When I decided I wanted a bike, about seven years ago, I knew only one thing about it: that it should have a front basket. The bike came first and my search for a basket followed. It wasn’t all that easy. Who knew you couldn’t fit any type of basket on any type of bike? Some years later, I got the perfect basket for my birthday, which I’m still using now. But it needed a makeover. It had a cross stitch fox on for almost four years now, but the thread was worn out and so was the paint on the wire. So I came up with the idea to weave the whole thing in wool. It’s very easy, although, I admit, it does take some hours to complete. On the bright side, you’ll have an awesome, custom bike basket in the end! Ready to get started?
What you need:
- yarn in colors of your choice (I used less than half of the amount shown)
- wool needle
- wire mesh bike basket (here)
Cut a long piece of yarn and thread your needle. Double knot the other end to the upper interior of the bike basket and cut off excess. Then simply go in and out with your needle until the end of the row. Just like regular weaving, simply pass the thread to the next row and continue.
When you almost run out of yarn, thread the needle again, and knot it to the end of the previous yarn. Continue as normal, making sure the knot goes on the interior of the basket. You can use the same method to change colors.
Continue to weave until you cover as much of the basket as you want. I chose a full stripe pattern, but you can also cover just part of the basket, or leave blank lines here and there.
I also wrapped the top of the basket in yarn and made a blanket stitch variation for the handle. That’s it!