Saturday, December 13, 2014

Netted Lace from Tatting and Netting & Two Reasons Why I Like to Net

I thought I had just about finished the edgings and borders found in Tatting and Netting. Then I looked through the book one more time and found at least 19 more patterns. Some of the edgings are attached to other items like shawls or handkerchiefs. Some of them are scallops, half circles that can be made separately and attached one at a time to the edge, and there was even an insertion that could be used as an edge. I decided not to include the edges of the mats or doilies. I have updated the list of edgings to include all 38 edgings from Tatting and Netting.

As I was looking at the scallops, my eye caught the one on page 116, Netted Lace.

The directions looked simple. Only one paragraph.

"Make 12 stitches with a rather coarse bone needle, on the foundation loop, then, with a little smaller needle, make 2 stitches in every loop. Next, make 3 rows with a rather coarse steel needle, then 1 row with the bone needle, but in every other stitch put the thread over the mesh twice. Next row, use the quarter-inch mesh, and make 1 in every stitch; then make 1 row with the largest bone needle, and make 2 stitches in every loop. Draw up the work with the foundation thread to form the scollop, and tie it tightly."

Unfortunately, the directions were not as clear as I expected.

It took me fout tries to get my sample close to the photo in the book. The instructions for the 6th row said, "then 1 row with the bone needle, but in every other stitch put the thread over the mesh twice." I thought that meant to skip a loop. When I finished I could tell that the 6th row was wrong, as well as the 8th row. The closed loops were too long in that last row.

I tried again and got the 6th row to look correct, but I overcompensated on the 8th row and made the open loops too long. I also realized that the photo did not have the small closed loops all the way across the row. There were four loops in the middle that did not have the small loops.

My third attempt I messed up again on the 6th row by making a long loop first, though I remembered to avoid making the small loops in the center of the shell.

Finally I remembered to do everything right. It looks slightly different from the one in the book because I pinned the loops out tightly.

As I look at these four samples, I realize each of them would look nice as an edge. I just happened to want it to look like the one I saw in the book.

The directions I used for the last sample are as follows:

Row 1: Using a 3/8" flat mesh stick, form a grommet with 12 loops, but DO NOT tie an overhand knot to form the final loop. (12 loops in the row)

Row 2: Turn the netting over and, using a #5 knitting needle, net 2 knots in each loop. (24 loops in each row)

Rows 3-5: Turn the netting over and, using a #3 knitting needle, net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each row)

Row 6: Turn the netting over and, using a #5 knitting needle, net 1 knot in the first loop, wrap the thread around the mesh stick before netting 1 knot in the second loop, *net 1 knot in the next loop in the usual manner, wrap the thread around the mesh stick before netting in the following loop*; repeat from * to * across the row. (24 loops in the row; 12 short, 12 long)

Row 7: Turn the netting over and, using a 1/4" flat mesh stick, net 1 knot in the long loop, *net 1 knot in the short loop, net 1 knot in the long loop*; repeat from * to * across the row. (24 loops in the row)

Row 8: Turn the netting over and, using a #5 knitting needle, *net 2 loops together, net 1 more knot in those 2 loops*; repeat from * to * 2 more times, net 2 loops together 4 times, repeat from * to * 4 times, net the last 2 loops together.

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In our family, names are drawn each year for Christmas, and we give presents to the child whose name we have. If that child has children, we can either give something to the entire family or each person. In November we visited my mother-in-law since her health was failing and we wanted to go while we could still visit with her. One of my daughters lives near her, and it was this daughter's family that we were to give Christmas presents to.

My daughter had just been reading to her children about the dolls for which my grandmother had crocheted dresses. There were even pictures of the dolls in the book she was reading. As children, we had been allowed to choose one of Grandmother's dolls. My grandchildren wondered if I could do something like that for them. So, during our November visit, we went on-line and they each chose a doll.  We ordered the dolls and a book that gave correctly-sized patterns. I could not remember how tall my doll was, I knew it was not a barbie doll, so we selected dolls that looked close to mine with movable eyes, a face they liked, and 15" tall.

The dolls and patterns arrived soon after I returned home, and I was surprised to see how tall the dolls were. I measured the one my grandmother had given me - it was about 12-13 inches tall. I began crocheting. By the time we returned for my mother-in-law's funeral last week, I had the dresses done to the point where the ruffles began.

By crocheting almost non-stop after the day of the funeral (at the grandchildren's request, they did not want me to play games or read stories to them), I finished just before we flew home on Thursday. There were things I did not get done, but the basic dresses were finished. And that was what was important!

This past month I have learned why I like to net or, to say it another way, why I do not like to crochet.

Reason 1: GAUGE! To work with size 4 knitting yarn, the pattern called for a size F hook or whatever hook was needed to obtain the correct gauge. I needed to use a C. To work with fingering yarn (size 2 yarn), I was to use a size B hook. I used a size 8. I usually use size 8 for crochet thread. For the bodices especially, I needed to be very careful to stay on gauge, which meant my fingers and shoulders were tense. I could not relax.

Reason 2: The motion of crocheting is also harder on my wrist than the motion used in netting. The last day I could feel a few twinges in my wrist. It felt good to relax my right hand and wrist on the flight home by netting on the doily I am currently trying to finish.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Netted Edging from Tatting and Netting - Why I Like Netting

In Tatting and Netting there are several edges named Netted Edging.  This one is found on page 115. I tried making the edge several times and eventually decided that the directions given produce the photo shown in the book.  I still can't get it to look exactly like the one in the book, even when I flip it over.

