This tutorial has step by step pictures showing how you can weave this star pattern basket with plastic wire.
In Tamil, this basket is called அறுகோண கூடை (that translates to 6 angles basket) because of the hexagon shaped holes. Two different colors can be used to form hexagrams / star shape formed with two equilateral triangles.
I have used yellow and purple wires. They are 2.5 meters each. The base of my basket is narrow so if you want a wider base, take 2.75 meters.
To make the exact same basket that I have shown below, you will need 9 purple wires and 16 yellow wires.
This basket is not for beginners as some rows are made with running wires and some are made without running wires. It can get little difficult if this is your very first basket.
Other than the cut wires, we will be needing running wire in both colors.
If you like following patterns, then this basket is for you. We will be repeating 6 lines again and again.
Making the base of the basket
Important: I have kept the base very narrow in my basket to save wire for other tutorials.
Pattern for base:
Now we will be joining the cut wires one by one to the running wire. We will be adding the cut wires in this pattern
- One purple followed by 2 yellows.
- We start and end with purple.
Similarly the running wires will also follow a pattern. The running wire for the first line will be purple. Allow 1.25 meters free and then make a knot with a purple wire like shown below. The horizontal wire is the running wire. To learn how to make this box knot / square knot, check this tutorial.
Next add a yellow wire to the running wire. Follow the pattern mentioned above – one purple and two yellow.
Allow 1.25 meters running wire and cut the running wire.
Important: This will be the middle line of the base. All other lines will be added equally on both sides of this middle line.
The running lines will also follow a pattern. The next two lines will have yellow running wires.
Add two more lines using yellow running wire on the other side of the first (or middle line)
You can continue to add lines on both sides (following the pattern) till you get the desirable width.
Weaving sides of the basket
Next we will be weaving 3 rows using purple running wire. These 3 lines are optional and are added as a border at the top and bottom. If you don’t like it, you can skip this part.
Leave 3 inches free and start making knots. You can start anywhere but I am starting it on the side of the basket where it will be better hidden.
When you come to a corner, continue making the knots. A triangle will be formed when the corner is turned.
Triangles will be formed in all four corners of the base. Here is the second triangle.
Once the first round is done, continue to next round.
You can tuck in the end of the wire by weaving it through the back side of the knots.
3 rounds complete.
Now we will be start weaving the star pattern. For the star pattern, we will be following a pattern that has 6 lines. For each basket, we will be repeating the 6 rows three or four times.
|Row number||Has running wire?||Pattern of knots that will be repeated in the row|
|1||No running wire||1 yellow knot followed by 2 mixed color knots|
|2||Yellow running wire||4 yellow knots followed by 2 mixed color knots|
|3||No running wire||2 yellow knots followed by 1 purple color knot|
|4||Yellow running wire||4 yellow knots followed by 2 mixed color knots|
|5||No Running wire||1 yellow knot followed by 2 mixed color knots|
|6||Purple running wire||1 purple knot followed by 2 mixed color knots|
Lets get started with the 6 rows now.
No running wire for this row. Join two yellow wires to form a yellow knot. Continue making knots all around.
yellow running wire will be used for this row. Leave 3 inches free (will be tucked in later) and start making knots.
Hexagon shaped holes will be formed. The knots formed in this row will have this pattern – 4 yellow color knots followed by 2 mixed color knots. Before going to next row, check for this pattern.
Close up look.
When the row is complete, cut the running wire and tuck in the two ends into the adjacent knot as shown below.
Pull tight to close the row and form a triangle shaped hole. The pattern formed in this row will be four yellow knots followed by two mixed color knots.
No running wire for this row. Start this row by making knots with yellow wires so you have 2 pure yellow knots like shown below. Then continue making knots with the rest of the wires.
This row will look like this. Pattern will be two yellow knots followed by one purple knot.
Yellow running wire will be used for this. The knots will have this pattern – 4 yellow knots followed by 2 mixed color knots.
4th row complete.
No running wire for this row. Start by making a yellow knot with the 2nd and 3rd yellow wire. Then continue making knots with the rest of the wires.
Row 5 completed.
Basket is growing in height
Purple running wire will be used for the 6th and final row of this pattern.
As usual, cut the running wire and tuck it into the adjacent knot as shown below.
Pull tight. Then take the wire to the back side and weave the ends behind the knots.
Once the 6 rows are completed, we will repeat the pattern again till the basket reaches the desired height.
The next row of stars will be placed like bricks on a wall (stars are not stacked directly on top of each other).
So start with a repetition of row 1 but make sure you get the pure yellow knot in the correct place.
Repeat row 2 – Yellow running wire.
Repeat row 3: No running wire
Repeat row 4: Yellow running wire.
Repeat row 5: No running wire.
Repeat row 6: Purple running wire
Basket is growing
End with 4 rows using purple running wire.
The last row will be pulled in when you tuck in the excess wire so only 3 rows will be visible.
Once you complete 4 rows with purple running wire, leave 3 inches and cut running wire.
Now we have to tuck in the excess wire.
Weave the ends through the 3rd knot and then weave it through a few more knots so that it does not come out later.
When you weave the wires, pull it so that the 4th row gets pulled inwards. As you can see in the picture below (on the right side on the image), the 4th row has been pulled inward.
Star pattern basket is ready.
This laptop bag was made by Nishant Madhan, a student @ NIFT, Hyderabad. He made it with paracord instead of plastic wire.
Many people sent me message asking where to buy plastic wire for basket weaving.
Paracord might not be as stiff as plastic wire but it can be used for weaving. For those living in America, walmart and amazon has this.