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No Beginning Chain Basket Pattern Throw

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The first row of an afghan with homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can be frustrating. This afghan does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. The lacy basket pattern keeps the afghan light even with a heavier yarn.

This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Boucle.

This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small30.7641.018.7674.58
Extra Large58.8878.5131.882472

Yarn – Sizing given for Bulky weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple crochet

Special stitches:

Shell – work the following in the ch sp indicated: 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc

V-stitch – work the following in chain space or over stitch indicated: 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc


There is also a tutorial video available.

Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.

For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
30.75″ = 35
37.75″ = 43
44.75″ = 51
51.75″ = 59
59″ = 67

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) until you have made desired number of tr/ch spaces. Make an odd number of tr/ch spaces.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work (holding it so that the tr stitches are on top and the ch-3 loops on the bottom), make a dc in the first sp (over tr just made). Working across the spaces (working over the tr stitches), make a V-stitch in each space to the end of the row.

Row 3: Ch 4 and turn. 1 dc in ch-1 sp, Shell in next ch-1 sp, ** ch 1, skip one ch-1 sp, Shell in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. V-stitch in ch-4 sp.

Row 4: Ch 4 and turn. 1 dc in ch-1 sp, V-stitch in ch-1 space of Shell, ** V-stitch in ch-1 space between shells V-stitch in ch-1 space of shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. V-stitch in ch-4 sp.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until afghan is desired length. If no additional border is desired, finish off and weave in end.

Optional border – end with a row 4.

Border round 1: Ch 3 and turn. (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, mark the shell just made as a corner shell. Ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp, (ch 1, skip a ch-1 space, shell in next ch-1 sp) across the top of the throw to the ch-4 turning chain. Work the following in the ch-4 turning chain sp: ch 1, shell, ch 1, shell. Mark the first shell in the turning chain space as a corner shell. On the sides of the throw, work in the spaces formed by the ch-4 turning chains and final dc stitches of the rows. Ch 1, and make a shell in the next sp. (Ch 1, skip a space, shell in next space) across the side of the blanket. Ch 1, shell in the last space of the side. Across the bottom of the throw, work in the spaces formed by the ch-3 loops of the foundation loops. Ch 1, shell in the first ch-3 space. Mark this shell as a corner shell. Ch 1, shell in the next ch-3 space. (Ch 1, skip a ch-3 sp, shell in next ch-3 sp) across the bottom of the throw. Ch 1, shell in last ch-3 sp, mark this shell as a corner shell. Work across the last side of the throw in the spaces formed by the ch-4 turning chains and final dc stitches of the rows. Ch 1, shell in the first sp. (Ch 1, skip a space, shell in the next space) across the side of the blanket. Ch 1, shell in the last sp, ch 1, slip stitch to join in the third chain of the first shell of the round. Do not turn.

Border round 2: Slip stitch in the next dc, slip stitch in the ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space. V-stitch in every ch-1 space around the entire blanket back to the ch 4. Slip stitch to join in the third chain. Do not turn.

Border round 3: Slip stitch in the ch sp. Ch 3, (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp. (Ch 1, shell in next ch-1 space) two times. (Ch 1, skip one ch-1 sp, shell in next ch-1 sp) around the blanket. On either side of the corner V-stitches, do not skip spaces, so that there are Shells in 5 v-stitches in a row with the 3rd being in the corner v-stitch. Join in the third chain of the first shell of the round. Do not turn.

Rounds 2 and 3 can be repeated to desired width. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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39 Comments to “No Beginning Chain Basket Pattern Throw”

  1. I have been crocheting for many years, on again off again. I have just recently discovered that I really love it!. I am so excited to try this No Beginning Chain Basket Pattern Throw! I will let you know how I do. I love your tutorials as well

  2. Love this one, will try it using something in the blue/green colors. Feeling like the ocean.

  3. This pattern is beautiful. I have started it 3 times and it keeps “ruffling” on me. I’m not sure where I am going wrong. Following the instructions as it says, but I can’t figure out if it’s the shell row or V row that is throwing me off.. PLEASEEEEEEEE help….

  4. I have ripped out back to finishing the first row of V stitches (row 2)

  5. I love this pattern! It is working up beautifully with Caron One Pound “Baby”. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful patterns with us and for taking time to make the video tutorials too!

  6. I made this as a prayer shawl and it got rave reviews. It’s a quick stitch. Love it & thanks for sharing!

  7. It was great to learn this method. Thanks. Will start a project today using which I learned.

  8. I’m fairly new to crocheting, but I have a difficult time “finishing off” at the end & making it look good. I have even checked out beginning basic instructions & have found nothing for this. Can you help.? I love your “No Beginning Chain” patterns & have made the Granny Ripple & just finished the Basket pattern as a baby blanket with the border & that’s where I’m at now. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful patterns & ideas.

