Fill Ins or Short Rows on Ribbed Baskets

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I understand this technique is called "filling in." I'm an old hand knitter, however. In knitting, there is a technique called "short rows" that is used to accomplish much the same purpose. Therefore, I tend to also refer to these as short rows.

When working a ribbed basket, you'll often find that parts of it fill in faster than others, usually the hoop frame edges and bottom center. As the result, when nearing the end of the project, small areas have to be filled in, and the widest curve of the basket gets broken into sections.

It's possible to make the wide curve section into a uniform fill area by filling in (working short rows) earlier on in the weave, in places where you can visualize are filling in slowly. Watch your work closely to detect these areas. As you see them, fill them in by turning your weaving before reaching the frame work, in other words, working shorter rows to fill in.

Row 1Row 2

The turn back of these short rows is important because it can be made nearly invisible if done correctly. If you look at my various egg baskets, you'll see that the large group of baskets are all filled in at the end, creating a sort of seam at the widest curve. This is not the short row technique.

The single, natural colored egg basket is done using short rows, but the turns are worked incorrectly. This might be useful to look at because the turns can be clearly seen--sad.

The two antler baskets are done correctly, and much of the short rowing is worked with the widest reed, which will be useful for seeing its completed appearance.

Row 3Row 4

To do: Select an area that needs extra filling. Work to far edge of that section, stopping on an outer weave (Fig. 1). Fold the weaver around rib to back and bring to front under the rib, to inside of work (Fig. 2). Fold the weaver and cross it over itself below the turn, over the previously worked rib, continue weaving in opposite direction (Fig. 3).

Go to other end of section to be filled and repeat procedure. Work back and forth till the weave has closed in on itself. When this happens depends on how wide a section is being filled. The turn is worked two ribs back from previous turn in the direction being worked (Fig. 4).


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