This tutorial shows how you can weave this lacy basket with hexagon and triangle shaped holes ( அறுங்கோணம் கூடை)
- 18 wire pieces – 2.25 meters (~7 and 1/2 feet)
- 10 wire pieces – 2.5 meters (~8 and 1/2 feet)
- Running wire – Half bundle
Here is the video tutorial for this basket. The photo tutorial is below this video.
This video is in English.
தமிழ் வீடியோ (Tamil video) – watch Tamil video
हिन्दी वीडियो (Hindi video) – Watch Hindi video
Weaving base of the basket
With the 18 wire pieces (2.25 meters), make box knots. You will have 9 knots now.
These 9 knots will be the middle row of the base.
Now we will join them together with a running wire.
Leave 115 cms running wire free and add the knots to the running wire.
While joining the 9 knots, leave the first and last wire free so you will only get 16 knots in this row. Yellow arrows point to 1st and last wires that have been ignored in this row.
Make a knot on both sides of the running wire for identification purposes. You can use this wire to measure and cut all future running wire rows.
Add another similar row with running wire on the other side of the 9 knots.
In this basket, if one row is made with running wire, the other row will be made without running wire.
So make knots and you will have 8 knots.
We started with 9 knots and now we have 8. This is how it will be. The base will reduce in width.
So if you want a basket that is broader than mine, start with more than 9 knots.
Next line will be made with running wire. Again, we will skip the first and last wire.
The next line will be made with no running wire and we will have 7 knots.
Continue till you have 5 rows of hexagons and the 18 knots from first row have now reduced to 8 knots (right most end in picture below)
Half the base is done. Repeat the same for other side of base also and you will have a hexagon.
The base of the basket will not be a hexagon. It will be converted to a rectangle when we turn the 4 corners.
Now that the base is done, we will start weaving around all 6 sides of this shape that we have created.
Next row will be without running wire.
Now we are ready to turn the corner. We will be using 2 running wires for each row.
One will travel on the left side (yellow) and one will travel on the right side (blue).
So we start from the middle of the base on the left first with the running wire. For this, we will use the 2.5 meters long cut pieces (10 numbers) that we have ready.
Start from the middle of the base on the left and one wire travels up to till the yellow arrow and the other wire travels down till the yellow arrow.
Next repeat the same for the right side (blue line) as shown below.
Start from middle of the base on right and one end of the running wire goes up and other end of running wire goes down. The running wire from left and from the right will meet each other and you will get a hexagon there as shown below.
At the end of this step, you would have created 4 pentagons (2 on the left and 2 on the right). These will be the 4 corners of the basket.
After this, we have to increase the height of the basket. All new wires will be added on the sides of the basket and brought to the center exactly like we did to turn the corners. So one running wire will come from left and one will come from right and they both will meet to form hexagons.
After 3 rows, the basket will be tall like this.
Height after 5 rows.
I stopped with 5 rows. You can add more rows if you want. This is the capacity of the basket if you stop with 5 rows.
After 5 rows, add one row without running wire as usual.
Then we will add 3 rows with running wire but we won’t be creating hexagon shaped holes in these 3 rows. These 3 rows will give additional strength to the basket rim.
I am using green for these 3 rows. Leave 25 cms free and starting from the tallest point of the basket, go half a round around the basket as shown below.
Then leave 25 cms and cut the green running wire.
Repeat the same procedure from other side for other half of that round.
The 2 green wires will meet and form a hexagon.
We are forced to use 2 running wires (one for each half of the basket) because we want to create hexagon shaped holes throughout the basket. If we use running wire like we usually do with baskets and go full rounds around the base, we will be creating pentagons and not hexagons.
For the 2nd row of running wire, we simply go full round like regular baskets. So leave 3 to 4 inches free and start the round anywhere you want.
Once that round is done, start the 3rd round. If you do not know how to start and end rows of basket, please check the pumpkin basket where I have taught the ladder stitch in detail. Adding that here is impossible and will make this tutorial too long.
There is a slight problem with this basket. It curls upon itself. So for the 3rd round ( last round), include a piece of wire when you make the knots so that it travels on the backside of the row along with the running wire as shown below.
Green wire is the running wire and on the back you will have another wire traveling behind the knots as shown above.
As you can see below, the parts where we have added the third round are stiffer and stronger then the other parts of the basket.
Now insert the excess wire behind the knots. The beauty of this basket is the hexagon shaped holes. So make sure you are not hiding them when inserting the wire ends.
Pass the wire ends through as many knots as you can as this will give additional strength to the basket.
Pull through and then cut the end if necessary.
Basket handles will be in a separate tutorial.