Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tiny star


Stars are popular at Christmas time. So, this week I'm including a net star. It is a five-pointed star with smooth edges. The center is a variation of the Well Center, so I've named this star Well 5-pointed Star.



I've put it in the same kind of acrylic ornament holder that was used last week.







Instructions for Well 5-pointed Star

2.5 inch diameter
10 yards tatting thread
231 knots in the star

Rounds Mesh Stick Instructions

1 1/4" Form grommet with 15 loops (last one tied by hand with CK). (15 loops in the round)
2         1/4"           Net 2 more knots in the loop formed by the CK, net 3 knots in all other loops.  (45 loops in the round)
3-5        #0 kn  Net 1 knot in each loop. (45 loops in the round)

Pointed Edge
1 #0 kn Turn the netting and net into the last loop formed in the previous row. Net 1 knot in each loop for 8 loops.  Turn the netting. (8 loops in the row)
2 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row)
3 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row)
4 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (5 loops in the row)
5 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (4 loops in the row) 225
6 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (3 loops in the row)
7 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (2 loops in the row)
8 none Without using a mesh stick, net the final 2 loops together. (1 loop in the row)


Remaining Points:

If desired, place a locking stitch marker every 9 loops to mark where the other points will be placed.

Tie the thread from the netting shuttle into loop on row 5.  The loop should be where the previous point was attached to row 5 or one loop to the left of the marker.  This thread will be untied at the end of this row.

Net 1 knot in each loop for 9 loops.

Untie the first knot tied to the loop in round 5 and cut it short.

Repeat Point Rows 2-8. 

Continue these directions until all 5 points are made.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Netting and acrylic ornaments



This year I wanted to try something new, so I ordered some 3-1/2" Round Clear Acrylic Christmas Ornament Embroidery Blank and planned to fill them with circular netting. Since the space where the doilies were to go was smaller than most of my doilies, I needed to resize some doilies. 

Several years ago I found this net doily center.  I tried it and then adjusted the size to about 5 inches. Now I needed to make it about half as small - about 2.5 inches.




By changing my mesh sticks or gauges to a smaller size, I was able to resize this doily. I had some  tatting thread someone had given me. I started with a small amount of green thread and then realized that it would not be enough to complete the project. Since I did not seem to have any more of that exact shade of green, I decided to finish the tiny doily with a golden colored thread.




My biggest question then became: "Is the doily small enough to fit in the acrylic ornament blank?"



Yes. It fit perfectly.

Here are the instructions for this tiny doily I call Balsam:

PINECONE (center)

Row 1: mesh stick: #3 kn
     Form grommet with 12 loops (last one tied by hand with CK). (12 loops in the round)

Rows 2-3:       mesh stick: #3 kn
     Net 1 knot in each loop. (12 loops in the round)

Row 4: mesh stick:1/4"
     In loop formed by CK net 7 more knots, in all other loops net 8 knots. (96 loops in the round)

Rows 5-9: mesh stick: #0 kn
     Net 1 knot in each loop. (96 loops in the round)

Row 10: mesh stick: #0 kn    
     Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, * to create point net 7 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop for 9 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops.  (60 loops in the round)

Row 11: mesh stick: #0 kn
     Net 1 knot in each loop.  (60 loops in the round)










Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tiny Doily - another new ornament


A few years ago, while browsing online, I came across a net doily, 25 cm in diameter, made of Diamond Netting. I am still learning about this type of netting, so I decided to see if I could figure out the instructions to create it. I created a pattern for that doily.  My pattern contained instructions for two sizes: a 10 inch doily and a 5 inch doily.




Recently I began making tiny doilies to fit into acrylic ornaments. I experimented and created a tiny one of this pattern.



And it fit on the first try!





Here are my instructions.

Diamond Netting Doily

10 inches (about 5 inches) [about 2.5 inches]



Row 1:
1.5-inch (¾ inch) [3/8 inch] mesh stick
Net 24 loops into foundation loop, the last one tied by hand forming a CK.

Row 2: twisted stitch
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop twisting each loop 5 (5) [2] times before tightening the knot.

Row 3-4: 
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 5:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a wrapped loop,
net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops*;
repeat from * to*, ending with
net a short loop in each loop for 2 loops and tie the last short loop in the round with a CK.

