How to Crochet the Tunisian Basket Weave Stitch
Welcome back to another Tunisian tutorial: the Tunisian Basket Weave Stitch. This stitch is deceptively easy to do but does require you to pay more attention to your repeats. Both rows and stitch counts. You only need to know how to do the TSS and the TPS stitches, which we’ve already covered earlier on in the CAL.
How To Crochet Tunisian Basket Weave Stitch
The Tunisian Basket Weave Stitch is worked with a 4 row repeat and 4 stitch repeat (actually 8 stitches…). You will be alternating once again between TSS and TPS stitches, in blocks of 4 at a time.
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Worsted/Aran/#4 weight yarn–Brava Worsted by Knit Picks in Cornflower, Tidepool, Alfalfa, and mint. I was able to get 2 squares out of each skein. As there are 12 squares, if you are using the same yarn, you will need 3 of each. I also used Brava Worsted Speckle in Tidal for borders and joining.
You can find Brava Worsted at WeCrochet
Fiber: 100% premium acrylic
Crochet Gauge: 11-14 sc = 4″ on I-K hooks (5.5mm-6.5mm)
Machine was and dry
I used a 6.5mm Tunisian hook from Furls and also one from Love To Crochet–a set I bought on Amazon.
TSS–Tunisian Simple Stitch
TPS–Tunisian Purl Stitch
*–indicates where to start repeat
F: Work 3 TSS starting with the 1st bar (the loop on your hook counts as the first of 4 TSS), *work 4 TPS over next 4 sts, work 4 TSS over next 4 sts; rep from * across to edge stitch: work the edge stitch as the stitch you are on (ex: if you’re finishing up a set of TPS, work the edge stitch with the working yarn in front of the hook; if you are finishing up a set of TSS, work the edge stitch as normal). OPTIONAL: you can, instead of working the stitch that goes along with your stitch repeat/pattern work a normal edge stitch. I actually recommend this as it keeps it simple and clean.
R: Normal return pass.
Repeat row 1 working both F and R passes.
F: Work 3 TPS with the 1st bar (the loop on your hook counts as the first of 4 TPS), *work 4 TSS over the next 4 sts, work 4 TPS over the next 4 sts; rep from * until the edge stitch: work the edge stitch with the stitch you are finishing a set of (ex: if you’re finishing up a set of TPS, work the edge stitch with the working yarn in front of the hook; if you are finishing up a set of TSS, work the edge stitch as normal). OPTIONAL: you can, instead of working the stitch that goes along with your stitch repeat/pattern work a normal edge stitch. I actually recommend this as it keeps it simple and clean.
R: Normal return pass.
Repeat row 3 working both F and R passes.
Repeat rows 1-4 until your square measures 12”
You can do this with a 6.5mm regular crochet hook if you prefer—with the starting loop on your hook I recommend doing a TSS bind off as it creates an even ridge along the top and keeps the curling from happening. Refer to the blog post linked at the beginning of the pattern to be reminded on how to do a TSS bind off.
Where to find the pattern
Learn Tunisian Series Links
Learn Tunisian Series (round up post and CAL information)
Tunisian Reverse Stitch (TRS)
Tunisian Half-Double Crochet Stitch (THDCS)
Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch (TDCS)