Saturday, June 15, 2019

Square-mesh Triangle - 13 squares across the top


Recently Pinterest sent me a picture of a square-mesh shawl and I realized that even through I had squares and rectangles in square-mesh netting, I did not have a pattern for a triangle. So I decided to make one. I chose to have an odd number of squares across the top of the triangle. There are 3 squares in the border, 13 squares across the top, 7 points along the sides, and one square forming the point at the bottom.




Square Mesh Triangle Instructions

Tie the thread from the netting needle onto the foundation loop, leaving a 6" tail. Turn the netting at the end of each row.

Row 1: Net 2 more knots in the foundation loop. (2 loops in the row)
Row 2: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in the last loop. (3 loops in the row)
Row 3: Net 1 knot in each loop. (3 loops in the row)
Row 4: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in the last loop. (4 loops in the row)
Row 5: Net 1 knot in each loop. (4 loops in the row)
Row 6: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in the last loop. (5 loops in the row)
Row 7: Net 1 knot in each loop. (5 loops in the row)
Row 8: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in the last loop. (6 loops in the row)
Row 9: Net 1 knot in each loop. (6 loops in the row)
Row 10: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row)
Row 11: Net 1 knot in each loop. (7 loops in the row)
Row 12: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row)
Row 13: Net 1 knot in each loop. (8 loops in the row)
Row 14: Net 1 knot in each loop. (8 loops in the row)
Row 15: Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net those 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row)


Forming the first square of the netting
1. Remove the foundation loop from row 1 of the netting.
2. Tie the tail onto a tapestry needle, which is used in place of the netting needle.
3. Place the foundation-loop cord through another row of meshes.
4. Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle and attach it to a tension device.
5. Net the first two loops together without using a mesh stick.







Saturday, June 8, 2019

Tiny regular 5-pointed star and ornament


I've finally come to the end of the tiny stars and doilies I started months ago. This five-pointed star has the most common center of all my circular netting. Because it was the one my grandmother used most, I started calling it the regular center. The edge is the smooth pointed edge. Instead of placing this star into an acrylic frame, I attached it to a 2.25 inch bracelet. It is still able to hang as an ornament on a Christmas Tree.




































Here are the instructions for this tiny star.

Regular Star - tiny
Created by Rita F. Bartholomew
about 5 yards tatting thread
140 knots
2.25“diameter

Tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Regular Center

Round 1
                mesh stick: #8 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 30 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (30 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-4
                mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (30 loops in each round)

Pointed Edge

Row 1
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops. Turn the netting. (6 loops in the row)

Row 2
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops.  (5 loops in the row)

Row 3
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops.  Untie the first knot. Turn the netting. (4 loops in the row)

Row 4
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (3 loops in the row)

Row 5
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (2 loops in the row)

Row 6
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Without using a mesh stick, net the final 2 loops together. Cut the thread to the netting needle. (1 loop in the row)


Remaining Points:
Tie the thread from the needle to the last loop net into in row 4. This knot will be untied at the end of this row.

Row 1
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops, starting with the first free loop to the right of the point. Untie the first knot. Turn the netting. (5 loops in the row)

Continue each point by repeating Point Rows 2-6. 

Repeat these directions until all 6 points are made.





Monday, May 27, 2019

Shawl Pin


For the past several years I have spent the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, Massachusetts. This year was no exception. I spent most of my time in the fiber tent demonstrating netting. Before we headed for home, my youngest daughter, who had also been demonstrating netting, suggested we take a look at the booth that was labeled "Shawl Pins." So we did.

Leslie Wind had never seen a net shawl, but within minutes she had created a pin which  prevents my net shawls from sliding off my shoulders. She tried to get me to create one, but my creative juices had all been used up with 6 hours of demonstrating.


Here is the pin with the shawl I wore to church on Sunday. The shawl, made of ribbon yarn, did not slide off my shoulders at all.

