Do you love bulky weight yarn, Tunisian crochet, and texture? If you answered “yes” to all of these, then you have got to make a Tunisian Basket Weave blanket using this free crochet pattern!
Tunisian Basket Weave Blanket
I love the way the yarn colors pop next to one another, and the texture is absolutely amazing! We are using Brava Bulky for this blanket. This is a 100% acrylic, size 5/bulky weight yarn. Aren’t those colors gorgeous?!
Because this yarn is a bit thicker than worsted weight it works up faster, and because it is Tunisian crochet it uses less yarn than the traditional basket weave stitch using post stitches.
The finished size of this blanket should be about 50″ wide and 74″ tall. Maybe you want a wider blanket, or taller or shorter? There is a handy chart for crochet blanket sizes here.
To change the size of this crochet blanket you’ll simply add or remove stitches in multiples of 8 from the foundation row. Everything else remains the same, and you can do as many or as few rows as you like of each color, as well as the entire blanket.
This throw is a perfect size to watch tv with a loved one. Crochet blankets made with bulky weight yarn are great because they provide both weight and warmth, and work up quicker than those made with lighter weight yarns.
Tunisian crochet is similar to both crochet and to knitting. A cross between the two, if you will. It is crochet because of the single (albeit long) hook, but much of the terminology and the fact that all of the loops remain on the hook itself while crocheting a row makes it similar to knitting.
If you are brand new to the world of Tunisian crochet you are in for a treat! You’ll want to use a cabled afghan hook for this project so that all of the stitches fit at once. Read my Tunisian Hook Guide for more information and links to all of your options.
Brava Bulky Yarn in 4 colors
-approx. 2900 yards total, or 725 of each of the four colors
(6 balls of each – Avocado, Silver, White, and Cobblestone Heather pictured)
Tunisian crochet hook with cable in size 8mm
Gauge: approx. 12 sts x 12 rows in 4″ square
Finished Dimensions: approx. 50” x 74”
To adjust size: Add or remove from the foundation row in multiples of eight stitches.
Be sure to change colors after every 12 basket weave rows. First at row 14, then 26, 38, etc. To do so simply use the new color of yarn on the final pull through of the final stitch of the backward pass.
Foundation Row: Ch-142, Pull up a loop in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each to end. Backward Pass.
Rows 2 – 5: * TKS in 4 sts, TPS in 4 sts * repeat between * * across. TKS in final 4 sts. Pull up a loop in outside st. Backward Pass.
Rows 6 – 9: * TPS in 4 sts, TKS in 4 sts * repeat between * * across. TPS in final 4 sts. Pull up a loop in outside st. Backward Pass.
Rows 10 – 193: repeat rows 2 – 9, changing colors after every 12 rows.
Finishing Row: Sl st in each st to end, maintaining the basket weave pattern.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
I chose not to add a border to this blanket because I felt that it would take away from the color blocks. You could, of course, add any border you like! Here’s a helpful article on how to add a border to crochet.
I hope you love this blanket and that you’ll use it often! I plan to use this stitch in other things in the near future and can’t wait to share those new makes with you. Happy crocheting!