## 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.