This weaving tutorial shows how you can weave this biscuit knot basket using running wire.
This is slightly more difficult than the biscuit knot basket that is made by cross weaving without running wire.
Here is a very detailed tutorial for biscuit knot in case you are not familiar with the knot. In that page, I have shown how you can weave the biscuit knot as well as use running wire. You have to know this to make this basket.
Cut wire pieces that are 2.25 meters long (Maroon: 12 pieces and cream:10 pieces).
This knot requires two running wires. You can use both ends of same bundle or use two bundles.
If you are following the same pattern, you will need running wire in both colors.
Leave 1.15 meters free in running wires and start adding the cut pieces one by one. Two cut pieces will be required for each knot.
In the picture above, you can see that I have used two cream wires for first knot and then two maroon wires for the next knot.
Once you are done adding all the wire pieces, leave 1.15 meters again and cut the running wires. The line that we just completed is the middle row of the base. All other rows have to be added above and below this.
Mark both ends of the first row with a knot as shown below. This will help you identify the middle row.
I have added 3 more rows (2 above and 1 below). As you can see below I have changed running wire color for each row.
Base of the basket is complete. I am stopping with 4 rows because I have less wire. The length that I have mentioned above will be enough for a base with 6 to 7 rows. So if you want a basket with a wider base, you can add a few more rows.
Now we are ready to add the walls of the basket. Start making knots with running wire. You can start anywhere you want.
Make one full row around the base. When you reach a corner, just continue to weave knots and you will see triangle shaped holes forming. Each basket will have 4 corners which means 4 triangle shaped holes
First row around the base is done and now it is time to end it properly before starting the next row.
To join the first and the last knot of this row, loosen the first knot a little as shown below.
First pull the two wires down and then pull the 2 loops up as shown below.
Now fold the two running wires into the two loops.
Tighten the first knot again and now we have to pass the two wires of the first knot through the running wires.
Pull everything tight and you can see that the running wire is now connected to the first knot.
As you can see below, the running wire is now coming out of the first knot and the first and last knots of this row are joined together seamlessly.
Weave the 3 inch wire ends into the neighboring knot and take them to the backside.
If you have difficulty with this type of finishing each row, you can refer to the detailed tutorial for this in the pumpkin shaped basket page or you can simply skip this step and start next round as we do in classic basket.
Now it is time to start the next row. There are two scenarios now.
1. If you are going to use the same color running wire,
Bring the running wire around to the front by wrapping it behind the wire and now the running wire is in position to start the next row.
Make a knot with the next two wires and continue one full round.
If you are going to change the running wire color in the second row (like I did), you have to introduce the next color now.
You don’t have to cut the running wire for each row. You can carry them over from one row to another on the back side.
When second row is done, join the first knot and last knot in that row just like we did to complete the first round.
Basket is growing in height.
This basket is harder because the two running wires will get tangled a lot. So unwind them frequently.
Once the basket reaches the desired height, you can weave in the ends on the back side as shown below.
Biscuit knot basket with running wires is ready.