Saturday, May 26, 2018

Rectangle of Square-Mesh – 6 x 11 squares - Starting from the Middle


Once I finished the rectangle of square-mesh that was an odd width of squares by an even length of squares (5 x 14), I decided to try one that was an even width of squares by an odd length of squares.


Rectangle of Square-Mesh – 6 x 11 squares - Starting from the Middle
Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

I made it with size 20 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 small 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 large mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop. (7 loops in the row)
Row 3: Using the large mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops; net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the last row)
Rows 4-7: Continue by repeating Row 3 until there are only 2 loops in the row. (For each additional row, the number of loops will decrease by 1.)   When there are only 2 loops on a row, net those 2 loops together without using a mesh stick.
Cut the thread. Remove the netting from the foundation loop (which unties the knots created in Row 1) and undo the former knots in Row 1 to straighten the loops. 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 1.
Lengthen the Rectangle
Row 8: (Increase Row) Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; net 2 knots in the last loop. (8 loops in the row)
Row 9: (Decrease Row) Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row)
Rows 10-11: Repeat these 2 rows until the number of squares desired equals the number of squares on the long side of the rectangle.
Row 12: Net 1 knot in each loop. (7 loops in the row)
Finish the Rectangle
Row 13: (Decrease Row) Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops; net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row)
Rows 14-17: Continue by repeating this decrease row until there are only 2 loops in the row. (For each additional row, the number of loops will decrease by 1.)   When there are only 2 loops on a row, net those 2 loops together without using a mesh stick.
Cut the thread and remove the netting from the foundation loop.

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