Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Square of Square Diamond Netting


One of the patterns I was looking for several months ago was one with big squares and little squares.
It is called Square Diamond Netting.


This pattern is very confusing. None of the directions I looked at were clear.  One of the sources quoted in The Art of Netting, edited by Jules and Kaethe Kliot gave only the following instructions:
"In making a foundation of this style, the work is begun in the usual manner. For the small squares the thread is wrapped once about the mesh-stick; for the large squares it is wrapped twice. This makes a pretty foundation for darning fancy patterns upon."
I finally resorted to looking very closely at the few drawings of the stitch that I could find. From that, and subsequent practice, I learned that there are two lengths of loops tied in this type of stitch – a long loop and a short loop. I found, however, that there are three ways to create the long loop.


NAME
INSTRUCTIONS
wrapped long loop
Wrap the yarn once around the mesh stick by putting it across the front of the mesh stick, around the mesh stick, and up the back side of the mesh stick.  Then tie the netting knot in the usual way.

long loop in a long loop
Remove the mesh stick if necessary.  Tie the netting knot so the bottom of the long loop is touching the top of the mesh stick.

long loop in a short loop
Tie the knot at the bottom of the short loop by gradually pulling the thread slightly upwards not downwards when ending the netting knot.

DO NOT have the bottom of the short loop touch the top of the mesh stick.


There are also two ways to create the short loop.

NAME
INSTRUCTIONS
short loop in a short loop
Pull short loop down so the bottom of the short loop is touching the top of the mesh stick.  Tie the netting knot in the regular way.

short loop in a long loop
Tie the netting knot in the regular way.  The bottom of the long loop is touching the mesh stick




Here are my instructions for creating a square of Diamond Square 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.
Increase Portion of the Square
Row 1:  Net 2 more knots into the foundation loop. (2 loops both small 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 a long-wrapped loop in the first loop net both a short loop and a long-wrapped loop into the last loop. (3 loops, long, short, and long in the row)

Repeating Increase Rows
Odd Rows: (the loops at the bottom of the finished row are even with each other)
*Net a short loop in the long loop, net a long loop in the short loop; *
repeat from * to * until there is one loop left,
net 2 short loops in the last loop and turn the netting.
Even Rows: (the loops at the bottom of the finished row are jagged)
Net a long-wrapped loop in the first loop,
*net a short loop in the long loop, net a long loop in the short loop; *
Repeat from * to * until there is one loop left,
Net both a short loop and a long, wrapped loop into the last loop.

Repeat the odd and even rows until the number of small squares desired appear on the sides of the triangle. The last row will be an even row.


Decrease Portion of the Square
                First Odd Decrease Row:
                        Net a short loop in the next loop,
                        *net 1 long-wrapped loop in the following loop, net a short loop in the next loop*; repeat from * to * across the row.

                First Even Decrease Row:
Net a short loop in the first loop,
*Net a long-wrapped loop in the next loop, net a short loop in the following loop; *
repeat from * to * until there is one loop left,
net a short loop in the last loop, turn the netting.

Repeating Decrease Rows
Odd Rows: (the loops at the bottom of the finished row are even with each other)
Without a mesh stick net 1 knot in the short loop, now with a mesh stick, *net a short loop in the long loop, net a long loop in the short loop; *
repeat from * to * across the row, turn the netting.
Even Rows: (the loops at the bottom of the finished row are jagged)
Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick, *net a short loop in the next loop, net a long-wrapped loop in the following loop; *
repeat from * to * across the row.
Final Odd and Even Rows
Last Even Row: Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick, net a short loop in the next loop.
Last Odd Row: Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the short loop. Cut the thread near the knot just tied.

Tie the First Corner
Remove the foundation loop from row one of the net. 
Tie the tail onto a tapestry needle, which is used in place of the netting needle. 
Net the first two loops together without using a mesh stick.
Cut the thread near the knot just tied.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rectangle of Square Mesh - 6 x 14 squares - Loops on the Sides and Bottom - Starting from the Middle


I was able to figure out how to put loops on the sides and bottom of the rectangle.


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 7 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 into each loop except the last loop, net the last two loops together.
Row 4:  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 rows 3 and 4. 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.

Lengthen the Rectangle:
1. Net 1 knot into each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row)
2. Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting. (7 loops in the row)

Repeat these 2 rows until the number of squares desired equals the number of squares in the long side of the rectangle, ending with row 2.

Finish the Rectangle:
Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting.

Repeat this row until there are only 2 loops on a row, without using a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop and skip the second loop.

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



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Rectangle of Square Mesh - 5 x 11 squares - Loops on the Bottom - Starting from the Middle


I could not figure out how to put loops on all four sides of a rectangle of square-mesh netting, but I did figure out how to put it on one side - the bottom.


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 into each loop except the last loop, net the last two loops together.

Continue by repeating rows 3. 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.

Lengthen the Rectangle:
1. Net 1 knot into 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 the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting. (6 loops in the row)

Repeat these 2 rows until the number of squares desired equals the number of squares in the long side of the rectangle, ending with row 2.

Finish the Rectangle:
1. Net 1 knot into each loop except the last loop, net the last two loops together.
2. Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting.

Repeat this row until there are only 2 loops on a row, net 1 knot in the first loop, now, without using a mesh stick, net into both the first loop again and into the second loop, netting them together.

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



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rectangle of Square-Mesh – 6 x 12 squares - Starting from the Middle


I wondered if there would be a difference if I used an even number of squares. So I tried it.



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