Clothesline basket weaving…hummmm

I came home this evening,so excited to start working on my new project,a clothesline basket. I did not buy clothesline. I bought some crafters cotton cord at Hobby Lobby. My plan was to sew it all by hand, as I don’t do sewing machines. Well…as you can see, I regressed back to crochet. Weaving is not easy.
Before this pic, I was going to crochet around the cord. Now I’m not sure what would be the best approach. Should I suck it up and learn the weaving technique, crochet around the cord, or just crochet? What has worked for you basket makers? Grateful for any advice! I really would like to make a basket that is sturdy.