Welcome back, novice netmakers. It’s time to get loopy 🙂
Long story short: there’s more than one way to start making a net, but one method is to put some loops onto a metal ring. (You can use a straight bar, but for these tutorials, I shall be using a metal ring. Mine was a hose clamp, which I then attached, with a piece of old bootlace, to a fixture on our living room wall. Welcome to the glamorous world of nets 🙂 )
First I attached the twine from my netting needle to the metal ring. I used a round turn and a couple of half hitches, but other knots are available if you prefer.
Then, using a transparent ruler as my mesh gauge (and so you can see what’s happening) I took the twine over the top of the ruler, then round behind it, before coming up through the metal ring, as shown in the photo below.
I then brought the twine out and round the back of the ruler and under itself.
The photo below shows exactly what I mean by taking the twine ‘under itself’. I removed the mesh gauge/ruler so you can see precisely what you are aiming to get at this stage. Nice shade of pink, by the way, isn’t it?
Next, keeping the twine taut, while steadying the ring, the ruler and the twine with one hand (you just find your own way to keep hold of it all) I brought the twine upwards (don’t make the mistake of coming round the front of the mesh gauge instead) before plunging down through the metal ring.
Then coming up round the outside of the ring…
Before passing the net needle back under the twine once more.
And then pulling it tight. This forms a lark’s head knot, also known as a cow hitch. It’s a favourite knot of macrame enthusiasts. If you know knots you can, instead of going down through the ring as I did, go up through the ring, which would give you a clove hitch . Take your pick. Or follow Shana’s beautifully clear photographs instead.
You now have your first loop. Notice that the twine is again above the mesh gauge, ready to go back round the ruler and up through the ring to start forming more loops. Put on as many llops as you need for whatever you want to use your net for.
As for mesh gauges, the wider the gauge is, the bigger your meshes will be. And of course, if your mesh gauge is much narrower than your netting needle, you’ll never manage to get your cordage through the loops. If you’re not sure what size gauge or needle to use, just experiment and you’ll soon find out.
Our next tutorial will look in detail at the netting knot. It won’t be long now before you are ready to add more rows to your net 🙂