Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Rectangle of Square Diamond Netting


After finally figuring out how to make a square of Square Diamond Netting, I wanted to make a rectangle of Square Diamond Netting.



The same instructions about making the long and short loops I gave last week still pertain. I've listed again the 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.


I've also included the 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 rectangle 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 odd row.


Corner Turning 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.

Lengthening Rows:
                Odd Increase Row: (the loops at the bottom of the finished row are even with each other)
                                Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the small loop,
*net a short loop in the long loop, net a long loop in the short loop*;
repeat from * to *, end with net 2 short loops in the last loop,
turn the netting.

                Even Decrease Row: (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 next loop, net a long-wrapped 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.

Repeat these two rows to lengthen the rectangle until the desired # of small squares are on the long side of the rectangle, ending with an increase row.

Decreasing Rows
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.
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 first loop, now with a mesh stick, *net a short loop in the next loop, net a long loop in the following loop; * repeat from * to * across the row, turn the netting.
Repeat these two decreasing rows until 2 loops remain.

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 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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Square-mesh netting in strips - with loops


One of the other square-mesh patterns included in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont was a strip of netting with loops along the bottom instead of the usual selvage.



Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

A Strip of Square-Mesh Netting – Selvage on the Top and Loops on the Bottom – 7 Squares High

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 strip of square-mesh netting:

Row 1:  Net 8 more knots into the foundation loop.  (8 loops 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 1 knot into each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (9 loops in the row)
Row 3:  Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting and start the next row. (8 loops in the row)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece is as long as desired. Lacis or net embroidery can be added onto the squares.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Square-Mesh Netting - in strips


Several months ago I was almost ready to proof-read and self-publish a book on square-mesh netting. I just needed to finish working with my husband on the patterns for square-mesh scallops. I also wanted to find two more patterns and figure out how to make them. One was a frame of square-mesh netting with an empty space in the middle. The other was square-mesh netting with big and little squares. Eventually I located them in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont.

To my surprise, I also found instructions and photos for how to make strips of square-mesh netting, how to make square mesh netting starting in the center of the square and working to the corners instead of starting at one corner and working to the diagonal corner, and how to put loops on the edges of the netting. These techniques should be included in any book devoted to making square mesh netting. I began making them and found myself expanding the squares into rectangles.

The strip of square-mesh netting caught my eye and I thought it looked easy enough.


Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

A Strip of Square-Mesh Netting – Selvage Edges on the Top and Bottom – 7 Squares High

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 strip of square-mesh netting:

Row 1:  Net 8 more knots into the foundation loop.  (8 loops 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 1 knot into each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (9 loops in the row)
Row 3:  Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (8 loops in the row)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece is as long as desired. Lacis or net embroidery can be added onto the squares.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lantern Stitch Rectangular Shawl


This rectangular shawl turned out to be much wider than I expected. The rows went across the long portion of the shawl. I made sure to have plenty of stitches, since I thought the stitch would stretch down. It did not. Instead it stretched across the row.



Here is the shawl as seen from the back.




This is a closeup of the Lantern Decorative Stitch.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hula Stitch Net Shawl - fan


This shawl went a bit fuller than I expected. Some day I'll try one without quite so many stitches. The Hula Increase Stitch increases the number of loops while also pulling some stitches close together.



This is the shawl laid out flat.




Here is the front of the shawl.




 Here is the back of the shawl.




This is a close-up of the neck edge and the first three increases sections.




Here is a close-up of the bottom edge. This edge is a variation of the Spider Decorative Stitch.




Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cube Stitch Shawl - oval


This was my first attempt to create an oval shawl.  I used a bulky yarn, much thicker than I ususally use. I began by making a rectangle using the Cube Decorative Stitch. Next, along one of the long sides, I decreased the number of stitches, using a Peaks Decrease Stitch. That is the part that would go around the neck. Finally, I net the Rigging Edge around the entire shawl.

This is what the shawl looks like when it is laid out flat.




