Saturday, June 8, 2019

Tiny regular 5-pointed star and ornament


I've finally come to the end of the tiny stars and doilies I started months ago. This five-pointed star has the most common center of all my circular netting. Because it was the one my grandmother used most, I started calling it the regular center. The edge is the smooth pointed edge. Instead of placing this star into an acrylic frame, I attached it to a 2.25 inch bracelet. It is still able to hang as an ornament on a Christmas Tree.




































Here are the instructions for this tiny star.

Regular Star - tiny
Created by Rita F. Bartholomew
about 5 yards tatting thread
140 knots
2.25“diameter

Tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Regular Center

Round 1
                mesh stick: #8 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 30 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (30 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-4
                mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (30 loops in each round)

Pointed Edge

Row 1
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops. Turn the netting. (6 loops in the row)

Row 2
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops.  (5 loops in the row)

Row 3
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops.  Untie the first knot. Turn the netting. (4 loops in the row)

Row 4
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (3 loops in the row)

Row 5
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop until 2 loops are left, net the last 2 loops together. (2 loops in the row)

Row 6
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Without using a mesh stick, net the final 2 loops together. Cut the thread to the netting needle. (1 loop in the row)


Remaining Points:
Tie the thread from the needle to the last loop net into in row 4. This knot will be untied at the end of this row.

Row 1
                mesh sticks:  #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops, starting with the first free loop to the right of the point. Untie the first knot. Turn the netting. (5 loops in the row)

Continue each point by repeating Point Rows 2-6. 

Repeat these directions until all 6 points are made.





Monday, May 27, 2019

Shawl Pin


For the past several years I have spent the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, Massachusetts. This year was no exception. I spent most of my time in the fiber tent demonstrating netting. Before we headed for home, my youngest daughter, who had also been demonstrating netting, suggested we take a look at the booth that was labeled "Shawl Pins." So we did.

Leslie Wind had never seen a net shawl, but within minutes she had created a pin which  prevents my net shawls from sliding off my shoulders. She tried to get me to create one, but my creative juices had all been used up with 6 hours of demonstrating.


Here is the pin with the shawl I wore to church on Sunday. The shawl, made of ribbon yarn, did not slide off my shoulders at all.

Check out her website to see other creative shawl pins and a wide variety of different types of jewelry: http://www.lesliewind.com.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tiny Apple Seeds



Back on 10 November 2018, I mentioned creating a tiny doily from a larger one. I started making tiny doilies during an online graphics art class I was taking that semester. The class devoted one week to suggestions, ideas, and practices that encouraged creativity. We had to do some creative projects that week and I created the tiny doily. Once I started thinking about tiny doilies, I could not stop thinking about new and different patterns. At one point I had three come to my mind at about the same time and had to get my daughter to help me record them before I forgot the concepts I was trying to hold in my mind. While I did not make all of them that week, I made some and continued making them through Christmas break. Eventually I ended up with 24 doilies small enough to fit into the acrylic frames. This is the last one.

This is the center of the Plain Star from last week. I used tatting thread and a #2 knitting needle as the mesh stick. If I wanted smaller diamonds, I could use a smaller mesh stick and more rows.

















Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Apple Center

Round 1
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 10 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (10 loops in the round)

Round 2
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
*Net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in the next loop;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in last loop. (15 loops in the round)

Round 3
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in the next loop, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (20 loops in the round)

Round 4
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (25 loops in the round)

Round 5
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (30 loops in the round)

Round 6
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (35 loops in the round)


Round 7
mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (35 loops in each round)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Tiny Plain Star



The tiny Plain Star was a smaller version of a Plain Star I created back in 2013. I used a 1/4 inch flat mesh for all rows of the original one. The diameter of the original star was about 5 inches.





The tiny version uses four yards of tatting thread to create the 275 knots. The diameter of the tiny one is 2.25 inches.
































Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Apple Center

Round 1
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 10 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (10 loops in the round)

Round 2
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
 *Net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in the next loop;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in last loop. (15 loops in the round)

Round 3
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
 Net 1 knot in the next loop, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (20 loops in the round)

Round 4
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (25 loops in the round)

Round 5
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (30 loops in the round)

Round 6
mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; *net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops;* repeat from * to * ending with net 2 knots in the last loop. (35 loops in the round)


Round 7
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (35 loops in each round)



Pointed Edge

Row 1
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops. (6 loops in the row)

Row 2
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (5 loops in the row)

Row 3
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (4 loops in the row)

Row 4
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (3 loops in the row)

Row 5
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in the next loop, net the last 2 loops together. (2 loops in the row)

Row 6
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Without a mesh stick, net 2 loops together.  (1 loop in the row)


Additional Points

Row 1
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Tie the thread from the netting needle to the loop of row 7 next to the right side of the point. Without a mesh stick net 1 more knot into that loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops; turn the netting.  Untie the first knot tied to the loop of round 7 and cut it short.

