This is the earliest book I know of that gives patterns for netting. Natura Exenterata was published in 1655. Some say it was written by "Lady Alethea Talbot & Countesse of Arundel & Surry & the first Countesse of England." The portion of the book that was digitized was unclear as to the author. I was excited to find netting patterns this early, over 350 years ago. The type setting makes it a bit tricky to read since most of the time the lower case letter "s" looks like the letter "f." I had to keep reminding myself that the word that looked like "firft" was really "first" and that the word "ftitches" was really "stitches."
- To make Network called the Broad Arrow and the Diamond (page 407)
- To make Net-work of the Skallop-shell (page 408)
- The Knotwork like Dice (page 409)
- To make Network like seven Eyes (page 409)
- The Net-worke of the small Diamonds (page 410)
- To make the great Loosings (page 410)
- Loosings of eight stitches (page 412)
- To knit Net-work like Glass-windows (page 414)
- How to knit Net-work of the Harts (page 415)
- The Knotted work of the Flese (page 415)
- A Knot-work like Honey-combs (page 415)
- The Knot-work of Lossinges (page 416)
I'm still not sure I got them all correct. If you find something I transcribed incorrectly, please let me know, and I will fix my mistakes.
On November 3, 2012 I discussed the single netting pattern contained in the Manual of Knitting by Mrs. Mee and Miss Austin - a jupon. Tony and I commented about the use of netting as underwear and vests. I was intrigued by the concept but have not yet made the time to create such a garment.
I got an email from Tony this week. He said:
I do a lot of walking in our neighborhood and thought that this reflective vest was a good idea but way too expensive. I made this vest . . . using one 85' continuous strand of day-glo paracord. No ends showing as in the ad. Now they can see me coming.