Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rectangle of Square-Mesh – 5 x 13 squares - Starting from the Middle


Once I made the squares, I wondered if I could make a rectangle of square-mesh netting starting from the middle.


Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

I made it with size 5 crochet thread, and used a #8 and a #6 knitting needle.


Before starting the actual netting:
  1. Fill a netting needle or shuttle with thread or cord.
  2. Attach it to a foundation loop.  To do this:
    1. Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leaving a tail, at least 2 to 3 inches.
    2. Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
    3. Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
    4. Tighten the slipknot.
  3. Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
  4. Choose a mesh stick.

Start the Rectangle
Row 1:  Using the smaller mesh stick, net 6 more knots into the foundation loop.

  • Remove the mesh stick and turn the work so that the next row can be worked from left to right. (This will be done at the end of each row.)

Row 2:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot into each loop.
Row 3:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.

Continue by repeating row three. Each row will have one less loop than the previous row.  When there are only 2 loop on a row, net those two loops together without using a mesh stick.

Cut the thread, remove the netting from the foundation loop, and remove the knots from the top of the loops in row one. Run the foundation-loop cord through one of the other rows of netting. Tie the thread from the netting needle to the loose thread at the end of row one.

Lengthen the Rectangle
1. Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row)
2. Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (8 loops in the row)

Repeat these 2 rows until the number of squares desired equals the number of squares on the long side of the rectangle.

Finish the Rectangle:
Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.

Continue by repeating this decrease row. Each row will have one less loop than the previous row.

When there are only 2 loop on a row, net those two loops together without using a mesh stick.

Cut the thread and remove the netting from the foundation loop.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Square of Square-Mesh with Looped Edges – 9 x 9 squares - Starting from the Middle


I must be a slow learner or unobservant, because I did the same mistake with this square that started in the middle as I did with the first one.



Once I realized the problem, I made the same correction and the problem went away. When I remade this sample, I made it with size 5 crochet thread, and used a #8 and a #6 knitting needle.



Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

Before starting the actual netting:

  1. Fill a netting needle or shuttle with thread or cord.
  2. Attach it to a foundation loop.  To do this:
    1. Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leaving a tail, at least 2 to 3 inches.
    2. Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
    3. Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
    4. Tighten the slipknot.
  3. Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
  4. Choose a mesh stick.


Square of Square-Mesh with Looped Edges – 9 x 9 squares

Start the Square:
Row 1:  Using the smaller mesh stick, net 10 more knots into the foundation loop.

  • Remove the mesh stick and turn the work so that the next row can be worked from left to right. (This will be done at the end of each row.)

Row 2:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot into each loop.
Row 3:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting.

Continue by repeating row three. Each row will have one less loop than the previous row.
When there is only 1 loop on a row, cut the thread, remove the netting from the foundation loop, and remove the knots from the top of the loops in row one. Run the foundation-loop cord through one of the other rows of netting. Tie the thread from the netting needle to the loose thread at the end of row one.

Finish the Square:
Next row: Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot into each loop.

Decrease Row: Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting.

Continue by repeating the Decrease Row. Each row will have one loop less than the previous row.
When there is only 1 loop on a row, cut the thread.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A 9 by 9 Square of Square-Mesh Netting - Starting from the Middle


I was intrigued by the concept of starting in the middle of a square of square-mesh netting and achieving a square.  The first time I made it, I used the same size mesh stick all the way through. That created a noticeable, wide zig-zag row through the middle of the square. That row is bigger because the loops formed in the first row also include the knots that fasten it to the foundation loop. When the foundation loop is removed, the loops expand as the knots is untied.



To solve the problem, I used two mesh sticks, one slightly smaller than the other. The smaller mesh stick or knitting needle will be used for the first row only. (The larger the cord or thread, the greater the difference needs to be.)

When I remade this sample, I made it with size 5 crochet thread, and used a #8 and a #6 knitting needle.


Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.


Before starting the actual netting:

  1. Fill a netting needle or shuttle with thread or cord.
  2. Attach it to a foundation loop.  To do this:
    1. Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leaving a tail, at least 2 to 3 inches.
    2. Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
    3. Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
    4. Tighten the slipknot.
  3. Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
  4. Choose a mesh stick.