This is the shawl as seen from the front. To keep the shawl on, it may be necessary to attach two or three of the loops together with some form of button.





This is the shawl as seen from the back. The rectangle of  Cube Decorative Stitch is in the middle of the back.


This oval shawl does not like to stay on my shoulders as well as the fan-shaped shawls do.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cube Stitch Net Shawl


I had been saving some variegated yarn I really liked. I decided to use it and make a shawl with one of my favorite stitches - the Cube Stitch. This shawl was made using several rows of the Icicle Increase Stitch, multiple rows of the Cube Decorative Stitch, and the Increase Rigging Edge with Fringe.

Here is the shawl laid out flat. The cube stitch creates several optical illusions, cubes and circles to name a couple. 




Here is the front of the shawl.





Here is the back of the shawl.













Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fireworks (small)


This is one of the doilies my grandmother Esther Peterson Bott Freeman designed. She made it using two colors. This is what it looked like without the color. I think I like it better with the color on the outer rows of the doily.



If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chariot Wheel


When I first made this doily I was trying to make another one. I made a mistake, and rather than cut off the many rows I had completed, I changed the edge to one that would work with the number of stitches I had.



If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Harvest


I wanted to see what it a doily would look like if I changed the center and edge of Pineapple.



If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Poise (small)


This is another doily made by my grandmother Esther Peterson Bott. I wanted to see what it looked like without the outer portion in colored thread.



If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tranquility


This doily had the center, stitches, and edge chosen by one of my daughters. She knew how to net, but I chose to make it for her.



If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Starlit


Here is another of the doilies starched back in July 2016. 



If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Shining Star


I have been trying to re-make doilies that I made before I got a digital camera. Before I had a digital camera, I used a photocopy machine to create a paper copy of what each doily looked like. Since it is hard to completely copy a circle onto a rectangle, especially when the circle is bigger than the rectangle, I did not get a circular view of the doilies.

Last July I finally took the ones I had recently completed and starched them, photographed them, and posted them to my website as replacements for the rectangles I had there as place holders. I forgot to post them here. So for the next few weeks, I will post one of them each week.



If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.



Saturday, January 28, 2017

Celestial Dream


Many years ago I was trying to explain how simple it was to design a doily - at least choosing the stitches, center and edge to use. The lady I was talking to ended up suggesting which center, stitches, and edge I should use for my next doily. This was the result.


If you want to know more about this doily, its size, and which stitches were used, click here.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Splendor


It's been a while since I've posted a doily. Part of the reason is that I'm still trying to figure out square-mesh scallops and part of the reason is that the doilies I'm making again are all either large or have thousands of knots. However, I finally starched this one, even though it has been finished for more than a year. I called it Splendor when I first designed and made it many years ago.


For more information about this doily, its size and stitches, come see it.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Golden Ray Shawl


Decades ago I made a doily I called Golden Ray. I made it originally to see how easy it was to put bits of color into a doily. (I decided that was not worth the effort it took.)



A couple of years ago I decided to try to make a shawl using this doily as a beginning. It was the very first time I tried to make a circular shawl with a wedge removed from the circle. If I were to make it again, there are parts I would not make quite as full. The fullness makes it harder to see the net pattern. I would also use larger mesh sticks in some places.


When it was finally finished, it was more of a cape than a shawl on me.

However, I had a granddaughter who was about 18 months old the Christmas of 2015, and she loved it. So, I gave it to her and she still uses it.






Saturday, January 7, 2017

Waterfalls Shawl


I liked the way the Swish Shawl fit. I decided to make another shawl with a similar shape. This time I based it on a doily I made a few years ago which I called Waterfalls.



I raided my stash of  yarn, unlabeled and given to me over the years, and made a white Waterfalls Shawl.  This lilac colored shawl was then made by my daughter, who also raided my unlabeled yarn.































I finished mine shortly after the Swish Shawl.

My daughter finished hers in time to enter it into the Eastern States Exposition (Big E).