First Christmas present off the hook 😀
Basketweave is a fairly ‘standard’ stitch, though it looks scary. I have a lovely stitch reference book – Handbook of Crochet Stitches, by Betty Barnden – which is an incredibly valuable resource! The basketweave stitch is on page 166 of that book, but you can also find tutorials online, both written and in videos.
It’s basically a multiple of six, plus two (I worked 26 foundation double crochet stitches, which made up a 6 inch wide scarf). Your ‘two’ stitches are one at the end of each row, and in between is a repeating pattern of post stitches. Yes, a scarf almost entirely composed of post stitches! You can imagine how much I love it 😀 the post stitches form a pattern that looks like basket weave, hence the name. It’s not as hard to master as it looks, and it makes a lovely dense, thick fabric – perfect for a thick winter scarf.
I used Ardalanish aran weight yarn for this, in ‘slate’. You remember how a friend brought me some samples in an egg box? Well, I treated myself to some full size balls of yarn from them. Oohhhh, it’s lovely. Thick and not scratchy, with that particular smell of natural wool. I used three 100g balls (450m/492 yards), with a 6.5mm hook, and it worked up like a charm.
Onwards and upwards: I’ve got plenty to crochet before Christmas, and I’m very pleased that I’m getting a good, solid head start on things. I like to be prepared!