Saturday, August 4, 2018

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

Once I knew I could design a square frame using square-mesh netting, I decided to net a frame in a rectangular piece of netting. This frame has a width of 17 squares and an length of 25 squares along the outer edge. There are 7 squares in the width of the inner rectangle and 15 squares in the length of the inner rectangle.

Instructions:

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 Rectangle
 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 except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. (4 loops in the row) Rows 4-11 Continue repeating row 3. (12 loops in final row)

Forming the top of the rectangle
 Row 12 (first partial row) Divide the number of loops in half and net 1 knot in each loop for half of the loops.  (6 loops in the row) Row 13 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last loop, net 2 knots in the last loop. The increase is on the outer edge. (7 loops in the row) Row 14 Net 1 knot in each loop, except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. The decrease is on the inner edge. (6 loops in the row) Rows 15-17 Repeat rows 13 and 14. The last row will be an increase row.

Turn Corner and Start Side
 Row 18 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.  (7 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. (6 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. (7 loops in the row) Rows 21-32 Repeat rows 19-20. The last row will be an increase row.

Cut the thread on the inner edge.

Start the Second Half of the Rectangle
Tie the thread from the needle to 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 12 (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. (6 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. (7 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. (6 loops in the row) Rows 15-25 Repeat rows 13 and 14. The last row will be an increase row.

Turn Corner and Start Bottom Side
 Row 26 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.  (7 loops in the row) Row 27 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. (6 loops in the row) Row 28 Net 1 knot in each loop except the last loop, net 2 loops in the last loop. The increase is now on the inner edge. (7 loops in the row) Rows 29-32 Repeat rows 27 and 28. The last row will be an increase row.

Cut the thread on the inner edge.

Join Partial Rows and Decrease
 Row 33 Net together the first and second loops, net 1 knot in each loop until the two closed loops, net the two closed loops together (joining both partial rows), net 1 knot in each loop except the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together.  (11 loops in the row) Row 34 Net 1 knot in each loop except for the last 2 loops, net the last 2 loops together. (10 loops in the row) Rows 39-43 Repeat Row 34 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.