Saturday, April 29, 2017

Square-mesh netting in strips - with loops

One of the other square-mesh patterns included in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont was a strip of netting with loops along the bottom instead of the usual selvage.

Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.

A Strip of Square-Mesh Netting – Selvage on the Top and Loops on the Bottom – 7 Squares High

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 strip of square-mesh netting:

Row 1:  Net 8 more knots into the foundation loop.  (8 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 into each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (9 loops in the row)
Row 3:  Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, skip the last loop, turn the netting and start the next row. (8 loops in the row)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece is as long as desired. Lacis or net embroidery can be added onto the squares.

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