In this tutorial, we will see how to weave this amla knot basket or nellikai mudichu koodai.
Fair warning: This beautiful knot that resembles an amla / gooseberry is not the easiest knot. So this project might be hard if this is your first basket.
To weave this basket, you should know
- how to weave the amla knot / nellikai mudichu (click link for tutorial)
- and have some knowledge about making a base and turning corners in a basket shown in detail in this tutorial.
Let us get started now.
Cut plastic basket wire into 2 meters long pieces. Each knot will require 2 pieces. So decide the number of knots first and then cut the wire.
To make a knot, we need 3 wires – 2 cut pieces and running wire.
Allow 90 cms of running wire on the left and make a knot.
Continue adding knots on the running wire. To make the second knot, pick up two more cut pieces and the 3rd one will be the running wire.
Once the last knot is added, allow 90 cms and cut the running wire.
This first row will be the middle row of the base. Future rows will be added on both sides of this middle row.
The knots in the second row will be placed in between two knots in the first row as shown below. A triangle shaped space will be formed by the three knots.
Again, allow 90 cms running wire and start the second row.
The third row will be added on the other side of the middle row (/first row).
After 5 rows, the base will look like this. My base is narrow and has only 5 rows. If you want a bigger basket with a broader base, 2 meters long wire won’t be enough. You will have to cut longer pieces of wire.
The base is over and now we will start the sides of the basket using the running wire.
Row 1: Leave about 3 inches of the running wire free and start adding knots as usual.
Two wires that are intersecting each other (as shown below) will be used to make a knot along with the running wire. Continue till you reach the end of one side.
Turning corner in first row: When one (long) side is done, you will reach the spot where you have to turn the corner. You will see that the wires are not intersecting each other here. Continue making knots but a few places will have spaces that are not triangles.
This will happen only in the first row and since it is very close to the base, it won’t be visible at all. This will happen only in the short side of the base (about 4 – 5 knots only). So make sure that an entire long side of the basket does not have these 4 sided spaces in between knots. That means you have made a mistake.
If you are new to basket weaving and if you are having trouble understanding
1. how to turn corners or
2. how weave the first row around the base, you can first read this square knot basket tutorial. The method of weaving first row around the base has been explained in detail there.
Continue adding knots in the first row around the base and once the first row is over, start the next row.
Once the first row around the base is over, continue going in circles to the second and third row etc. Basket increases in height as we go around the base a few more times.
The inside of the basket looks beautiful too. Reminds me of a pinwheel.
Closeup view of basket with amla knot. Pretty isn’t it?
All you have to do is add more lines till you reach the desired height.
I ran out of running wire so I have to wait till I buy some wire during my next India trip.
How is this basket? Have you made this before? If you have any questions, leave a comment below (tag me so I will be notified).