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Crafty Seniors: Basket Weave Stitch

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Seniors, try your hand at the basket weave stitch.

Fall is here, time to create some new and beautiful items.  Whether you like to crochet or knit, Smile Senior Care has some creative recommendations for your next project.  You can make a project for your grandkids, neighbor or even your home care aide.

Basket Weave Stitch

The basket weave stitch is one that can be knitted or crocheted.  Of course, the technique fro each process will be different.

Crocheted basket weave instructions are as follows:

Row 1 Work 1 dc into the 4th chain from the hook and continue across the row, working 1 dc into each chain. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 2 Skip the last dc of the previous row, because the turning chain counts as a stitch. Work 1 dc around the second post of the previous row. A front post stitch is made by yarning over and inserting your hook under the post of the dc, as shown above. Draw up a loop and finish the dc as usual. Repeat for the next 2 stitches and posts, so there are 3 front post stitches.

Next, work a dc around the next post from the back (back post stitch) by yarning over and inserting your hook under the back post of the 5th dc (the photo above shows the back of your work, so you can see exactly where the hook is inserted). Draw up a loop and finish the dc as usual. Repeat for the next 2 stitches and posts, so there are 3 back post stitches.

Continue across the row, alternating 3 front post stitches with 3 back post stitches, until only the turning chain remains. Finish with 1 dc into the top of the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 3 Repeat Row 2, alternating 3 front post stitches with 3 back post stitches until only the turning chain remains. Finish with 1 dc into the top of the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 4 and 5 This is where the basket weave begins to take shape! These 2 rows start with back post stitches instead of front post stitches. Work 3 back post stitches and then 3 front post stitches, alternating until only the turning chain remains. Finish with 1 dc into the top of the turning chain. Chain 2 and turn.

Continue working Rows 2 through 5 until your piece is square. You can leave it without a border, or finish it off with a round of sc and your favorite border stitch.

Instructions from: Crochet Today

Knitting instructions for basket weave stitch:

Cast on a multiple of 8 sts, plus 5 sts.
Follow this stitch pattern:

Rows 1 and 5 (RS): Knit.
Rows 2 and 4: K5, * p3, k5; rep from * to end of row.
Row 3: P5, * k3, p5; rep from * to end of row.
Rows 6 and 8: K1, p3, * k5, p3; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 7: P1, k3, * p5, k3; rep from * to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 1–8 to create the pattern.

You can use any number of stitches for each block — 4 x 4, 5 x 5, 3 x 7, and so on — for variations on the basic basket weave.

From: Dummys.com

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