m going
to show you how to work the basketweave stitch in crochet. And, I always say that it’s a
good idea for knitters to have a little bit of crochet under their belt, and I have a
few fancy stitch crochet videos coming out this summer and I’ve promoting them as dish
cloth opportunities, which is really fun. I actually have already made two dishcloths
from this stitch, because it’s so pretty and so it’s so fun to work. And I have had big
projects lately and this is just like a little bit of fun to fill the time between big projects. Anyway, this video is also really cool, because
I’ve never done a crochet video that has you working stitches around the post. And that’s
how we get the basketweave look in this stitch. Let’s go and take a look. You see how cool
this stitch looks and the whole thing that gives it this three dimension basketweave
thing is knitting around the front of the post and the back of the post and the post
being a double crochet stitch. And this is 22 grams of yarn. I had 22 grams leftover
from another project of this cotton blend yarn. And I’ll give the exact instructions
for the hook size I used in the yarn and everything. But I loved it so much that I made two dish
clothes already. And it’s fun to work, and I think I want to make 15 more dish clothes.
But here you see it in a couple of different colors. I could actually give these away as
a gift or something, because they’re nice looking and machine washable and everything
else. Yeah, for dishcloths. But it also would make a very cool blanket and if you start
with a dish cloth, you could tell if you enjoy the stitch enough to commit to making a whole
blanket. So, I’m going to show you how to work this
stitch. And, I’ll get us started here and then I’m going to jump over to a different
piece, so this video doesn’t end up being really, really long. You want to cast, cast
on of course, you want to chain a multiple of six plus three. And in this case, I’m going
to do a multiple of 6, 18, and then add 3 to that, 21. And if you need a review of the
chain stitch, I’ll give you a link here to my video for a slow demonstration of the chain
stitch. And I’m not counting ’cause it doesn’t matter ’cause I have the other piece already
finished. So we’re going to pretend that I’ve chained
21 here. And the first row, row one is just double crochet. And what I do first is skip
two chains, you don’t count the one on the hook, skip the first one, skip the second
one. I’m going to put a double crochet in this chain right here and I’m going to put
it under the top leg of this chain. So I yarn over, put my hook in, grab the yarn, pull
up a loop, grab the yarn, pull through two, grab the yarn, pull through two. And I’ll
give you a link here to a slow demonstration of the double crochet if you’ve never done
it before, but that’s really just it. Yarn over, go into the next chain, grab the yarn
and pull up a loop, grab the yarn, pull through two, grab the yarn, pull through two. And
you know you’re finished with the crochet chain when you only one hook, one hook, one
loop left on the hook. Yarn over, go into the next stitch, pull up a loop, grab the
yarn, pull through two, grab the yarn, pull through two. And row one is just the same
thing. You’re going to work double crochets all the way across the row. And so I’m not going to make you watch me
do that whole thing. The magic of television. I already have this row finished. Tah Dah!
Look how fast I am. And now, let me see here really quickly. Chain two. Okay. So I finished
this, the last part of this row is to chain two and turn work. Now I’m on row two. I’m
going to skip the first double crochet and you can see these actually do look like posts,
and so it’s not out of the question to say working around the post on these. I’m going
to skip the first double crochet and I’m going to work around the front of this post here,
which means I want to work the stitch like that. The post is behind. I want to work the
stitch around the front of this. And so I essentially have to get my hook in exactly
the way that I have this bamboo pin in there. And this is actually the hardest part of the
whole thing is this first thing, this first stitch I’m going to show you. Yarn over. Go from the back between those
two stitches, around the front of that double crochet, grab the yarn. I’m pulling up a loop
right now. I have to pull it back through the maze of everything I just did. Grab the
yarn, pull up a loop so I can grab the yarn and pull through two, grab the yarn and pull
through two. I lost some tension there, but I did the stitch so slowly to demonstrate
here. I’ll do it again. I’ll do better this time. Yarn over, come in from the back between
those two stitches, go around the front of the post, grab the yarn and pull up a loop
– you have to pull it back through this whole maze. I dropped it a little bit but I’ll do
it again. Yarn over, around the front, pull up the loop, grab the yarn, pull through two,
grab the yarn, pull through two. And now this all done in three’s. So I have one more of
these to do. And the next one is easier. This actually isn’t hard once you get practice
going with it. Okay, now, I forget how much yarn crochet
uses. I never have enough pulled out. Now I want to work around the back of the post,
which means I want to follow the way that this pin is going this way, which is easier
because I’m working from the front to the back this time. So I’m going to work three
around the back of the post, double crochet stitches. So I yarn over, go in from the front
and back around that stitch, grab the yarn, pull up a loop. You see that’s easier cause
we then we can actually see what we’re doing. Grab the yarn, pull through two, grab the
yarn, pull through two. One more time. Yarn over, between the two stitches and then back
in front. Grab the yarn, pull up a loop. Grab the yarn, pull through two. Grab the yarn,
pull through two. One more. These go a lot faster. Okay. And look what we have here. You see
how this is working? You see we have basketweave looking stitches going already? I’m going
go through the working through the front, not through the front, the post around the
front, the post around the back one more time so you can see it. This is around the front,
it actually comes from the back. That was one. There’s two. There’s three. That was
the hard one, you see. It’s easier once you get in the swing of working it. And then around
the back again. There’s one. There’s two. And there’s three. We’ll take another look
and there’s one more thing I want to show you about this stitch. When you’re working
this, because it’s worked around the post and not into a stitch, it can kind of get
compressed. So after you finish a row or you finish a few rows, you give it a tug and you’ll
see that it will actually grow quite a bit vertically because the post stitches will
get right up under the top of the stitch where they’re supposed to be. Anyway, this is a
four row repeat and you’ll repeat rows two and four and the only thing that changes between
the different rows is that you work . . . on some rows you work in front of the rows first,
and in some rows you work in back of the post first. And that’s it. As always, the written
instructions for stitch are in the video description below as well as on my website. Have fun and
good luck.

