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Basket Stitch


Basket Stitch


Description: The Basket Stitch is a vintage knotting technique popular in the early 1900's.  This Macrame design is related to other Half Hitch Patterns that require a holding cord.

What makes this knot unique is that you use several holding cords, which makes the alternating pattern much wider than other sennits.

You could use this decorative knot in any project that needs a wide band of knots, such as a belt, purse strap, or a plant hanger.

Further down on this page is an interesting variation called the Progressive Design. You can make V and X shapes with the technique.

 

 
Set Up

Step 1:  To practice, fold three or more 36-inch holding cords in half, to form the core of the Basket Stitch.  Secure them at the top and bottom, making sure each one is pulled taut.

Secure one end of a 36-inch working cord to the right of the holding cords.  Do the same on the left. 




Half Hitch

Step 2: Make a clockwise Half Hitch with the right working cord, passing it over the front of all the holding cords, then under them. 

As you pull it to the right, pass over the working cord.

Tighten it LOOSELY, so the holding cords don't overlap too much.



Design Tip:  The key to successfully making the Basket Stitch is to keep it flat and wide.  So pay very close attention to the arrangement of the holding cords, since they determine the overall shape and size. 

They will overlap somewhat, but try your best to keep most of them resting next to each other.



Left

Step 3:  Use the left working cord to make the next Half Hitch in a counter-clockwise direction.

Tighten the knot loosely.



Tips

Step 4:  Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times to complete the Basket Stitch.

Make sure the Half Hitches are close together, but do not overlap.

The loops along the edges should be the same size.




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Progressive Basket Stitch


Progressive

The Progressive Basket Stitch is made by tying the Half Hitches on increasing, then decreasing, numbers of holding cords.  This results in an X shaped design.

The Half Hitches will need to be tightened more, so the knots are close together.  Make sure the holding cords don't overlap and remain straight.



Set Up

Step 1:  Fold three 36-inch holding cords in half, and secure them vertically on your board. Place a pin at the top and bottom, making sure they have tension. 

Mentally number them 1 - 6.

Secure one end of a 36-inch working cord on each side of the holding cords.



HH #1

Step 2:  Tie a counter-clockwise Half Hitch with the left working cord, onto holding cord 1.

Tie a clockwise Half Hitch with the right working cord, onto holding cord 6.

Tighten the knots completely, and secure them when you are finished. 



HH #2

Step 3:  Tie the next Half Hitch with the left working cord onto holding cords 1 and 2.

Tie another Half Hitch with the right working cord onto holding cords 5 and 6.



HH #3

Step 4:  Tie a Half Hitch with the left working cord, onto holding cords 1 - 3.

Tie a Half Hitch with the right working cord onto holding cords 4 - 6.





Left HH

Step 5:  Tie a Half Hitch with the left working cord, onto holding cords 1 - 4.




Right HH

Step 6:  Use the right working cord to tie the next Half Hitch, onto holding cords 3 - 6.



All HC

Step 7:  Tie a Half Hitch with the left working cord onto ALL the holding cords (1 - 6).

Do the same with the right working cord.

These knots should be tightened more loosely than the others, so the center area is as wide as possible.



Repeat

Step 8:  Repeat steps 5 - 2 (in that order) to make the bottom half of the X shape.

This image shows the number of holding cords associated with each Half Hitch.







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