A steel caning needle is a great time-saver. You don't need the caning needle for rows 1 & 2, and you can't use it for diagonal rows 5 & 6 because it will be too tight. But, wow—it makes short work of rows 3 & 4.
How To: Snake the needle through the strands, thread the eye and pull needle across the frame. 21 inches long. Size of eye: 1/8 x 3/32 inch.