This tutorial shows how you can weave a 6 stranded braid using plastic wire. This plastic wire handle for baskets is cylindrical/ tubular and is surprisingly much easier than the 4 stranded braid.
Use 6 strands only if you want to use 6 different colors. Decide the length of the handle and each of these six strands will be 2.5 times the length of the handle.
IMPORTANT: Typically, you should use 3 strands measuring 5 times the length of the handle. Pass the 3 wires through the basket and fold them into half and you will have 6 strands.
To make this tutorial easier to follow, I am using 6 different colors.
Make them into two groups of three. This handle is very easy and involves only 2 steps that will be repeated again and again.
Wrap the right most/ last wire (pink) in the right side group behind all the other 5 wires as shown below.
Next, fold it and bring it back to the right side. But when bringing it back, it will be woven with the 3 wires in the left side group.
So make it pass over (yellow), under (red) and over (green) and the wire has now come back and joined the right side group of wires. It started as the last wire in the group and after step 1, it will be the first wire in the right side group.
We will now repeat the same procedure for the left most / first wire (yellow) in the left side group.
Bring the yellow wire to the right side as shown above. Next, bring it back to the left side by weaving it through the 3 wires on the right side group.
So go over (blue), under (white) and over (pink) and it now becomes the 3rd wire in the left side group.
At this stage, your basket handle will look like this. Keep repeating the two steps again and again.
Handle is growing.
For this demo, I took 6 wires that were 80 cms long and the handle was slightly more than 40 cms long. If you are going to take just 3 wires and fold them into two, then each of those 3 wires should be 160 cms long to get a handle that is 40 cms long.
This is how the 6 stranded braid and 4 stranded braid look side by side. 6 stranded braid is more suitable if you are using 3 colors.
Variations of the handle
I am adding a couple of variations of this handle below.
This is how the handle will look if two colors are used. I have used 3 whites on the left and 3 pink on the right.
You can also use 3 different colors.
3 variations of this braid side by side. Which one is your favorite?