## Saturday, February 17, 2018

### Square of Square-Mesh with Looped Edges – 6 x 6 squares - Starting from the Middle

Back in May, I discussed making a square-mesh square (9 squares by 9 squares) with looped edges when starting from the middle of the square. Recently I wondered if I could make a square-mesh square with an even number of squares on each side and with looped edges when starting from the middle of the square. It turned out it was trickier than I expected. Several attempts later I had this.

I finally resorted to two colors so I could see what I was doing. The blue is the first section I made, the red finished the square. To make the proper number of loops around the edges, I needed to make one loop extra large at the end of row 2. The finished square would have all the ends removed, including the big loop.

Square with Looped Edges - 6 by 6 squares.

Start the Square

Row 1:  Using the smaller mesh stick, net 7 more knots into the foundation loop.
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:  Using the larger mesh stick, wrap the thread around the mesh stick at least 3 times, net 1 knot in the loop just completed, net 1 knot in each remaining loop.

Row 3:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop (it will be extra-large); skip the last loop, turn the netting.

Row 4:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; skip the last loop, turn the netting.

Continue by repeating row four. Each row will have one less loop than the previous row.

When there is only 1 loop on a row, cut the thread, remove the netting from the foundation loop, and remove the knots from the top of the loops in row one. Run the foundation-loop cord through one of the other rows of netting. Tie the thread from the netting needle to the loose thread at the end of row one.

Finish the Square

Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop (it will be the extra-large loop from row 2); skip the last loop, turn the netting.
Decrease Row:  Using the larger mesh stick, net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop; skip the last loop, turn the netting.

Continue repeating the Decrease Row; each row will have one loop less than the previous row.
When there is only 1 loop on a row, cut the thread.

Final Knot

Take the extra-large loop created in row 2, tie an overhand knot and tighten the overhand knot firmly against the knot at the base of the loop. Cut the loop close to the knot.