This tutorial shows how you can weave this zigzag handle (/முறுக்கு கூடை கைப்பிடி) for plastic wire baskets. This handle has one running wire that weaves around 2 or more guide wires.
Typically, we will be using the same color wires but I am using two different colors for the sake of clarity.
The two yellow wires have to be 50% longer than the desired length of the handle. These will form the backbone of the handle and the running wire will weave around these two. For thicker and stronger handle, use more than 1 yellow wire on both sides.
The pink wire is the running wire so there is no need to cut a piece from the wire bundle. You will be needing lots of it depending on the length of your handle. A typical basket handle will require at least 3 meters.
To avoid mistakes and to make perfect knots, keep the guide wires traveling away from you and keep the running wire traveling towards you as shown in the image above.
To weave this zigzag handle, we will be making loops around the two guide wires. You simply have to repeat the 2 steps that I have shown below till you reach the desired length.
Make a loop with running wire as shown below.
Note how the loop is above the yellow wire and also travelling in clockwise direction.
I find that it is easier if this loop is made using the left hand.
Using your index finger, pull the yellow wire on the left through the loop.
Then tighten the loop.
Close up view of the knot.
In step 2, we will wrap running wire around the other yellow wire on the right.
Note how this loop is also above the yellow wire but in this case, the wire is traveling in anticlockwise direction
Next, pull the yellow wire through the loop.
At this stage, your handle will look like this (See image below).
Continue weaving the handle by repeating the two steps again and again.
Lets do the first step again.
Repeating the second step now.
Continue the steps and the basket handle will grow.
There is one mistake that has to be avoided. If you do not maintain steady tension on the wire and make the knots loose, the basket handle wire will become wider and flatter. The next two images will show how that will look like.
So keep the guide wires close to each other to prevent this from happening.
Basket handle is growing.
I am going to show the two steps one more time.
We are going to do step 1 now.
Let’s do step 2 now.
The backside of the handle will look like this.