The flexibility of netting is shown in my photos of this edge. 

Both photos are of the same edging. 

 The one on the left was pulled horizontally when it was starched.  The one on the right was pulled vertically after the edge had been starched.

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This week I have been crocheting some doll dresses for 15" dolls. The dolls and dresses were requested by the grandchildren in the family I was selected to give Christmas present to this year.  

The pattern called for a size F hook to be used with worsted-weight yarn OR whatever size would bring the correct gauge.  I have been using a size C hook to get the proper gauge.  It also required fingering yarn.  The hook that was called for was a B.  Anyone care to guess what size I will be using to get the proper gauge?  If you guessed a size 8, you were correct.  That is so tiny I usually use crochet thread when I use that hook.  

I can't wait to get back to netting! With netting, the proper gauge is determined by the mesh stick, not by how tightly I hold my yarn or thread.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Netted Edging from Tatting and Netting

Some netting patterns in Tatting and Netting are very easy to follow.  Everything is correct and the finished product matches the photo in the book.  Netted Edging, on page 116 of Tatting and Netting, is that kind of pattern.

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Recently I re-made the two juggling bags so I could photograph them side-by-side.  The one with the red top has 100 knots, while the one with the blue top has 108 knots.

They both hold about the same number of balls, although the one with the blue top is snugger.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Border in Rose and Sheaf Pattern from Tatting and Netting and a Forest Glade

I love the look of the Sheaf Pattern.  This version, from page 113 of Tatting and Netting, uses a combination of netting and crocheting.  I used a #3 knitting needle (the one that is 3mm) and a flat 3/8" mesh stick.  The directions for this edge, the Rose Stitch, and Round Netting were clear and easy to understand.

I recently finished re-making another doily.  I called this one Forest Glade.  When I looked at this doily, I could easily imagine myself standing in a forest glade, looking up through the leaves to see a shining, twinkling star.

When I made it originally, I let my son and his fiancĂ© choose the center, edge, and a few of their favorite netting stitches. It is about 20 inches across and has just over 6,000 knots.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Netted Edge from Tatting and Netting and a Two-Color Doily

This is the third Netted Edging I have made from Tatting and Netting, by Butterick Publishing Company. The instructions for this Netted Edge, found on page 114 , did not match the photo of the edge. I decided to match the photo, rather than follow the instructions as they were written.  I eliminated the ninth row of the instructions.

The pattern called for "a bone knitting needle of medium size for the mesh" for the entire edging. I used a size 7 knitting needle as a mesh stick.

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Many years ago, while I was still in high school, I wondered how easy it would be to put two different colors on the same round of a doily.  The doily I created with this experiment I called Golden Ray.


I soon discovered that it was time-consuming to change netting needles every time I wanted to change colors.  I had to tie two extra knots - one where the color changed to white and one where it changed back to yellow.  Not only did that take extra time, but I also noticed, when I took this photo, that those knots also came untied more easily than the regular netted knots.

Eventually I wondered how it would look in just one color.  At that time I did not have a digital camera so I made a copy on a photocopier.  That copy could not show the entire circle, just a rectangular section.  Now that I have a digital camera, I re-made Golden Ray in a single color.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Netted Edging from Tatting and Netting

This Netted Edging is found on page 113 in Tatting and Netting, by Butterick Publishing Company. There are five different patterns in Tatting and Netting named Netted Edging.

Instructions used from Tatting and Netting

This edging is very similar to the pattern found in the Priscilla Netting Book. Besides the fact that I started with twelve loops this time and only six when I made the one from the Priscilla netting book, the only difference I can see is that I used different sized mesh sticks.  In both samples I used a 3/8" mesh stick for the large; however this time I used a #4 knitting needle for the medium mesh stick instead of a #8 knitting needle and a #0 knitting needle for the small mesh stick instead of a #3 knitting needle.

Instructions used from the Priscilla Netting Book

It makes me wonder if the editor of the Priscilla Netting Book used the pattern from Tatting and Netting, if they both came up with the same idea independently, or if they both get it from another source.

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I finished another of the doilies I am making again, Eyelet Lace. 

Eyelet Lace

The Eyelet Lace doily is a variation on the Eyelet doily my grandmother made.  I misread the instructions and did something different. Rather than cut off all the netting between where the mistake was and where I noticed the mistake, I changed the pattern slightly and had a new doily pattern.


Can you find where I went wrong?  It was only two loops, a simple miscounting. What other changes did I make?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Netted Fringe from Tatting and Netting

The instructions for Netted Fringe, found on page 112 of Tatting and Netting, by Butterick Publishing Company, looked simple to do.  They were simple to do.  But I could not get what I had made to look like the picture in the book.

The first time I tried the pattern, I did each row with a single strand of thread.

My second attempt used double thread on rows 2 and 4, like the pattern implied.  I chose not to put the fringe on this one and the last attempt because I was in a hurry and the fringe would look the same on each.

For my third try I used a 3/8" mesh stick instead of the 3/4" suggested in the directions for rows 2 and 4. This sample was much closer to what was shown in the book.  I used double thread for rows 2 and 4.

I should probably make one more using the 3/8" mesh and a single strand of thread for the entire pattern before I decide which one is closest to the illustration in the book.  Or more importantly, which one I like more.