Saturday, June 23, 2012
Net Hats Using Diagonal Netting
Even before I had finished netting my first hat, I found myself planning the second one. I wanted to do the entire hat in the Diagonal Netting Stitch but had difficulties figuring out how to do the first two stitches of the round. So, I decided to net two plain stitches and then one Diagonal Netting Stitch. I followed that sequence for the rest of the hat.
As you can see on a back view of the hat, the nine Diagonal Netting Stitches gently curve around the hat.
I still wanted to try just the Diagonal Netting Stitch. After leaving the problem of starting the round with the Diagonal Netting Stitch at the back of my mind for a few days, I received the answer to solve the problem. Here is the small hat that resulted.
I said small hat because even though I had the same number of loops in this hat as I did in the one above, the red one would fit an adult and the blue one would fit a new-born. There are two reasons this happened. First, I changed from a 1/2" to a 3/8" mesh stick. Second, I removed the plain stitches from the pattern and made all the stitches the Diagonal Netting Stitch. This stitch pulls the netting closer together and results in a smaller piece of netting for the same number of stitches. Either change by itself would have resulted in a smaller hat. Doing both in the same hat resulted in a very small hat.
Since I want to see how this hat pattern looks in an adult size, I'll be working with either many more loops per round, or a bigger size mesh stick, both slightly more loops and a larger mesh stick as I try the pattern again this week.