## Saturday, August 26, 2017

### A Square Square-Mesh Frame with an Odd Number of Squares

Once I had figured out how to net a square square-mesh frame with an even number of squares along the edges, I wanted to know what differences would result from using odd numbers instead of even numbers.

I learned that if I design a square with an odd number of squares along the outside edges,  the edges of the inner square will also have an odd number.

Here are the instructions
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 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 in the first loop; increase by netting two knots in the 2nd loop. (3 loops in the row)
Row 3: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net 2 knots in the last loop. (4 loops in the row)
Rows 4-11:  Net one knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in that last loop. (12 loops in the last row)

Forming the top of the square
Row 12 (part 1): Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops. (6 loops in the row)
Row 13: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 14: Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 15: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 16: Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 17: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.

Turn Corner and Start Side
Row 18 (Decrease – Increase Row): Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together, net 1 more knot in those two loops. (7 loops in the row)
Row 19: Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is now on the outer edge.
Row 20: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is now on the inner edge.
Row 21: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 22: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is now on the inner edge.
Row 23: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 24: (part 1): Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (5 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.

Cut the thread on the inside edge.

Start the Second Half of the Square
Tie the thread from the shuttle onto the bottom of the first loop of the outer loop of row 11.

Row 12 (second part of the first partial row): Net 1 more knot in the in which the needle is tied, net 1 knot in each loop for the remaining loops on this partial row. (6 loops in the row)
Row 13: Net 1 knot in the first loop; increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 14: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 15: Net 1 knot in the first loop; increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 16: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 17: Net 1 knot in the first loop; increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.

Turn Corner and Start Bottom
Row 18 (Decrease – Increase Row): Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together, net 1 more knot in those two loops. (7 loops in the row)
Row 19: Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is now on the outer edge.
Row 20: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is now on the inner edge.
Row 21: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 22: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.
Row 23: Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 24: (part 1): Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (7 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge. Cut the thread on the inside edge.

Join Partial Rows and Decrease
Tie the thread from the shuttle to the bottom of the first loop formed in the row the row just finished.
Row 25: Net together the first and second loops, net 1 knot in each loop until reaching the 2 closed loops, net the two closed loops together, joining both parts of the partial row, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together (11 loops in the row)
Row 26: Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.
Repeat row 26 until there are two loops left.

Tie the Last Corner
Finish the final row by netting these two loops together, but without a mesh stick.
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, August 19, 2017

### A Square Square-Mesh Frame with an Even Number of Squares

Netting can become addictive, especially if it answers one of my "I wonder what would happen if ..." questions. I wanted to see how having an even number of squares on the outside of the square would affect the way the frame was created. I chose to have 20 squares along the outer edge and 8 squares along each side of the inner square.

Here are the instructions for this frame.

Square of Square-mesh Netting -- 20 outer squares, 8 inner squares, 6 border squares
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 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 in the first loop; increase by netting two knots in the 2nd loop. (3 loops in the row)
Row 3: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net 2 knots in the last loop. (4 loops in the row)
Rows 4-13:  Net one knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in that last loop. (14 loops in the row)

Forming the top of the square
Row 14 (part 1): Net 1 knot in each loop for 7 loops. (7 loops in the row)
Row 15: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 16: Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 17: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 18: Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 19: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 20: Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.

Turn Corner and Start Side
Row 21: (Decrease - Increase row): Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick, net 1 more knot in the first loop, net 1 knot in all other loops. (7 loops in the row)
Row 22: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.
Row 23: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 24: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.
Row 25: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 26: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.
Row 27: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 28: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.

Cut the thread on the inner edge.

Start the Second Half of the Square
Tie the thread from the shuttle onto the bottom of the first loop of row 13.
Row 14 (second part of the first partial row - finish netting the rest of the loops in the first partial row): Net 1 more knot in the loop in which the needle is tied, net 1 knot in each loop for the remaining loops on this partial row. (7 loops in the row)
Row 15: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 16: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 17: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 18: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.
Row 19: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the outer edge.
Row 20: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the inner edge.

Turn Corner and Start Bottom
Row 21: (Decrease - Increase row): Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now with a mesh stick, net 1 more knot in the first loop, net 1 knot in all other loops. (7 loops in the row)
Row 22: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.
Row 23: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 24: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.
Row 25: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 26: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.
Row 27: Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row) The decrease is on the outer edge.
Row 28: Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row) The increase is on the inner edge.

Cut the thread on the inside edge.

Join Partial Rows and Decrease

Tie the thread from the shuttle to the bottom of the first loop formed in the row just finished.

Row 29 (Joining Partial Rows): Net together the first and second loops, net 1 knot in each loop until you reach the two closed loops, net the two closed loops together, joining both partial rows, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (13 loops in the row)

Row 30: Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.

Repeat row 30 until there are two loops left.

Tie the Last Corner

Finish the final row by netting these two loops together, but without a mesh stick.
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, August 12, 2017

### Single Handle Onion Bag

This week I completed a different type of Onion Bag. It differs from last week's bags in that it does not have a Moebius Handle; it has a plain single handle without the Moebius twist.

Unlike the Onion Bag with a Moebius Handle, this bag has a handle with two edges and two sides - an inside and an outside.

## Saturday, August 5, 2017

### A variety of Onion Bags

This week I received a challenge. I don't think the person giving the challenge realized that it was a challenge. I was asked if I could make an onion bag that was 20 inches long when it was filled. An onion bag has a hole at the top of the bag and a hole in the side of the bag where you can add or remove onions without reaching all the way to the top.

My original bag pattern produced a bag that was 23 inches long when it was filled.

During the week I tried over and over and over again to achieve a bag length of 20 inches.

Some were longer, some were shorter, all were different.

My daughter says she now understands why we have so many string bags around the house.

Sometimes you can't tell how something is going to work until you try it.

These bags all have a Moebius Handle. That means the entire bag is like one big Moebius strip.

I think Moebius bags are fun because the bag has only one edge and only one side, not two. Twist your brain in knots wondering how a surface with only one side can hold anything.