Row 6:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a long loop in a long loop,
net 5 more knots in the long loop,
net a long loop in a short loop,
net one short loop in each loop for two loops
remove the mesh stick*;
repeat from * to * ending with
net a short loop in the last loop, and tie the last short loop in the round with a CK.

Row 7:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a long loop in a long loop,
net 1 short loop in each loop for 6 loops,
net a long loop in a short loop,
net a short loop in the next loop,
remove the mesh stick*;
repeat from * to * ending with
net a short loop in the last loop, and tie the last short loop in the round with a CK.

Row 8:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a long loop in a long loop,
net 1 short loop in each loop for 7 loops,
net a long loop in a short loop,
remove the mesh stick*;
repeat from * to * ending by tying the last long loop in the round with a CK.

Rows 9-10:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
   Net 1 knot in each loop.








Saturday, November 24, 2018

From tiny doily to Christmas ornament


A couple of weeks ago I described how I created a tiny doily, Spinning, from the center of one of my Grandmother's larger doilies. I wanted to use the doily, but it was only 2.75 inches in diameter. As I was browsing the internet, I came across a Snowflake Christmas Ornament Acrylic Embroidery Blank and ordered some.

Once they arrived, the tiny little Spinning went from a tiny doily




to an ornament very quickly.




The instructions are short - only 11 rows.

Row 1      1/4" mesh stick
Form a grommet with 30 loops (last one tied by hand with CK).

Rows 2-6      #1 kn mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 7      1/4" mesh stick
Net 2 knots in loop formed by CK, net 3 knots in all other loops.

Rows 8-11   #1 kn mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop.


CK (a connecting knot) is an overhand knot tied at the end of each round using the thread from the netting needle and the loose end from when the grommet was formed. It forms the last loop of a round and the first knot in the next round.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Fancy Scallop Edge


Was it possible for different scallops to be included along the same edge?

I decided to try several different one and see how it looked.

Here is what I created.


If I were to make it again, I would make the number of points close to the number of squares across the bottom, probably just a few less. I prefer the scallop with 5 points and squares along the scallop.

Instructions for this fancy scallop edge:

Size of Scallop
Instructions (Border = 3)
loops in last row
3 points, 
7 squares along the scallop



1


Net 2 knots in the foundation loop
2
2
-
3
Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop. Net 2 knots in the last loop.
4
4


Net 1 knot in each loop.
4
5


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
5
6
-
9
Repeat last 2 rows - Plain and Increase rows.
7
10


Net 1 knot in each loop.
7
11


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
8
12


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
7
13
-
14
Repeat last 2 rows - Increase & Decrease rows.
7
15


Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
7
16


Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, do not net in any more loops for this row. Turn the netting and begin the next row.
4
4 points, 
squares along the scallop



5


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
5
6
Net 1 knot in each loop.
8
7
-
12
Repeat last 2 rows - Increase and Plain rows.
8
13


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
9
14


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
8
15
-
16
Repeat last 2 rows - Increase & Decrease rows.
8
17


Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
8
18


Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, do not net in any more loops for this row. Turn the netting and begin the next row.
4
5 points, 
squares along the scallop












5


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
5
6

Net 1 knot in each loop.
9
7
-
14
Repeat last 2 rows - Increase and Plain rows.
9
15


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
10
16


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
9
17
-
18
Repeat last 2 rows - Increase & Decrease rows.
9
19


Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
9
20


Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, do not net in any more loops for this row. Turn the netting and begin the next row.
4
6 points, 
21 squares along the scallop












5


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
5
6

Net 1 knot in each loop.
10
7
-
16
Repeat last 2 rows - Increase and Plain rows.
10
17


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
11
18


Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
10
19
-
30
Repeat last 2 rows - Increase & Decrease rows.
10
31


Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop.
10
32


Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, do not net in any more loops for this row. Turn the netting and begin the next row.
4
Repeat two patterns from above:
the 5 points, 7 squares along the scallop 
and the 4 points, 7 squares along the scallop
Final Scallop

3 points, 
7 squares along the scallop



1
-
6
Pairs of alternating Increase & Plain rows:
Increase row:   Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop. Net 2 knots in the last loop.         Plain row:   Net 1 knot in each loop.
7
7
-
8
Pairs of alternating Increase & Decrease rows:
Increase row: Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last loop. Net 2 knots in the last loop.                               Decrase row: Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
7
9
-
10
Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
5
11


Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
3