Rows 2-6
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Repeat rows 2-6 of the Lacy Pointed Edge.


Continue repeating the instructions in the Additional Points section until 5 points have been made.



Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tiny Tops


Six and a half years ago, I made some bookmarks with small net circles above a rectangle of netting. I called one of them Tops because the decrease stitch reminded me of a spinning top. This was one tiny doily that did not need changing.






























Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Regular Center

Round 1
mesh stick: 3/8”
Form a grommet with 24 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (24 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-3
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)


Tops Decrease Stitch

Round 4
mesh stick: 3/8”
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)

Round 5
mesh stick: 3/8”
Without mesh stick, net together the loop formed by the CK and the loop to the right of the CK.  Now with the mesh stick, * net 2 loops together*; repeat from * to *.  (12 loops in the round)




Saturday, April 27, 2019

Tiny Tier


Using the Tier center, with small mesh sticks, the tiny doily was small enough to fit within the acrylic holder. With 162 knots, and using 4 yards of tatting thread, the diameter is 2.75 inches.































Instructions

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Tier Center

Round 1
mesh stick: 3/8” flat
Form a grommet with 27 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (27 loops in the round)

Round 2
mesh stick:  3/8” flat
Net 1 knot in each loop.  (27 loops in the round)

Rounds 3-6
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (27 loops in each round)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Tiny Powder Puff


When I originally made Halo, I had wanted something more like this. This reminded me of a tiny powder puff. It has 768 knots, uses 8 yards of tatting thread, and is 2.75 inches in diameter. I had to decrease the size of the of mesh stick from 3/8 inch to a smaller knitting needle which is 3.0 mm in diameter (slightly smaller than a #3 knitting needle). Then I was able to add more rounds of plain netting in both the center and on the edge.






























Here are the instructions:

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Regular Center
Round 1
mesh stick: #11 UK size (3 mm diameter) knitting needle (slightly smaller than an US #3)
Form a grommet with 32 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (32 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-6
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (32 loops in each round)

Carrots Increase Stitch
Round 7
mesh stick: #11 UK size (3 mm diameter) knitting needle (slightly smaller than an US #3)
Net 2 knots in loop formed by CK, net 3 knots in all other loops. (96 loops in the round)

Rounds 8-12
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle


Net 1 knot in each loop. (32 loops in each round)



Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tiny Halo


Serendipity struck again in my netting. I wanted a tiny doily with a simple center that would end with many rounds of plain small mesh. I started with a 3/8" mesh stick for the large mesh stick and a #3 knitting needle for the small mesh. When I finished 448 knots and 8 yards of tatting thread later, the diameter was 2.75 inches. What was the problem? To keep it tiny, I could only have two rounds of small mesh for the final rows. I had a new tiny doily, different from what I had planned.































Here are the instructions:

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Regular Center
Round 1
mesh stick: 3/8” flat
Form a grommet with 32 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (32 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-5
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (32 loops in each round)

Carrots Increase Stitch
Round 6
mesh stick: 3/8” flat
 Net 2 knots in loop formed by CK, net 3 knots in all other loops. (96 loops in the round)

Rounds 7-8
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (32 loops in each round)















Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tiny Lacy Well Star with 5 points


Several weeks ago I showed another lacy 5-pointed star. This star has some similarities (besides being the same color) and some differences. The points in both have the lacy loops along the edge of each point. Both stars have five points. However, the centers are different. This one has a Well Center and the other one had a Web center. In addition, the points for this star are plain - they do not have the small heart-shaped clusters running down the center of each point.



































Here are the instructions for the Lacy Well Star with 5 points.

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Well Center
Round 1
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 20 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (20 loops in the round)

Round 2
mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Net 1 more knot in the loop formed by the CK, net 2 knots in all other loops. (40 loops in each round)

Plain Stitch
Rounds 3-4
mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (40 loops in each round)

Lacy Pointed Edge
Row 1
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for next 7 loops. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. (7 loops in the row)

Row 2
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 7 loops. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. (7 loops in the row)

Row 3
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops. Do NOT net in the last loop of the row. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. (6 loops in the row)

Row 4
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops. Do NOT net in the last loop of the row. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. (5 loops in the row)

Row 5
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops. Do NOT net in the last loop of the row. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. (4 loops in the row)

Row 6
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops. Do NOT net in the last loop of the row. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. (3 loops in the row)

Row 7
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops. Do NOT net in the last loop of the row. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. (2 loops in the row)

Row 8
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in the first loop. Do NOT net in the last loop of the row. Turn the netting to go across the row in the other direction. Cut the thread. (1 loop in the row)


Additional Points
Anchor the thread by tying the thread from the needle to the last loop net in round 4. Net into the first free loop to the right of the point just completed.

