Basketweave Crochet: Perfect for a Baby Blanket
Basketweave crochet is a beautiful textured stitch that is easy to make once you've learned how to crochet post stitches. It is perfect for baby blankets because it is thick, cozy and warm. More importantly, it is dense, without holes between the stitches for baby's fingers and toes to get caught up in.
This is a crochet tutorial that teaches you how to use the basketweave crochet stitch to design your own baby blanket.
Choosing Your Materials
The idea behind this tutorial is to provide information that helps you to make your own baby blanket design, which means that the materials you choose to use will be entirely up to you! You can use lightweight yarn and a small crochet hook, bulky yarn and a large crochet hook or anything in between.
Selecting the Size of Your Blanket
You will begin by crocheting a chain that is slightly longer than the desired width of your crochet baby blanket. You can make your blanket any size you wish, of course. When you look at standard bed and blanket sizes, you'll see that crib blankets are typically 45" x 60", although daily use blankets are much smaller, around 26" x 34" for preemies and up to 36" x 44" for toddlers. Square baby blankets are common and may be as small as 18" square for preemies or as large as twice that for other young babies. The great thing about crochet baby blankets is that the size really doesn't have to be exact.
Basics of Basketweave Stitch
Basketweave crochet stitch is created using both front and back post stitches. There are several variations that you can make:
- Which stitch to use? Double crochet post stitches are most common, but you can create this stitch in half double crochet, treble and taller post stitches if you desire.
- How many of each stitch across? The basketweave design is created by alternating sections of front post stitches with sections of back post stitches. A common choice is to make 5 front post stitches followed by 5 back post stitches across the row. However, you can do fewer or more as you prefer.
- How many rows of stitches? The key to basketweave stitch is that after a certain number of rows, you reverse the pattern—working back post stitches into the front post stitches and front post stitches into the back post stitches. You can alternate after any number of rows you want, although it is common to switch after the same number as the number used across; if you crocheted 5 front post and 5 back post across, then you'll also crochet 5 rows before reversing. This is what gives the most even, checkerboard feel to basketweave crochet.
Once you choose your stitch and the amount of stitches and rows, you're ready to begin.
Beginning Your Blanket
Start Your Foundation Chain
Crochet a chain that is slightly shorter than your desired blanket width. Note that your foundation row needs to have enough chains to accommodate your choice, so if you're going to crochet 5 of each stitch, make sure you begin with a chain that is a multiple of 5 plus the number needed for your turning chain (3 if you are using double crochet).
Crochet your chosen stitch into each stitch across. So, if you are using double crochet, make one dc in each stitch across the row.
Now you begin your post stitches. Begin with your turning chain. Alternate front and back post double crochet stitches across the row in groups; for example, 5 fpdc, 5 bpdc across the row. You may wish to end with a dc stitch in the top of the final stitch for a more even edge.
Next Group of Rows
Crochet several rows (4 more if you want to do rows of 5 before reversing). Each row will alternate whether you begin with fpdc or bpdc (because you are turning the work you must work back into front and front into back so that the stitches always protrude out on the same side).
Reverse Direction, First Row
When you've completed a set of rows, you are ready to reverse direction. Now you will want to crochet the opposite way so that the texture of your post stitches protrudes in the opposite direction. So in this instance, you are going to crochet the same stitch into each stitch (instead of working a front post into a back post as before, you are going to work a front post into a front post—since you have turned the work, this results in opposite-facing textures).
Next Group of Rows
After you've crocheted the first new row, go back to before, alternating so that you work front posts into back posts. You'll continue working rows, reversing direction every few rows (five if you're following our pattern) to the end of the project.
One of the choices that you get to make to customize this baby blanket is to crochet it in different colors. You can use the same color throughout or change as many times as you want. Feel free to choose whatever color changes feel right for your baby blanket.
Adding a Border
Continue your basketweave crochet pattern until your baby blanket has reached almost the desired final length. End off with a slip stitch. Now you can add any border of your choosing to the blanket to give it a finished look. A single crochet edge of novelty yarn is a nice choice.
That's it; you have all of the information that you need to crochet your own basketweave baby blanket design. But if you're working on the blanket for your first time, it might help to have a step-by-step pattern, so here it is:
Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
- Chain 63. Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in each stitch across (Total 60 dc).
- Ch 3, turn. 5 fpdc, 5 bpdc across row ending with a dc in top of last st.
- Ch 3, turn. 5 bpdc, 5 fpdc across row ending with a dc in top of last st.
- Repeat steps 2 through 3 one time.
- Repeat step 2 twice. (The second time reverses the direction and begins the second section of basketweave crochet.)
- Repeat step 3 then step 2.
- Repeat step 6.
- Repeat step 4 (twice).
- Repeat step 5.
- Repeat step 6 (twice).
- Change color.
- Repeat steps 8 through 10.
- Change color.
- Repeat step 12 two times.
- Finish off, weave in ends.
- Join novelty yarn in any color. Ch 1. Sc in each stitch all the way around. Sl st. to join to ch 1. Finish off and weave in ends.
Make some extra crochet baby accessories and wrap them up with the blanket to gift to every brand new baby you know!