Check out her website to see other creative shawl pins and a wide variety of different types of jewelry: http://www.lesliewind.com.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tiny Apple Seeds



Back on 10 November 2018, I mentioned creating a tiny doily from a larger one. I started making tiny doilies during an online graphics art class I was taking that semester. The class devoted one week to suggestions, ideas, and practices that encouraged creativity. We had to do some creative projects that week and I created the tiny doily. Once I started thinking about tiny doilies, I could not stop thinking about new and different patterns. At one point I had three come to my mind at about the same time and had to get my daughter to help me record them before I forgot the concepts I was trying to hold in my mind. While I did not make all of them that week, I made some and continued making them through Christmas break. Eventually I ended up with 24 doilies small enough to fit into the acrylic frames. This is the last one.

This is the center of the Plain Star from last week. I used tatting thread and a #2 knitting needle as the mesh stick. If I wanted smaller diamonds, I could use a smaller mesh stick and more rows.

















Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Apple Center

Round 1
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 10 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (10 loops in the round)

Round 2
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
*Net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in the next loop;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in last loop. (15 loops in the round)

Round 3
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in the next loop, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (20 loops in the round)

Round 4
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (25 loops in the round)

Round 5
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (30 loops in the round)

Round 6
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (35 loops in the round)


Round 7
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (35 loops in each round)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Tiny Plain Star



The tiny Plain Star was a smaller version of a Plain Star I created back in 2013. I used a 1/4 inch flat mesh for all rows of the original one. The diameter of the original star was about 5 inches.





The tiny version uses four yards of tatting thread to create the 275 knots. The diameter of the tiny one is 2.25 inches.
































Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Apple Center

Round 1
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 10 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (10 loops in the round)

Round 2
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
 *Net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in the next loop;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in last loop. (15 loops in the round)

Round 3
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
 Net 1 knot in the next loop, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (20 loops in the round)

Round 4
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (25 loops in the round)

Round 5
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (30 loops in the round)

Round 6
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (35 loops in the round)


Round 7
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (35 loops in each round)



Pointed Edge

Row 1
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops. (6 loops in the row)

Row 2
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (5 loops in the row)

Row 3
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (4 loops in the row)

Row 4
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (3 loops in the row)

Row 5
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in the next loop, net the last 2 loops together. (2 loops in the row)

Row 6
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Without a mesh stick, net 2 loops together.  (1 loop in the row)


Additional Points

Row 1
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Tie the thread from the netting needle to the loop of row 7 next to the right side of the point. Without a mesh stick net 1 more knot into that loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops; turn the netting.  Untie the first knot tied to the loop of round 7 and cut it short.

Rows 2-6
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Repeat rows 2-6 of the Lacy Pointed Edge.


Continue repeating the instructions in the Additional Points section until 5 points have been made.



Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tiny Tops


Six and a half years ago, I made some bookmarks with small net circles above a rectangle of netting. I called one of them Tops because the decrease stitch reminded me of a spinning top. This was one tiny doily that did not need changing.






























Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Regular Center

Round 1
mesh stick: 3/8”
Form a grommet with 24 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (24 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-3
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)


Tops Decrease Stitch

Round 4
mesh stick: 3/8”
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)

Round 5
mesh stick: 3/8”
Without mesh stick, net together the loop formed by the CK and the loop to the right of the CK.  Now with the mesh stick, * net 2 loops together*; repeat from * to *.  (12 loops in the round)




Saturday, April 27, 2019

Tiny Tier


Using the Tier center, with small mesh sticks, the tiny doily was small enough to fit within the acrylic holder. With 162 knots, and using 4 yards of tatting thread, the diameter is 2.75 inches.































Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Tier Center

Round 1
mesh stick: 3/8” flat
Form a grommet with 27 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (27 loops in the round)

Round 2
mesh stick:  3/8” flat
Net 1 knot in each loop.  (27 loops in the round)

Rounds 3-6
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (27 loops in each round)