Before I get started, this tutorial was one witch with a capital B to put together. I needed a new video camera, my tripod wasn't working, my first youtube video. And I spent 4 hours editing the video only to find out that my work was lost due to the formatting of HD not being compatible with Window's movie maker. I had a stage 4 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown that my husband had to talk me through. Here is a clip of our dialogue:
Me: "I told people on my blog that this would be done by the end of last week, a lot of people are asking!"
Husband: "This is a hobby, it's not like this is a job where your going to get fired for missing a deadline."
Me: "There are people from other countries asking about this!" (listening to myself, then realizing how crazy I am starting to sound.)
On with the show!
Here is the youtube video if you want to know how to do the stitch.
Here is the pattern for the blanket above, along with some pictures of how to do the 4x4 Basketweave stitch.
Step 1: Create the base - Ch 79
Step 2: Create the foundation - Ch an additional 2 (this will be your first post). Then DC (double crochet) in each of the original 79 chains. When you are finished with that row you should have 80 posts.
Step 3: Turn your work and Ch 2 (that is your first post) 3 FDC (front double crochet), [4 BDC (back double crochet), 4 FDC] Repeat sequence in brackets until end of row.
Step 4: Turn your work and Ch 2 (that is your first post) 3 BDC, [4 FDC (back double crochet), 4 BDC] Repeat sequence in brackets until end of row.
Step 5: Repeat Step 3.
Step 6: Repeat Step 4. By the end of this you have just created your first 4x4 row of squares.
(You are now starting a new 4x4 so you are going to switch up the pattern now)
Step 7: Turn your work and Ch 2 (that is your first post) 3 BDC, [4 FDC (back double crochet), 4 BDC] Repeat sequence in brackets until end of row.
Step 8: Turn your work and Ch 2 (that is your first post) 3 FDC, [4 BDC (back double crochet), 4 FDC] Repeat sequence in brackets until end of row.Step 9: Repeat Step 7.
Step 10: Repeat Step 8.
- If you don't know how to FDC or BDC then watch the youtube video.
- In the blanket pictured above I used 1 strand of bulky yarn & N hook.
- If you double regular yarn worsted yarn or triple like I did in the scrap yarn blanket used a larger hook your blanket will produce larger stitches and go a lot faster. But keep in mind you may not need to start with 79 chains since it will be larger. Always do a test swatch (size of a washcloth) to test your stitch gauge.
- In the scrap yarn blanket I used the 2x2 method which is 2 FDC, 2 BDC in pattern above instead of 4.
I hope this answers everyone's questions, if not please let me know. Thanks!