33 thoughts on “Crochet for Knitters – Basketweave Stitch

  • This is one of my favourite crochet looks and have made many basketweave projects.  I'm the other way – a crocheter learning to knit.

  • I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on Stockinette Haruni by Emily Ross I'm a Crocheter learning how to knit and I would really like to knit this Shawl

  • This looks like such a fun stitch and project.  I'll take a knitting break and give this a whirl.  I haven't crocheted in years.  By the way, I LOVE the music that introduces your videos.  I always enjoy it and I thought I ought to tell you.  It reminds me of TV shows from years and years ago.  Is it from a specific program?  How did you find it?  Thank you for everything you do to help us learn!

  • Stacy, I feel like my whole world is backwards…. I thought FPDC was worked from the front side of the piece and BPDC was worked from the back…. but you're doing FPDC from the back side.   All my projects turn out looking as they should…. I'm so confused 🙁

  • Stacy, what you are saying is backwards.  The first demo you did was a back post crochet not a front post crochet. And the second was front post.

  • @Jenn Williams – it's possible that the terminology changes, but this is correct.  Just to be sure, I went back and checked my favorite reference guide for all things stitcherly – "Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework" (1979), and "around the front" begins with the hook coming from the back to the front, and "around the back" begins with the hook entering front-to-back.

  • I agree with Jenn Williams. The first 3 stitches that you made are back post double crochet. The second 3 are front post double crochet. There are other YouTube videos that show the stitch with the proper name.

  • A FPDC is worked with hook inserted from front of work so that the post stitch is worked around the front of the post and therefore sits at front of work.

    A BPDC is worked with hook inserted from back of work so that the post stitch is worked around the back of the post and therefore sits at the back of work.

  • Hi Stacy, in the pattern you write "rows 2&3" and then "rows 3&4" so I am not quite sure which one row 3 is supposed to be. Is each row supposed to be done twice before moving on to the next one? 
    Thanks!!

  • I'm using it right away on a beanie hat for my wife, thanks for the tuto, simple yet complete!!! Congrats!

  • Loved this tutorial…..I have done the Basketweave crocheting Tunisian….and that way it looks knitted

  • im so gonna try this as a newbie to crochet i like basketweave in knitting so i think i will enjoy this crochet 1 thank you for putting up

  • I'm having trouble with working the end of the second row/beginning of the third. I don't understand what the pattern is telling me to do.

  • What is she talking about? It's the other way around. FPDC because you have the post in the front and BPDC because you have the  post in the back.

  • Thanks so much, Staci! You are not only "all things knitting", but "all things crochet". I learned to crochet as a child, but once I learned to knit, I tossed it aside. Over the years, I tried to pick it back up for 2 reasons 1) to add borders to knitting and 2) to learn to get tension with the yarn in my left hand for 2 handed fair isle knitting- but I just couldn't seem to find where to put the hook and got frustrated and everything I made looked like a messy square. Thanks to you, I have been bitten by the crochet bug and have binge watched your crochet videos, bought an awesome set of Knitters' Pride hooks and have embarked on dish cloth mania. Thanks for all you do to help us become better knitters and crocheters. You rock!

  • Stacy hello, just a note. You have it backwards. A front crochet post you enter from the front. A back crochet post starts from the back so on your dish cloth you have done one set of Back Post Crochet and your second set
    is a Front Post Crochet. Please Look up some other youtube examples and everyone does it the way I have said it.

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