Saturday, September 15, 2018

When is a circle not a circle


In attempting to create a circle of netting using rows instead of rounds and with about 50 loops around the circumference, I made some changes to the sample from last week.

I reduced the number of loops in the first and last rows. However, I also increased the number of increase and decrease rows to the extent that this piece of netting looks more like an octagon rather than a circle.




This sample has 47 loops around the circumference and a total of 486 knots.

Instructions
Row 1: Tie thread onto foundation loop, net 6 loops into foundation loop.
Row 2: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 3: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 4: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 5: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 6: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 7: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 8: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 9: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 10: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 11: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 12: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 13: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Rows 14-24: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 25: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
Row 26: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 27: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
Row 28: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 29: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
Row 30: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 31: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
Row 32: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 33: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
Row 34: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 35: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

More circles of netting - rows not rounds


Achieving the look of a circle using rows instead of rounds can be tricky. It is necessary to balance the number of starting and ending loops, the number of plain rows, and the number of increase and decrease rows. This sample looks more like a square or rectangle with rounded corners. It is even more challenging when a certain number of loops around the circumference is desired. I wanted there to be about 50 loops around the netting.


This pattern contains 438 knots and has 46 loops around the circumference.

Instructions

Row 1: Tie thread onto foundation loop, net 10 loops into foundation loop.
Row 2: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 3: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 4: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Row 5: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 6: Net 2 knots in the first loop, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop.
Rows 12-23: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 24: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
Row 25: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 26: Net 2 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together.
Row 27: Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 28: Net 1 knot in each loop.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Circle of netting - created using rows, not rounds



This month I've been working on creating net circles in rows and figuring out how many loops they have around the edge. This particular piece of netting has a total of 24 rows (the first row of knots was attached to the foundation loop and has been undone), 256 knots, and 35 points around the circumference where a knot could be tied.

From one perspective this circle looks like it has been done in diamond-mesh netting; from another angle, though, it looks like square-mesh netting. Which is it? That depends on your perspective since square-mesh netting is diamond-mesh netting turned slightly and pulled taut.

This circle can be used as the base of a bag or the center of a hairnet.



Row Instructions
1 Tie thread onto foundation loop, net 6 loops into foundation loop. (6 loops in the row)
2 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop. (7 loops in the row)
3 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop. (8 loops in the row)
4 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop. (9 loops in the row)
5 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop. (10 loops in the row)
6 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop. (11 loops in the row)
7 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 knots the last loop. (12 loops in the row)
8-18 Net 1 knot in each loop. (12 loops in the row)
19 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together. (11 loops in the row)
20 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together. (10 loops in the row)
21 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together. (9 loops in the row)
22 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together. (8 loops in the row)
23 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row)
24 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net those 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row)



Saturday, August 25, 2018

A Rectangular Square-Mesh Frame an Odd Number of Squares in the Width and with an Even Number of Squares in the Length


Over the past few weeks I have tried various combinations of odd and even numbers of squares to create a net frame. This week there is only one variation left to try (odd width and even length), so I decided to make a net frame with the following numbers:
  • the outer width 11 squares and the inner width 5 squares
  • the outer length 16 squares and the inner length 10 squares
  • the border 3 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:
a.      Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leave a long tail, at least 6 to 8 inches.
b.      Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
c.      Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
d.       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 4-7
 Continue repeating row 3. (8 loops in final row)

Forming the top of the square
Row 8
(first partial row) Divide the number of loops in half and net 1 knot in each loop for half of the loops.  (4 loops in the row)
Row 9
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 10
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 11
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)

Turn Corner and Start Side
Row 12
 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. (5 loops in the row)
Row 13
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 14
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 15
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 16
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 17
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 18
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 19
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 20
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 21
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together, net 1 more knot in these 2 loops. (5 loops in the row)

Cut the thread on the outer edge.

Start the Second Half of the Square
Tie the thread from the needle onto the bottom of the first loop of the last complete increase row.
1.       Tie the end of the thread from the shuttle to the appropriate loop.
2.       Without using a mesh stick, tie a netting knot into the same loop.
3.       Untie the original knot that joined the shuttle to the loop, leaving just the netting knot.

Row 8
 (second part of 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. (4 loops in the row)
Row 9
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 10
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 11
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 12
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 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. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 14
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 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. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 16
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 17
 Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now using the mesh stick, net 1 more knot in that first loop, net 1 knot in each of the remaining loops. (5 loops in the row)

Turn Corner and Start Bottom Side
Row 18
 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 loops in the last loop. (5 loops in the row)
Row 19
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row)
Row 20
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 21
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row)


Join Partial Rows and Decrease
Row 22
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, net the next two loops together, (joining both partial rows), net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together (7 loops in the row)
Row 23
 Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.

