The magic that makes every basket work is the timeless "Over/Under" pattern.
This pattern not only adds rigidity to your basket, but you'll find it very quickly becomes second nature.
To keep the pattern consistent, it's important that you split only one side of your center spoke after you lay out your base.
That split will act as "two spokes", which will keep your row over/under every time you come back around!
One of my most important "Gin-isms" to remember when weaving a basket is to keep your reed damp, or as I like to say "No one can weave a dry basket".
Damp reed is more flexible, will dry to shape and give you little-to-no fuss while you're weaving.
Dry reed cracks, splinters and snaps easily.
When I'm weaving, I always keep the reeds damp. If they dry out, I dip them in a bucket of warm water. If my basket starts to dry out I simply mist it with a handy spray bottle full of warm water.