    • I have a way I “finish off” that is my own way. I don’t know that it is necessarily the best. After the last stitch, I make an extra chain stitch. Then I cut the yarn with several inches left and pull the end through that loop. I push that knot close to the work to tighten. I then take a yarn needle and work the end into the piece. I try to put the needle through so that I see it the least both front and back so that the end is in the middle of the stitches.

  9. I know you have already had this question, but I have been over and over the patteren and the Video, but I keep get the same thing, it starts curling down towards the 1st roll beginning roll starting with the third roll. I have torn this out about 10 times now and studied both patteren and video, but no luck. I thank you for any help you may have.

    • Could you send me a picture of what is happening? Send to mama at thetucker dot com.

      • I started this again to take a picture of it, and for some reason it came out alright this time. I am going to keep this part for a sample, as I don’t know what went wrong before.
        Thank you for answering me back, I think I can get it now.

  10. I am a seasoned crocheter and make versions of my own patterns, I have never seen your version and will definitely be trying this soon. Thanks for all these ideas.

  11. I would love to have the pattern, but don’t want to copy all that I would get, printing it.


  13. You patterns are beautiful and when you email them they are in a nice format but it would be so much easier if you would put them into a ibook format.

    Thank you,

    • Hi, Kathy. I’m so glad you enjoy the patterns! Improving the printing, emailing and saving of patterns is something I’m looking into at the moment, but unfortunately the iBook format has a lot of restrictions around it and can only be saved on a Mac, which I don’t have. I’ve considered offering ebook versions of patterns (or groups of patterns) but I’m not yet sure which formats will be most universally helpful.

      Thanks for the suggestion, and I’ll let you know what I come up with.

      • 1)I love you designs thanks for sharing them especially for free.

        • New here – found one of your patterns (Lacy V-Stitch Throw) on “Hooked on Crochet” site.
          Do you send out email “updates” when you post new?

          I’d love to be on your mailing list if you do…but I do ask – please do NOT post my email.
          Thank you for sharing all these beautiful patterns! Your hard work is greatly appreciated!

  14. i’m on the next to the last row of the border, row 2, and i noticed that each “corner” is a little bit different,the stitches seem to fall a little bit different is the best way to explain it, ….is this right? also too, im getting a slight ruffle, will this fix itself on the next (last border row)? im using regular worsted weight and appropriate hook.

    thanks for your help!

    • It definitely gets ruffly as you add more rows. As for the stitches falling differently, the intent was for each corner to be right at the corner and to look the same to either side. If you think something isn’t working out, you could send me a picture and I can take a look.

      • I’m certainly no expert, but I wonder if Loretta sees that stitches on opposite corners would be done “opposite” in order for that corner to work. (If that makes sense to you.)

  15. I just finished this pattern today in the xlarge size for a gift. It came out beautiful. Thank you so much for the patterns and videos.

  16. Your afghans are so beautiful and I truly appreciate that you offer the patterns for them free to us. This one, in particular, is absolutely gorgeous. What colors did you use for this one? I would like to make one the same color. Thank you.

    Bonnie Fryar

    • This yarn has unfortunately been discontinued. It is Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Boucle Patterns in the color 1080 Red/Camel. The Sensations line has been replaced by a line called Purl Essence but the colors all changed.

  17. Love this pattern always had trouble making afghans with bulky yarn this worked up fast and perfect. Thank you looking forward to more patterns!!

  18. I absolutely love this pattern. I can crochet my little heart out without having to count rows, so it is very meditative. I just started the border, and it is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  19. Hi heather , love your just crochet things, and love these blankets etc here too, but unfortunatly not in uk terms, if sc is uk dc. Dc is uk treble, what would your treble / triple be in uk terms please. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful baby patterns, being a farely new starter to crochet i find your patterns the only ines i can understand.

  20. Love your work heather, baby patterns are beautiful and easy t follow even for me being farely new to crochet. Just seen these blankets etc are yiurs too, can you tell me briefly if your sc is uk dc, .. your dc is uk treble,…. what would your treble/triple be in uk terms. I love these patterns on here but changing to uk frazzles my brain lol. Thanks again heather for your beautiful baby patterns.

  21. Hello,
    Your patterns look very interesting and when I have more time (probably in the summer) I will give them a try. Here’s a suggestion: could you use lighter color yarn in your photographs? It might be easier to see the stitches.
    Thank you!

  22. Hi
    this is first time that I have come accross a pattern without the starting chain, seems very interesting,,, going to start right away….thankyou for posting this pattern. want to post my work after it is done, please guide how do I do it ?

    • I don’t currently have a forum for posting photos, but you can post a link in the comments if you have a place to post photos.

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