Square with Selvage Edges – 9 x 9 squares  

Start the Square:
Row 1:  Using the smaller mesh stick, net 10 more knots into the foundation loop.

  • Remove the mesh stick and turn the work so that the next row can be worked from left to right. (This will be done at the end of each row.)

Row 2:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot into each loop.
Row 3:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those last 2 loops together.

Continue by repeating row three. Each row will have one less loop than the previous row.  When there are only 2 loop on a row, net those two loops together without using a mesh stick.

Cut the thread, remove the netting from the foundation loop, and remove the knots from the top of the loops in row one. Run the foundation-loop cord through one of the other rows of netting. Tie the thread from the netting needle to the loose thread at the end of row one.

To finish the square:

Repeat Row 3.
Continue by repeating row 3. Each row will have one loop less than the previous row.
When there are only 2 loop on a row, net those two loops together without using a mesh stick.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Square-mesh netting in strips - with loops


One of the other square-mesh patterns included in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont was a strip of netting with loops along the bottom instead of the usual selvage.



Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

A Strip of Square-Mesh Netting – Selvage on the Top and Loops on the Bottom – 7 Squares High

Before starting the actual netting:

  1. Fill a netting needle or shuttle with thread or cord. 
  2. Attach it to a foundation loop.  To do this:
    1. Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leaving a tail, at least 2 to 3 inches.  
    2. Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.  
    3. Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop. 
    4. Tighten the slipknot.
  3. Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
  4. Choose a mesh stick.


Start the strip of square-mesh netting:

Row 1:  Net 8 more knots into the foundation loop.  (8 loops in the row)
Remove the mesh stick and turn the work so that the next row can be worked from left to right. (This will be done at the end of each row.)
Row 2:  Net 1 knot into each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (9 loops in the row)
Row 3:  Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting and start the next row. (8 loops in the row)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece is as long as desired. Lacis or net embroidery can be added onto the squares.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Square-Mesh Netting - in strips


Several months ago I was almost ready to proof-read and self-publish a book on square-mesh netting. I just needed to finish working with my husband on the patterns for square-mesh scallops. I also wanted to find two more patterns and figure out how to make them. One was a frame of square-mesh netting with an empty space in the middle. The other was square-mesh netting with big and little squares. Eventually I located them in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont.

To my surprise, I also found instructions and photos for how to make strips of square-mesh netting, how to make square mesh netting starting in the center of the square and working to the corners instead of starting at one corner and working to the diagonal corner, and how to put loops on the edges of the netting. These techniques should be included in any book devoted to making square mesh netting. I began making them and found myself expanding the squares into rectangles.

The strip of square-mesh netting caught my eye and I thought it looked easy enough.


Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

A Strip of Square-Mesh Netting – Selvage Edges on the Top and Bottom – 7 Squares High

Before starting the actual netting:
  1. Fill a netting needle or shuttle with thread or cord. 
  2. Attach it to a foundation loop.  To do this:
    1. Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leaving a tail, at least 2 to 3 inches.  
    2. Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.  
    3. Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop. 
    4. Tighten the slipknot.
  3. Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
  4. Choose a mesh stick.

Start the strip of square-mesh netting:

Row 1:  Net 8 more knots into the foundation loop.  (8 loops in the row)

  • Remove the mesh stick and turn the work so that the next row can be worked from left to right. (This will be done at the end of each row.)

Row 2:  Net 1 knot into each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (9 loops in the row)
Row 3:  Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (8 loops in the row)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece is as long as desired. Lacis or net embroidery can be added onto the squares.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lantern Stitch Rectangular Shawl


This rectangular shawl turned out to be much wider than I expected. The rows went across the long portion of the shawl. I made sure to have plenty of stitches, since I thought the stitch would stretch down. It did not. Instead it stretched across the row.



Here is the shawl as seen from the back.




This is a closeup of the Lantern Decorative Stitch.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hula Stitch Net Shawl - fan


This shawl went a bit fuller than I expected. Some day I'll try one without quite so many stitches. The Hula Increase Stitch increases the number of loops while also pulling some stitches close together.



This is the shawl laid out flat.




Here is the front of the shawl.




 Here is the back of the shawl.




This is a close-up of the neck edge and the first three increases sections.




Here is a close-up of the bottom edge. This edge is a variation of the Spider Decorative Stitch.