If you are weaving a basket with many colors, then a handle made with this 8 stranded braid will be ideal. In this handle, the wires will form the chevron pattern / herringbone pattern/ V shape.
There is another 8 stranded braid tutorial in this blog. You can see how the two handles differ from each other. I have placed them side by side in the picture below. Note how the braid on the left has harlequin pattern(/diamonds) and the one on the right has a chevron pattern/ herringbone pattern (V shape).
To make the 4 colors pop, I am using white wires as the background. So we will be taking 4 white wires and 4 colored ones.
Each of these 8 pieces will be twice the length of the handle plus an additional 5 inches.
I added this rainbow handle for the wheat knot flower vase. Here is the video tutorial. Written tutorial is below this.
The procedure has 2 simple steps that have to be repeated again and again till you reach the desired length.
We have two groups of 4 wires each. Bring the 1st/ leftmost wire in the left group, to the right side.
Wrap it around and under the first two wires in the right side group.
So the white wire will go over and under the pink and blue wire and it will come back to the left group and become the 4th/ last wire in the left side group.
In the next step, the last wire/ right most wire in the right side group does the same thing – Yellow wire in this demo.
It travels to the left side and wraps around and under the last 2 wires in the left side group and comes back to its own group. So this yellow wire now becomes the first wire in the right side group.
That is it. We just have to repeat the two steps again and again.
Next, the first white wire in the left group will wrap around and under the first two wires (blue and yellow) in the right side group.
After that, the last wire in the right side group (green) will now travel left and wrap around and under the last two wires of the left group.
Once the wires are pulled tight and you weave a few rows, you can see the shape of the handle forming as shown in the picture below.
Note how the wires are wrapping around but coming back to their group always. So white will always stay in the left side and the colored wires will always stay in the right side group.
Also note how in the picture above, the back side of the wire is facing you. That is how it should be.
Backside of the handle will also be identical (shown below).
Continue till you reach the desired length.
Do check out other handles in this blog.