## Saturday, August 25, 2018

### A Rectangular Square-Mesh Frame an Odd Number of Squares in the Width and with an Even Number of Squares in the Length

Over the past few weeks I have tried various combinations of odd and even numbers of squares to create a net frame. This week there is only one variation left to try (odd width and even length), so I decided to make a net frame with the following numbers:
• the outer width 11 squares and the inner width 5 squares
• the outer length 16 squares and the inner length 10 squares
• the border 3 squares

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:
a.      Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle.  Leave a long tail, at least 6 to 8 inches.
b.      Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
c.      Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
d.       Tighten the slipknot.
3.       Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
4.       Choose a mesh stick.

Increase Portion of the Square
 Row 1 Net 2 more knots into the foundation loop.  (2 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 in the first loop; increase by netting two knots in the 2nd loop. (3 loops in the row) Row 3 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net 2 knots in the last loop. (4 loops in the row) Rows 4-7 Continue repeating row 3. (8 loops in final row)

Forming the top of the square
 Row 8 (first partial row) Divide the number of loops in half and net 1 knot in each loop for half of the loops.  (4 loops in the row) Row 9 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 10 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 11 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row)

Turn Corner and Start Side
 Row 12 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together, net 1 more knot in those two loops. (5 loops in the row) Row 13 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 14 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 15 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 16 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 17 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 18 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 19 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 20 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 21 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together, net 1 more knot in these 2 loops. (5 loops in the row) Cut the thread on the outer edge.

Start the Second Half of the Square
Tie the thread from the needle onto the bottom of the first loop of the last complete increase row.
1.       Tie the end of the thread from the shuttle to the appropriate loop.
2.       Without using a mesh stick, tie a netting knot into the same loop.
3.       Untie the original knot that joined the shuttle to the loop, leaving just the netting knot.

 Row 8 (second part of the first partial row) Net 1 more knot in the loop in which the needle is tied, net 1 knot in each loop for the remaining loops on this partial row. (4 loops in the row) Row 9 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 10 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 11 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 12 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 13 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 14 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 15 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 16 Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the inner edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 17 Without a mesh stick, net 1 knot in the first loop, now using the mesh stick, net 1 more knot in that first loop, net 1 knot in each of the remaining loops. (5 loops in the row)

Turn Corner and Start Bottom Side
 Row 18 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 loops in the last loop. (5 loops in the row) Row 19 Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row) Row 20 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, increase by netting 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (5 loops in the row) Row 21 Net 1 knot in each loop, except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is now on the outer edge. (4 loops in the row)

Join Partial Rows and Decrease
 Row 22 Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, net the next two loops together, (joining both partial rows), net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together (7 loops in the row) Row 23 Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. Repeat Row 23 until there are two loops left.

Tie the Last Corner

Finish the final row by netting these two loops together, but without a mesh stick.
Cut the thread near the knot just tied.

Tie the First Corner

Remove the foundation loop from row one of the net.
Tie the tail onto a tapestry needle, which is used in place of the netting needle.
Net the first two loops together without using a mesh stick.
Cut the thread near the knot just tied.