## Saturday, April 26, 2014

### Net Edging from 1876 Peterson's Magazine

I was puzzled the first, second, and third times I tried to make this edge. I did fine until I read the instructions that said, "2nd. With the small mesh net a stitch on every stitch of 5. Miss the single one." I could not see how to "Miss the single one."

Here are the instructions I was trying to follow from page 449 of the 1876 Peterson's Magazine.

The Border, which must now be done, is very simple. With the same mesh as you have used for the square [a size 4 knitting needle], do two rounds. Then with the three-quarter inch mesh do one round thus — + 5 stitches in one, one stitch in the next, + all round.
2nd. With the small mesh net a stitch on every stitch of 5. Miss the single one.
3rd. Same mesh. 4 stitches over 5. Miss the intervening.
4th. Same mesh. 3 stitches over 4. Miss the loop between.
5th. Same mesh. 2 over 3. Miss the loop between.

I tried several things, but nothing looked right. Finally I decided to add one row of plain netting (netting 1 knot in each loop across the row) before making the one that was giving me such problems. That gave me a single loop to miss and all the other rows worked out!

This looks like the picture in the book.

Can you figure out how to create this look without adding a row into the instructions?

Here are the instructions I used.

Row 1:
#4 knitting needle
Net 9 knots in the foundation loop.

Rows 2-3:
#4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 4:
3/4" flat mesh stick
Net 5 knots in the first loop, *net 1 knot in the following loop, net 5 knots in the next loop*; repeat from * to *.

Row 5:
#4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 6:
#4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops*; repeat from * to *.

Row 7:
#4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops*; repeat from * to *.

Row 8:
#4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops*; repeat from * to *.

Row 9:
#4 knitting needle
Without using the mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with the mesh stick, net 1 knot in the next loop, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops*; repeat from * to *.

To edge a handkerchief, I made the following changes to convert the instructions from rounds to rows:

Round 1
#0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each hemstitch space with 5 loops (6 knots in each corner)

Round 2-3:
#0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Round 4:
3/4" flat mesh stick
Net 5 knots in the first loop, *net 1 knot in the following loop, net 5 knots in the next loop*; repeat from * to *.

Round 5:
#0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Round 6:
#0 knitting needle
Skip 1 loop; net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, tie the CK.

Round 7:
#0 knitting needle
Skip 1 loop; net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, tie the CK.

Round 8:
#0 knitting needle
Skip 1 loop; net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, tie the CK.

Round 9:
#0 knitting needle
Skip 1 loop; net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in the last loop, net 1 more knot in the loop formed by the CK, tie an overhand knot tightly against that knot. Cut the threads, leaving very short ends.