Row 1
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot into the following 7 loops (total knots tied in the row equals 8, 7 loops). Untie the anchoring knot tied into the previously made loop.

Rows 2-8
mesh sticks:  #0 knitting needle
Repeat rows 2-8 of the Lacy Pointed Edge.

Continue repeating instructions in the Additional Points section until 5 points have been made.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Tiny Contrast Star with 6 points


Last week I showed the Contrast Star with 5 points. While the two stars have the same number of rows, this one has 630 knots, takes 8 yards of tatting thread to make, and is 2.75 inches in diameter.
































Here are the instructions:

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Design Center

Round 1
                mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 30 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (30 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-5
                mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (30 loops in each round)

Round 6
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; repeat, end with net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops. (36 loops in the round)

Round 7
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in next loop, net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops; repeat, end with net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops. (48 loops in the round)

Round 8
                mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
 Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops; repeat, end with net 1 knot in each loop for 1 loop. (60 loops in each round)

Round 9
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 7 loops, net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in the next loop; repeat, end with net 1 knot in last loop. (72 loops in the round)

Round 10
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 more knot in loop formed by CK, net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 10 loops, *net 2 knots in each loop for 2 loops, net 1 knot in each loop for 10 loops*; repeat from * to *. (84 loops in the round)

Round 11
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in next loop, *net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 13 loops*; repeat from * to *. (90 loops in the round)

Round 12
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.  (90 loops in the round)





Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tiny Contrast Star with Five Points


Using a variation on the Design Center, I created a star within a circle of netting. This is done by increasing along the outline of the star. This tiny 5-pointed star uses about 4 yards of tatting thread to tie 510 knots. Its final size is about 2.25” in diameter.




























Here are the instructions. 


Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Design Center

Round 1
                mesh stick: #3 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 25 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (25 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-5
                mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (25 loops in each round)
Round 6
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; repeat, end with net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops. (30 loops in the round)

Round 7
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in next loop, net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops; repeat, end with net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops. (40 loops in the round)

Round 8
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops, net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops; repeat, end with net 1 knot in the last loop. (50 loops in the round)

Round 9
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 7 loops, net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in the following loop; repeat, end with net 2 knots in the last loop. (60 loops in the round)

Round 10
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 more knot in loop formed by CK, net 2 knots in the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 10 loops, *net 2 knots in each loop for 2 loops, net 1 knot in each loop for 10 loops*; repeat from * to *. (70 loops in the round)


Round 11
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in next loop, *net 2 knots in next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 13 loops*; repeat from * to * ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 11 loops. (75 loops in the round)

Round 12
                mesh stick:  #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (75 loops in the round)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tiny Magic


This small doily was one of my favorites and I was delighted to be able to make the pattern tiny enough to fit into the acrylic holder. When I first saw it all stretched and starched, it reminded me of the magic that would spray out of Cinderella's fairy godmother's wand in various videos. So I decided to call it magic.




























Here are the instructions:


about 5 yards tatting thread
315 knots
2.75" diameter


Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Well Center
Round 1
                mesh stick: 1/4"
Form a grommet with 15 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (15 loops in the round)
 
Round 2
                mesh stick: 1/4"
Net 1 more knot in loop formed by CK.  Net 2 knots all other loops.  Last loop tied by hand with a CK. (30 loops in the round)
 
Rounds 3-5
                mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (30 loops in each round)


Skirt Increase Stitch
Round 6
                mesh stick: 1/4"
Net 3 more knots in the loop formed by the CK, skip a loop, *net 4 knots in the next loop, skip the next loop*; repeat from * to *. (60 loops in the round)
 
Rounds 7-8
                mesh stick: #0 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (60 loops in each round) 

















Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tiny Well


This circular piece of netting is similar to the one from last week. The biggest difference is in the second round. The second round has two knots in each of the first round's loops and the mesh is the same size as in round one. To make this piece of netting fit into the acrylic frame, there is one less round of the smaller mesh. In addition, the smaller mesh in this circle is smaller than the smaller mesh in last week's pattern.



 




























Here are the instructions.



Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Well Center


Round 1
                mesh stick: 1/4"
Form a grommet with 15 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (15 loops in the round)


Round 2
                mesh stick: 1/4"
Net 1 knot in loop formed by CK, net 2 knots in all other loops. (30 loops in the round)

Rounds 3-7
                mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (30 loops in each round)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Tiny Plain Ornament and Doily


This is one of the simplest net ornaments. The pattern was originally the center of several doilies. I thought it would look nice by itself. By adjusting the mesh sticks, the final diameter of this tiny doily is 2.75 inches. It fits nicely into the circular acrylic blank.
















The instructions for this tiny doily are simple:

Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Regular Center

Round 1

                mesh stick: 3/8” flat
Form a grommet with 24 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (24 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-7

                mesh stick: #4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Tiny Candle


I don't know if it was the yellow color, the shape of the increase stitches, or both that made me think of candles when I finished making this tiny doily. Using the small mesh sticks, it is about 2.75 inches.


































Here are the instructions:


Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Regular Center

Round 1
                mesh stick: 1/4” flat
Form a grommet with 25 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (25 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-4
                mesh stick: #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (25 loops in each round)


Skirt Increase Stitch

Round 5
                mesh stick: 1/4” flat
Net 1 more knot in the loop formed by the CK, net 2 knots in all other loops. (50 loops in the round)

Rounds 6-8
                mesh stick: #1 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (50 loops in each round)



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Tiny Web


This ornament was originally a center for several doilies. I liked the way it looked and, after playing with the mesh stick sizes, found one that will give me a 2.75 inch piece of circular netting.

































Here are the instructions. Remember to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Web Center


Round 1
                mesh stick: 1/4 inch flat
Form a grommet with 10 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (10 loops in the round)

Round 2
                mesh stick: 1/4 inch flat
Net 1 knot in each loop. (10 loops in the round)
Round 3
                mesh stick:  1/4 inch flat
Net 4 knots in loop formed by CK, net 5 knots in all other loops.  (50 loops in the round)

Rounds 4-6
                mesh stick: #2 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Tiny Flower


When I first made this tiny doily, I thought it looked like a flower. Of course, several of the later doilies reminded me of a flower also, so then I had to become a bit more creative with their names. For a change, I decided to show it on both white and black.






Here is how it looks in the acrylic frame with a black background.



The French Knot stitch was one that took me some time to adjust to, since it uses two mesh sticks. They are stacked one on top of the other. The smaller loops are made around the top mesh stick and the larger mesh is made over both mesh sticks.

Here are the instructions.

Tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.

Tier Center

Round 1
                mesh stick: #4 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 24 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (24 loops in the round)

Round 2
                mesh stick: #4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)

French Knots Decorative Stitch

Round 3
                mesh sticks:  top: #0 knitting needle, bottom: #1 knitting needle
Over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in the loop formed by the CK. *Over both mesh sticks, net 1 knot in the next loop, over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in that same loop*; repeat from * to *. (72 loops in the round)

Plain Stitch

Round 4
                mesh stick: #4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)

French Knots Decorative Stitch

Round 5
                mesh sticks:  top: #0 knitting needle, bottom: #1 knitting needle
Over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in the loop formed by the CK. * Over both mesh sticks, net 1 knot in the next loop, over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in that same loop*; repeat from * to *. (72 loops in the round)

Plain Stitch

Round 6
                mesh stick: #2 knitting needle

Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round) 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Tiny Sparkles


This tiny doily is only 2.25 inches. It easily fits inside the acrylic frame. I named it Sparkles because the small French Knots seemed to shimmer and sparkle.


































Here are the instructions. Don't forget to tie a connecting knot (CK) at the end of each round to form the last loop of that round.


Lily Center

Round 1
mesh stick: #4 knitting needle
Form a grommet with 24 loops, the last one tied by hand with a connecting knot (CK). (24 loops in the round)

Rounds 2-3
mesh stick: #4 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (24 loops in each round)

Tops Decrease Stitch

Round 4
mesh stick:  #4 knitting needle
Without mesh stick, net together the loop formed by the CK and the loop to the right of the CK.  Now with the mesh stick, * net 2 loops together*; repeat from * to *. (12 loops in the round)

French Knots Decorative Stitch

Round 5
mesh sticks:  top: #0 knitting needle, bottom: #1 knitting needle
Over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in the loop formed by the CK. *Over both mesh sticks, net 1 knot in the next loop, over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in that same loop*; repeat from * to *. (36 loops in the round)

Plain Stitch

Round 6
mesh stick: #7 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop. (48 loops in each round)

French Knots Decorative Stitch

Round 7
mesh sticks:  top: #0 knitting needle, bottom: #1 knitting needle
Over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in the loop formed by the CK. * Over both mesh sticks, net 1 knot in the next loop, over the #0 knitting needle, net 2 more knots in that same loop*; repeat from * to *. (36 loops in the round)