This tutorial shows how you can weave this basket with biscuit knot. This lunch box basket that is woven with base and without running wire, grows quickly and can be made in 2 to 3 days.
To make this basket, you have to know to weave the biscuit knot/ quad stitch. This knot is slightly more complicated than the box knot/ square knot.
Green wire – 24 pieces – 3.20 meters each
White wire– 24 pieces – 3.20 meters each
Each biscuit knot needs 4 wires. With the cut pieces, make 6 green and 6 white knots and keep them ready.
Weaving basket’s base
Now we will join these knots to form the middle row of the basket’s base. Future rows in the base will be added equally on both sides of this row.
Place 2 knots near each other as shown below.
You can see wires crossing each other above and below. Make a knot with the 4 wires above.
Make another knot with the wires below.
Now place another white knot near this and join just like we did above – one knot above and one knot below.
3 white knots have been joined.
Make another set with 3 more knots.
Join the 6 green knots together.
Arrange the joined knots as shown below and join them.
All knots have been joined together.
The base has 3 rows now.
We want a base that has 7 rows. So we will increase the width of the base by adding 2 rows above the middle row and 2 rows below the middle row. We won’t be using running wire in this basket. So we will be making knots with wires that cross each other.
Make a row of knots with wires that cross each other. Ignore the parallel wires at the edges. They will be knotted in future for turning the basket’s corners.
One row of knots have been added above the middle row. Add one more row of knots below the middle row.
The base has 5 rows.
Since we want a base with 7 rows, add one more row above and one row below the middle row.
Now the base has 7 rows and we are ready to turn the corner. The basket will grow in height only after the base has been turned.
This step is important so if you make a mistake in this, the basket will not come out well.
We have to turn the corner in 4 places.
Find these 4 parallel wires and make a knot with them.
Usually in biscuit knot, the gaps formed between knots will be square in shape. Now the gap formed below the knot you just made will be triangle in shape.
Turn the second corner below the first corner. The yellow arrow points to the place where you have to do this.
Two corners have been turned.
Other two corners will turned at the other end of the base.
After turning the 4 corners, you will find that the base is curling up at the edges. This is normal.
Weaving the sides of the basket
The base has been turned and the difficult part is done. Now the basket will increase in height. To weave the sides of the basket, find wires that intersect each other and start making knots.
As you can see above, the edges of the base had parallel wires initially but now they have green wires that are crossing the white wires.
Make knots with the two sets of green wires.
Other edge of the base will look like this.
Continue weaving the basket by weaving knots with wires that cross each other like the English letter X.
Close up view of the spot where you should add a knot.
The white diamond in the base will curl up and part of it will form the side of the basket.
So the base of the basket will look like now with two half diamonds at the ends.
Basket is growing.
One side is almost done.
Both sides almost done. Just a few more knots remaining.
The top edge of the basket will curl like this. But once you insert the excess wire inside, it will become stiff.
Once you reach the desired height, tuck in the excess wire like this. The wires have to travel in a diagonal fashion or they will be seen outside through the square holes in the basket.
Basket is done. The size will be suitable for lunch box and water bottle.
Biscuit knot/ quad stitch basket made with base and without running wire.