Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tiny star


Stars are popular at Christmas time. So, this week I'm including a net star. It is a five-pointed star with smooth edges. The center is a variation of the Well Center, so I've named this star Well 5-pointed Star.



I've put it in the same kind of acrylic ornament holder that was used last week.







Instructions for Well 5-pointed Star

2.5 inch diameter
10 yards tatting thread
231 knots in the star

Rounds Mesh Stick Instructions

1 1/4" Form grommet with 15 loops (last one tied by hand with CK). (15 loops in the round)
2         1/4"           Net 2 more knots in the loop formed by the CK, net 3 knots in all other loops.  (45 loops in the round)
3-5        #0 kn  Net 1 knot in each loop. (45 loops in the round)

Pointed Edge
1 #0 kn Turn the netting and net into the last loop formed in the previous row. Net 1 knot in each loop for 8 loops.  Turn the netting. (8 loops in the row)
2 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (7 loops in the row)
3 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (6 loops in the row)
4 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (5 loops in the row)
5 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (4 loops in the row) 225
6 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (3 loops in the row)
7 #0 kn Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (2 loops in the row)
8 none Without using a mesh stick, net the final 2 loops together. (1 loop in the row)


Remaining Points:

If desired, place a locking stitch marker every 9 loops to mark where the other points will be placed.

Tie the thread from the netting shuttle into loop on row 5.  The loop should be where the previous point was attached to row 5 or one loop to the left of the marker.  This thread will be untied at the end of this row.

Net 1 knot in each loop for 9 loops.

Untie the first knot tied to the loop in round 5 and cut it short.

Repeat Point Rows 2-8. 

Continue these directions until all 5 points are made.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Netting and acrylic ornaments



This year I wanted to try something new, so I ordered some 3-1/2" Round Clear Acrylic Christmas Ornament Embroidery Blank and planned to fill them with circular netting. Since the space where the doilies were to go was smaller than most of my doilies, I needed to resize some doilies. 

Several years ago I found this net doily center.  I tried it and then adjusted the size to about 5 inches. Now I needed to make it about half as small - about 2.5 inches.




By changing my mesh sticks or gauges to a smaller size, I was able to resize this doily. I had some  tatting thread someone had given me. I started with a small amount of green thread and then realized that it would not be enough to complete the project. Since I did not seem to have any more of that exact shade of green, I decided to finish the tiny doily with a golden colored thread.




My biggest question then became: "Is the doily small enough to fit in the acrylic ornament blank?"



Yes. It fit perfectly.

Here are the instructions for this tiny doily I call Balsam:

PINECONE (center)

Row 1: mesh stick: #3 kn
     Form grommet with 12 loops (last one tied by hand with CK). (12 loops in the round)

Rows 2-3:       mesh stick: #3 kn
     Net 1 knot in each loop. (12 loops in the round)

Row 4: mesh stick:1/4"
     In loop formed by CK net 7 more knots, in all other loops net 8 knots. (96 loops in the round)

Rows 5-9: mesh stick: #0 kn
     Net 1 knot in each loop. (96 loops in the round)

Row 10: mesh stick: #0 kn    
     Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, * to create point net 7 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop for 9 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops.  (60 loops in the round)

Row 11: mesh stick: #0 kn
     Net 1 knot in each loop.  (60 loops in the round)










Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tiny Doily - another new ornament


A few years ago, while browsing online, I came across a net doily, 25 cm in diameter, made of Diamond Netting. I am still learning about this type of netting, so I decided to see if I could figure out the instructions to create it. I created a pattern for that doily.  My pattern contained instructions for two sizes: a 10 inch doily and a 5 inch doily.




Recently I began making tiny doilies to fit into acrylic ornaments. I experimented and created a tiny one of this pattern.



And it fit on the first try!





Here are my instructions.

Diamond Netting Doily

10 inches (about 5 inches) [about 2.5 inches]



Row 1:
1.5-inch (¾ inch) [3/8 inch] mesh stick
Net 24 loops into foundation loop, the last one tied by hand forming a CK.

Row 2: twisted stitch
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop twisting each loop 5 (5) [2] times before tightening the knot.

Row 3-4: 
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 5:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a wrapped loop,
net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops*;
repeat from * to*, ending with
net a short loop in each loop for 2 loops and tie the last short loop in the round with a CK.

Row 6:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a long loop in a long loop,
net 5 more knots in the long loop,
net a long loop in a short loop,
net one short loop in each loop for two loops
remove the mesh stick*;
repeat from * to * ending with
net a short loop in the last loop, and tie the last short loop in the round with a CK.

Row 7:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a long loop in a long loop,
net 1 short loop in each loop for 6 loops,
net a long loop in a short loop,
net a short loop in the next loop,
remove the mesh stick*;
repeat from * to * ending with
net a short loop in the last loop, and tie the last short loop in the round with a CK.

Row 8:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
*Net a long loop in a long loop,
net 1 short loop in each loop for 7 loops,
net a long loop in a short loop,
remove the mesh stick*;
repeat from * to * ending by tying the last long loop in the round with a CK.

Rows 9-10:
½ inch (¼ inch) [#3 knitting needle] mesh stick
   Net 1 knot in each loop.