This tutorial shows how you can weave a basket with Jasmine knot/ Jackfruit knot ( also called பலா முள் கூடை / முல்லை மொட்டு முடிச்சு கூடை in Tamil).
This basket is made without running wire so we will be cross weaving the knots. The knots are called jackfruit knots because they resemble the spikes on the surface of a jackfruit. The knots also resemble a jasmine bud, the fragrant buds of Jasminum multiflorum to be precise. So the knots are also called Jasmine knots.
The surface of the basket will look like this. Well! I don’t think it is advisable to carry this in a crowded place. :D
As you can see in the picture above, to weave this knot, we will be using two knots
- Box knot – base of the basket
- Jackfruit knot – for the walls of the basket.
If you are not familiar with these knots, I have added links to both the written (photo) tutorial and video tutorials where you can learn to
- to weave box knot
- to weave jasmine/ jackfruit knots
- to cross weave and join two knots
Those things will not be taught again in this page. Check these tutorials if you need help with any of these steps.
The method used is quite similar to other baskets that are woven without running wire. Jackfruit knot can be slightly more difficult than basic square knot or box knot. So if this is you very first basket and you want something simpler, try these first
Now let’s proceed to the next step in this tutorial.
I have used 2 different colors. You can use as many colors as you want. To make the exact same basket, take
- Purple – 26 pieces – 3.5 meters each
- Yellow – 26 pieces – 3.5 meters each
Jackfruit knot basket weaving method
Weaving basket’s base
We will be making the base of the basket with regular basic knot (also called square knot or box knot). You can make the base also with jasmine knot if that is what you want.
Make square knots with 20 purple cut pieces and 20 yellow cut pieces. The rest of the wire pieces will be added later so keep them aside.
With 2o purple pieces, you would have made 10 purple knots and with 20 yellow pieces, you would have made 10 yellow knots. These will be placed next to each other and joined when wires cross each other. As mentioned above, tutorial for these knots and how they are joined have been given above so they will not be repeated again.
You can join the knots in any pattern that you want. I am joining all the yellow knots first and then joining all the purples knots.
All 20 knots have been joined. To make the base wider, we have to add more rows above and below this base. To do this, where ever you find wires crisscrossing each other as shown below, make a knot with those two wires.
One more row has been added above and below the middle row.
The base will grow into a hexagon shape as shown below.
I stopped when the base is 7 rows wide on each side. If you want to make the base wider, you have to take longer wire pieces.
Before we proceed to weave the wall of the basket, we have to make the base into a rectangle. So we will be adding the left over wire pieces now.
The first new wire will be added to the 4th wire (or middle wire) of the slope. So fold it into half and make a knot as shown below.
Now proceed to make two knots on each side. So this row will have a total of 5 knots. The red lines show how this row is made to match the rest of the base.
Now we have 5 knots in the slope and we will add one more new wire to the middle (3rd) knot as show below.
Add one knot on each side of this knot to make this row so this row matches in height with the rest of the base.
We have added 2 new wires so far and now we will add the 3rd and final wire. The last row in the slope will have 3 knots. Fold the wire into half and make a knot with it and the wire coming out of the 2nd knot.
One corner of the base is done.
We have to repeat the same for all the other 3 corners to create a rectangle base. For my base, I had to add 3 new wires for each corner. If you base is broader than mine, you will have to add more new wires to create the rectangle.
All 4 corners of the base has been done.
Now we are ready to weave the walls of the basket.
Turning 4 corners of the basket
To weave the basket’s wall, we have to turn the corners of the base. Only then the basket will start growing vertically.
In the base that we just made, there will be wires crisscrossing each other at the corner (between 1st and 2nd knot)
Make a jasmine knot (jackfruit knot)
Now there are 2 parallel wires near it. Make a jackfruit knot with them.
A triangle shaped hole will be formed. One corner has been turned.
All 4 corners must be turned before you start weaving the walls of the basket.
Repeat for the other end also.
Weaving walls of basket
Now all we have to do is whenever you find 2 wires crisscrossing each other as shown below, make a knot with them.
As you continue to add knots, the basket will grow taller and taller.
After a few rows.
This knot takes longer than regular box knot so this basket will grow slower than that basket. It is faster if you weave the basket in a slope as shown below.
Pick one wire and use it as running wire and go up the slope.
After a few more rows.
This basket also curls a lot.
So once your basket reaches the desired height, turn it inside out to make it easier to tuck in the excess wires.
Jackfruit knot basket is done.