## Saturday, April 30, 2016

### Border of A Lady's Netted Cap from Treasures in Needlework

On pages 132 - 133 of Treasures in Needlework Mrs. Warren and Mrs Pullan included directions for a Lady's Net Cap.  The border of this cap is hard to see in the illustration, so I decided to make it to see what it looked like. The mesh sticks called for in this pattern were steel meshes #10, #12, and #14 and a 3/4" flat mesh stick.  I converted those mesh stick sizes to a modern US size 0 (2 mm), size 1 (2.25 mm), and size 3 (3 mm), as well as the 3/4" (19 mm) flat one.

Here are my directions for this sample:
Row 1: (#1 knitting needle) Net 10 knots in the foundation loop. [an even number]
Rows 2-7: (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 8: (3/4" mesh) Net 5 knots in each loop.
Row 9-13: (#0 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 14: (#3 knitting needle) Skip the first loop, net 1 knot in following loop, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in the following loop*; repeat from * to *.

## Saturday, April 23, 2016

### Border of Netted Mitten from Treasures in Needlework

On pages 46 and 47 of Treasures in Needlework are the instructions for a pair of lacy net fingerless mittens.  I took the directions for the border or edge of the mittens and reproduced the edge.  There were a few changes made to have the edge work out.

Here are my directions for the Border and Edging shown above:

Row 1: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 18 knots in the foundation loop. [multiple of 5 +3 - ie 8, 13, 18, 23, etc.]
Rows 2-3: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 4: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, * 5 in the 1st loop, 5 in the 2nd; net 3 loops plain; repeat from * all round.
Row 5: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *net 9 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; repeat all round
Rows 6-7: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 8: (#3 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, * 5 in the 1st loop, 5 in the 2nd; net 3 loops plain; repeat from * all round.
Row 9: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3  loops, *net 9 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; repeat all round
Row 10: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 11: (#3 knitting needle)
Skip 3 loops, *net 10 knots in the next loop, skip 4 loops*; repeat from * to * ending with skip 3 loops and net 1 knot in the last loop.
Row 12: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
Net 1 knot in each loop.

## Saturday, April 16, 2016

### Netted Lace from Treasures in Needlework

In 1855, Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Pullan published Treasures in Needlework. Among the patterns were several which included net edges. The instructions for Netted Lace, found on page 13, recommended using a "bone mesh a quarter of an inch wide; steel mesh gauging, No. 13." I used a 1/4" mesh stick and a #1 knitting needle (having converted the Old English size 13 to a modern US size 1 or 2.5 mm).
I also discovered that when the thread is wrapped once around the knitting needle before the netting knot is tied, the finished loop is the equivalent of a 1/4" mesh stick.  So I changed the mesh stick used in rows 11-14 to reflect this. I tried to get my instructions to produce a sample that looked similar to the picture of the stitch.

Here's my version of the directions for this edge.

Row 1: (1/4" mesh) Net 9 loops (or any odd number) in the foundation loop.
Row 2: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 3: (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 4: (#1 knitting needle) Wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, net 1 knot in the first loop (creating a double-length loop), now net 1 more knot in the first loop (creating a regular-sized loop), *wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, net 1 knot in the next loop (creating a double-length loop), in the same loop, net 1 more knot (creating a regular-sized loop)*; repeat from * to *.
Rows 5-6:  (#1 knitting needle) Only netting into the double-length loops, repeat row 4.
Row 7: (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 8: (1/4" mesh) Net 3 knots in the first loop, *skip the next loop, net 7 knots in the following loop*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 4 knots in the last loop.
Row 9:  (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, skip the same loop as in the last row, net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops.
Row 10:  (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, skip the same loop as in the last row, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops*; repeat from * to * ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops.
Row 11: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 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 2 loops.
Row 12: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in the first loop, *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.
Row 13: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in the first loop, *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.
Row 14: (1/4" mesh)  *Skip the next loop, net 1 knot in the following loop*; repeat from * to *.

## Saturday, April 9, 2016

### Another Edge from The Lady's Manual of Fancy-Work

Another Edge, the final net edge included by Mrs. Matilda Marian Pullan, is found on page 93 of The Lady's Manual of Fancy-Work: a complete instructor in every variety of ornamental needle-work.

Row 1: Using a #3 knitting needle
Net 12 more knots in the foundation loop.

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

Row 4: Using a 3/8" flat mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 5: Using a #3 knitting needle
*Working with 2 loops at a time, draw the 2nd loop through the 1st loop, then draw the 1st loop through the 2nd loop, net 1 knot in the 1st loop, then net 1 knot in the 2nd loop*; repeat from * to *.

Rows 6-7:  Using a #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

## Saturday, April 2, 2016

### Another Lace from The Lady's Manual of Fancy-Work

This net lace edging, Another Lace is found on page 93 of The Lady's Manual of Fancy-Work: a complete instructor in every variety of ornamental needle-work by Mrs. Matilda Marian Pullan. It uses a netting needle filled with a double thread as well as a a netting needle filed with a single strand of thread. I did not "Conclude by taking some of the silk four times doubled and working one stitch between every two of last row, with a somewhat coarser mesh". I thought the 8 strands of thread looked too heavy for a final row.

Here are my instructions without the final row.

Row 1: Use #0 knitting needle and a single-thread shuttle
Net 9 more knots in the foundation loop.

Rows 2-3:  Use #0 knitting needle and a single-thread shuttle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 4: Use 1/2" mesh stick and a double-thread shuttle
Net 3 knots in the first loop, *skip 1 stitch, net 3 knots*; repeat from * to *.

Row 5:  Use #0 knitting needle and a single-thread shuttle
Net 1 knot in each thread of the first 2 double-thread loops, making 4 loops, treat the next double-thread loop as one loop and net 1 knot in that double -thread loop, *net 1 knot in each thread of the next 2 double-thread loops, making 4 loops, treat the next double-thread loop as one loop and net 1 knot i that double-thread loop*; repeat from * to *.

Row 6: Use #0 knitting needle and a single-thread shuttle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 7: Use #0 knitting needle and a single-thread shuttle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, *skip a loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops*; ending with net the last 2 loops together.

Row 8: Use #0 knitting needle and a single-thread shuttle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *skip a loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops*; ending with net the last 2 loops together.

Row 9: Use #0 knitting needle and a single-thread shuttle
Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, net 1 knot in the next loop, *skip a loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops*; ending with net the last 2 loops together.