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  • Writer's pictureLucy Duffy

Crochet post stitch Tutorial.

Updated: Sep 21, 2023


Have you ever tried crochet post stitches? If not, then this free Basketweave washcloth pattern is the perfect introduction for you.


This post contains the free version of my Basketweave Crochet washcloth pattern which uses front & back crochet post stitches to create a gorgeous, textured fabric. This pattern is written using UK Terms. You can also purchase a printable PDF version of this pattern which contains both UK & US Terminology for a small fee in my ravelry, Etsy or Ribblr stores.



A close up image of the fabric created by working front & back post crochet stitches.
Basketweave crochet pattern


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Do you need to be an advanced crocheter for this pattern?


You will need to know how to work treble crochet stitches for this pattern but you do not need to know how to work post stitches as I will explain it in this post. You can also find a video tutorial here.


Basketweave Crochet washcloth pattern details


The pattern has a 4 row pattern repeat which is used 6 times in total to create the washcloth.


The washcloth hasn't been designed with a border but you could easily add a double crochet border. You can find a video tutorial detailing how to do this here.

Which yarn should you choose?


I used Paintbox Yarns Wool mix Aran in the shade Banana Cream -1 ball will make 2 washcloths. This is a 50% wool/50% Acrylic yarn & is available in 48 different shades. A wool mix yarn isn't necessarily the obvious choice for a washcloth but it works - I was trying to be frugal & use yarn that I had left over from another project.


You can also use you're preferred Aran weight cotton yarn such as Paintbox yarns cotton Aran which is available in a whopping 63 shades - including banana cream 😊 Just make sure you check the yarn lengths for comparison as a ball of the wool mix Aran is 180m long compared to the cotton which is only 80m long.

Terms used in this pattern


  • ch – chain

  • st(s) – stitch(es)

  • tr – treble crochet

  • fpdc– front post treble crochet

  • bpdc – back post treble crochet


Materials



Gauge


15 stitches & 9 rows over 10 cm.


Finished dimensions

Approx 23.5cm x 23.5cm.


How do to work Crochet Post stitches


Post stitches are worked around the post of the stitch, instead of through the top of the stitch. Once your hook is around the post, work the treble crochet stitch as normal. ie; yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through two remaining loops on hook.


You can also find a video tutorial for this stitch on my Youtube channel.



A collage of three images showing the difference between standard crochet stitches and post stitches. The first image in the collage shows the top of a row of stitches. The second image shows a crochet hook being inserted at the right side of the post of a stitch, from the front. The third image shows the crochet hook coming back out at the front, left side of the post.
Front Post stitches


A collage of two images showing how to work around the post of a crochet stitch from the back. The first image shows the crochet hook being inserted at the right side of the post of the stitch from the back. The second image shows the crochet hook coming back out at the back but from the left side of the post.
Back post stitches.

Pattern begins


Begin by creating a foundation chain of 36 st’s.


Row 1: 1tc in 4th chain from hook. 1tc in each st across. Turn. (32 st’s)


A close up image of a pair of hands holding a crochet project using grey yarn and a green crochet hook
One row of treble crochets

Row 2: ch3 (does not count as a st here or throughout pattern). 1fptr around each of the first 4 st’s from Row 1. *1bptr around the next 4 st’s from Row 1. 1fptr around each of the next 4 st’s from Row 1, Repeat from * 2 more times, 1bptr around the last 4 st’s from Row 1. (32 st’s).


Row 3: ch3. 1fptr around each of the first 4 st’s from Row 2. *1bptr around the next 4 st’s from Row 2. 1fptr around each of the next 4 st’s from Row 2, Repeat from * 2 more times, 1bptr around the last 4 st’s from Row 2. (32 st’s).


Row 4: ch3. 1bptr around each of the first 4 st’s from Row 3. *1fptr around the next 4 st’s from Row 3. 1bptr around each of the next 4 st’s from Row 3, Repeat from * 2 more times, 1fptr around the last 4 st’s from Row 3. (32 st’s).


Row 5: ch3. 1bptr around each of the first 4 st’s from Row 4. *1fptr around the next 4 st’s from Row 4. 1bptr around each of the next 4 st’s from Row 4, Repeat from * 2 more times, 1fptr around the last 4 st’s from Row 4. (32 st’s).


Repeat row’s 2-5 four more times. Fasten off.



An image displaying two washcloths which have been made using the basketweave crochet pattern. The image also displays a hand soap dispenser and a bar of soap.
Basketweave Crochet Washcloth


Finishing off


Weave in all ends & block your work to ensure nice straight edges. You can read more about blocking in this blog post.


A final note!


I really hope you've enjoyed using this free pattern & would love to see your versions. You can comment below to let me know how you found it & if you use social media, you can tag me @duffyscraftdays.

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