A few weeks ago, one of my
reeders readers told me about a basket she had seen while shopping. It had jingle bells sandwiched in the double base of the basket.
She was intrigued by the basket but not quite sure how this was accomplished, so I promised I would try to figure it out and then post a tutorial.
While I was at it, I thought I would just create a new pattern and share it with you. This would make a really cute Christmas gift basket or decoration for the Holidays!
The basket is 6" in diameter at the base and is 5" tall.
So here we go! I call this my
Jingle Bell Basket
3/8" flat natural - spokes and weavers
3/8" flat dyed red - spokes
1/4" flat oval, natural - weavers
1/4" flat, dyed green -weavers
#2 round reed, dyed red -triple twining accent
#2 round reed, natural - twining the base
Several small (1/4") jingle bells
From the 3/8" flat natural, cut 6 spokes @ 24" long. Also cut 6 spokes from the 3/8" flat red @24" long.
Mark the centers on all spokes. Soak the spokes and two long lengths of #2 round, natural.
Lay out the six 3/8" natural spokes in a wheel pattern, centers lined up.
Begin twining as close as possible to the centers with one of the pieces of #2 natural RR for about 7 rows, or until the diameter of the base measures 4". End twining.
Repeat this process with the 3/8" flat red reed spokes and #2 natural RR. End twining.
You will have two separate bases, each 4" in diameter.
Punch up the center of the base with the red spokes as much as possible. Leave the other one flat.
Place a few jingle bells on the middle of the first base. (I used 5)
Take the second base and lay it on top of the first, with the red spokes between the natural spokes.
Take another long piece of #2 RR and begin twining the two bases together, Twine together for about 5 more rows, or until the diameter of the base measures 6". End twining.
Your base will now look like this:
Weaving the sides:
Weave 6 rows start/stop weaving with 1/4" flat oval, natural.
Weave one row with 1/4" flat green in a zig-zag pattern as shown below:
Begin on the outside of any spoke.
Bring the weaver over the next spoke to the right of the starting spoke, take it to the inside of the basket, loop it around the back of the second spoke, towards the left, and come back out to the left of that spoke:
Continue this pattern all the way around. You will always be going in front of two spokes, then looping the reed backwards around the second spoke. When you get back to where you started, bring the reed over the starting spoke, overlapping it, and tuck to the inside of the basket as shown:
Next, weave one row of triple twining with the #2 red RR, and one row of reverse triple twining, also with #2 red RR.
(This creates an "arrow" pattern.)
Weave one row with 3/8" flat natural.
Weave one more row of triple twining and one row of reverse triple twining with the #2 red RR.
Weave another row of zig-zag with the 1/4" flat green reed.
Weave 3 rows with 1/4" flat oval, natural.
Finish the basket with a "sawtooth" border:
Lay a piece of 3/8" flat natural reed on the inside of the basket, above the last row of weaving.Bend any spoke down towards the inside of the basket, angled to the right, and bring it out UNDER the 3/8" flat reed. Do this all the way around the basket.
Next, bend any spoke up and angled to the right, going over two spokes. Cut the bent spoke flush with the side of the second spoke.
Loosen up the second spoke and tuck the bent spoke under it. Re-tighten the spoke.
I hope you've enjoyed this pattern/tutorial! As always, if you have any questions or problems, just email me or send a comment my way!