Repeat Row 23 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 18, 2018

A Rectangular Square-Mesh Frame with an Even Number of Squares in the Width and an Odd Number of Squares in the Length


Having made the rectangular square-mesh frame with an odd number in both the width and length,  as well as with an even number in both the width and length, I wondered what would be different if I mixed odd and even numbers in both the width and the length. I decided to make a frame with the following numbers:
  • the outer width 12 squares and the inner width 4 squares
  • the outer length 15 squares and the inner length 7 squares
  • the border 4 squares 




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:
a.   Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leave a long tail, at least 6 to 8 inches.
b.   Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
c.     Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
d.    Tighten the slipknot.                    
3.       Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
4.       Choose a mesh stick.

Increase Portion of the Rectangle
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 except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (4 loops in the row)
Rows 4-9
Continue repeating row 3. (10 loops in final row)


Forming the top of the rectangle
Row 10
(first partial row) Divide the number of loops in half and net 1 knot in each loop for half of the loops.  (4 loops in the row)
Row 11
Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 12
Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row)
 

Turn Corner and Start Side
Row 13
Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now using the mesh stick, net 1 more knot in that loop, net 1 knot in each remaining loop. (5 loops in the row)
Row 14
Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (6 loops in the row)
Row 15
Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Rows 16-19
Repeat rows 14-15. The last row will be a decrease row.

Cut the thread on the outer edge.




Start the Second Half of the Rectangle
Tie the thread from the needle to the bottom of the first loop of the last complete increase row.
1.       Tie the end of the thread from the shuttle to the appropriate loop.
2.       Without using a mesh stick, tie a netting knot into the same loop.
3.       Untie the original knot that joined the shuttle to the loop, leaving just the netting knot.

Row 10
 (second part of 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. (5 loops in the row)
Row 11
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (6 loops in the row)
Row 12
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row)
Rows 13-15
Repeat rows 11 and 12. The last row will be an increase row.

Turn Corner and Start Bottom Side
Row 16
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.  (6 loops in the row)
Row 17
Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)
Row 18
Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 loops in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (6 loops in the row)
Row 19
Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)

Cut the thread on the inner edge.

Join Partial Rows and Decrease
Row 20
Net 1 knot in each loop for the same number of loops as squares in the Border (B), net the next two loops together (joining both partial rows), net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.   (9 loops in the row)
Row 21
 Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (8 loops in the row)
Rows 22-27
Repeat Row 21 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 11, 2018

A Rectangular Square-Mesh Frame an Even Number of Squares in the Width and in the Length


Having made the rectangular square-mesh frame with an odd number in the width and in the length, I wondered what would be different if I used even numbers in both the width and the length. I decided to make a frame with the following numbers:
  • the outer width 14 squares and the inner width 4 squares
  • the outer length 16 squares and the inner length 6 squares
  • the border 5 squares 



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:
a.   Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leave a long tail, at least 6 to 8 inches.
b.   Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
c.     Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
d.    Tighten the slipknot.                    
3.       Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
4.       Choose a mesh stick.


Increase Portion of the Rectangle
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 except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (4 loops in the row)
Rows 4-11
Continue repeating row 3. (12 loops in final row)


Forming the top of the rectangle
Row 12
(first partial row) Divide the number of loops in half and net 1 knot in each loop for half of the loops.  (6 loops in the row)
Row 13
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (7 loops in the row)
Row 14
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is on the inner edge. (6 loops in the row)
 

Turn Corner and Start Side
Row 15
 Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now using a mesh stick, net 1 more knot in that loop, net 1 knot in each remaining loop. (6 loops in the row)
Row 16
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the outer edge. (7 loops in the row)
Row 17
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (6 loops in the row)
Row 18
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the outer edge. (7 loops in the row)
Row 19
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (6 loops in the row)

Cut the thread on the inner edge.




Start the Second Half of the Square
Tie the thread from the needle onto the bottom of the first loop of the last complete increase row.
1.       Tie the end of the thread from the shuttle to the appropriate loop.
2.       Without using a mesh stick, tie a netting knot into the same loop.
3.       Untie the original knot that joined the shuttle to the loop, leaving just the netting knot.

Row 12
 (second part of 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. (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. The increase is on the outer edge. (7 loops in the row)
Row 14
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (6 loops in the row)
Row 15
 Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now using a mesh stick, net 1 more knot in that loop, net 1 knot in each remaining loop.
Row 16
 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (7 loops in the row)

Turn Corner and Start Bottom Side
Row 17
 Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now using the mesh stick, net 1 more knot in that first loop, net 1 knot in each of the remaining loops. (6 loops in the row)
Row 18
 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 loops in the last loop. (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. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (6 loops in the row)

Cut the thread on the inner edge.

Join Partial Rows and Decrease
Row 22
 Net together the first and second loops, net 1 knot in each loop until 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.  (11 loops in the row)
Row 23
 Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.

Repeat Row 23 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.