This tutorial shows how you can weave this pumpkin shaped basket with plastic wire and tubes.
The basket has a square base with checkered pattern. The basket will increase in girth and then decrease again. This change in circumference is dependent on the length of the tubes that are used.
As seen in the image added below, a pumpkin’s equatorial diameter will be greater than its polar diameter meaning it will be flattened at the poles. For the basket’s shape to closely mimic the shape of a pumpkin, we have to start with a square shaped base rather than the usual rectangle base.
1. Cut wire pieces: Cut 18 pieces of wire that are 2.25 meters each. Since I have used two different colors, I have used 9 Dark orange pieces and 9 yellow pieces.
This is a rather big basket. To increase/ decrease the size of the basket, you can increase or decrease the number of wires but you have to choose a number that is divisible by 3 so that the tubes are equidistant from each other.
2. Running wire: We will also require orange and yellow running wires.
3. Tubes – These tubes can be purchased in shops that sell plastic wire. They come in different colors and can be cut easily with scissors. Usually we will be able to replace tubes with beads but for this basket we won’t be able to use beads as we will be cutting tubes into different lengths. However, if you can manage to score similar looking beads in different lengths, you can use them. I have never seen beads that are the same width but different length.
Weaving the pumpkin shaped basket’s base
We will make the base first. Like I mentioned above, the base will be square shaped with 18 rows and 18 columns.
The pattern in which we add the cut wires pieces to the running wire in the base will decide how the basket’s sides will look. So be careful to follow the pattern when weaving the first row of the base.
To create the checkered pattern in the base, add the cut pieces in this pattern – 3 wire pieces of first color followed by 3 wires pieces of second color.
So let’s get started with the basket’s base.
Fold the cut pieces and keep them ready or you can fold one at a time.
Start with orange running wire, leave 1.10 meters (110 cms) free and start adding the cut wire pieces following this pattern – 3 yellow wires, 3 orange wires, 3 yellow wires, 3 orange wires …..
If you don’t know how to weave the box knot, check this tutorial.
Once you have added all the cut pieces, you will have 18 knots in this row. Leave 1.10 meters again and cut the running wire.
Note: This first row will be the middle row of the base. All other rows have to be added above or below this row.
Mark this first row with a knot at both ends so that it is easily identifiable.
Since the base will have 18 rows, we will be adding 8 rows above this middle row and 9 rows below this middle row. (8 above + middle row + 9 below = 18 total rows).
Add two more rows above this middle row with orange as running wire. This has to be done just like you did the first row.
Now it is time to change color of running wire. Next 3 rows are made with yellow running wires.
Next make 3 more rows with orange as running wire. As of now, we have added 8 rows above the middle row.
Now it is time to add 9 rows on the other side of the middle row. They will also follow the same pattern.
So make 3 rows with yellow as running wire. Next make 3 rows with orange as running wire. And finally make 3 rows with yellow as running wire.
So now your base should have a square shape with 18 rows of knots on all 4 sides and this is how the base will look at this point.
Weaving sides of basket
Now we are ready to weave the sides of the basket. This is how we will be weaving this basket.
|Number of rows||Tubes length||Running wire color|
|3 rows||No tubes||Orange|
|3 rows||1 cm long tubes||Yellow|
|3 rows||1.5 cm long tubes||Yellow|
|3 rows||1 cm long tubes||Yellow|
|1 row (optional)||0.5 cm long tubes||Yellow|
|3 rows||No tubes||Yellow|
|2 rows||No tubes||Orange|
The first 3 rows will be made with orange as running wire. You can start any where and continue weaving around the square base.
Continue weaving around the corners.
All 4 corners will have triangle shaped holes.
First row is completed.
To end the row properly (to fill the gap between the first and the last knot and to connect the two knots seamlessly), you can do the following steps before starting new row.
This method is called the ladder stitch and looks better as each row is completed perfectly before next row is started. This is very simple and not as hard as it sounds. Do try it a few times and you will get the hang of it. Loosen the first knot as shown below.
Once you loosen the first knot, you will be able to pull up a loop as shown below.
Fold the running wire and pass it through this loop.
As you can see, the first knot’s wire is travelling up. Pull it down and pass it through the running wire’s loop.
After this step, the first knot’s wire will be passing through 2 loops.
We are all done. Tighten the first knot and
then pull the running wire.
Weave the end of the starting wire into the adjacent knot as shown below.
Now both the knots have been tied together and there won’t be any gap.
Continue to weave the second row as usual.
Backside will look like this.
Continue as usual with second row. As you can see in the image below, the first and the last knots of the previous row have been seamlessly joined together. End each row as I have shown above.
3 rows have been completed.
Next we will change color and start using tubes. So cut the running wire and weave its ends into adjacent knot.
Cut 1 cm long tube pieces.
For my basket, I needed 24 pieces per row. Since I am going to weave 3 rows with 1 cm long tube pieces, I have to take the necessary number of pieces (24 x 3) and add them to the running wire . Start weaving a row as usual and after 3 knots, pull up a tube.
3 rows have been completed.
Weave the next 3 rows with 1.5 cm long tubes. This will further increase the circumference of the basket.
Once this is done, it is time to start reducing the size. So next 3 rows will have 1 cm long tubes and the basket will begin to take the shape of a pumpkin.
You can add an optional row with 0.5 cm long tubes if you want. This will make it easier to weave the next row that will be done without tubes.
All rows that require tubes have been completed.
Next 3 rows will be made with yellow running wire without tubes.
And finally I added two more rows with orange running wire. Tuck in the excess wire and pumpkin shaped basket is ready.
Basket is done.