Alrighty boys and girls! I gave it a try. Now remember, this was my first try, so ya'll be nice!!
I actually iced the cake yesterday and didn't get to it until today. So, the icing had crusted over real well and was not chilled. DH didn't know I was gonna practice on it, so there's a piece missing, just less space to work with. It wasn't as tall as I would have liked, but I think it was enough.
The first pic is laying the knife on the side. You can see a gouge in the left corner of the pic. That was my first try and the BC stuck to the knife. So, I got a cup of hot water and I dipped the knife and then dried it before putting it on the cake. That helped alot!!
The second pic, well I was trying to show the knife in a "sweeping" motion. I did start at the top and worked my way down to make a column. So, don't let the pic fool ya since you already see a whole column there. I had forgotten to take the pic when I first started the column. I also moved the knife when I snapped the pic, so it messed up the icing a little.
The last pic is the finished "basketweave". I didn't put a border or anything since DH had already started into it. But ya'll get the idea!
So, anyway, this technique is possible for us amateurs!! It definitely takes a bit of patience and practice!!! I have a bday cake to do for Tuesday, so I'll try it on that cake and get a finished design. So, ya'll have fun trying it!!!