netmaking

Beginner’s guide to netmaking, Part 3

In Part 2 of this series you learned how to put a starter row of loops onto a metal ring. Now we are going to put our first row of ‘proper’ loops or ‘meshes’ onto that first row.

To begin, turn your work so that the twine that leads from the netting needle to the ring is on the left hand side.

Then take the twine under your mesh gauge (our clear ruler again 🙂 ) and up through the bottom of the first loop, then over the top of the ruler, holding the twine taut.

I have used contrasting colours of cordage to make everything as clear as possible.

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Where the twine comes out of the loop, put your thumb on top so as to anchor the twine while you tie the netting knot.

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Next, throw a length of your twine overthe back of your left hand. (This will help the knot to draw tight more easily.)

Now take the netting needlea round behind the loop and then bring it up through the space between the left leg of the loop and the twine on the far left side. Study the photo carefully so you know where to go.

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Finally, still keeping your thumb on top of the loop, draw the twine tight. This forms the netting knot, also known as a sheet bend, or single sheet bend. The photo below shows how it should look, with the loop (pink) being firmly gripped by the blue twine. In reality, all this would be the same colour, but here I used a different colour to help explain better.

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Here below is what can happen if you don’t tighten the knot properly.  It can tie loose underneath the loop instead of around it. This is no good and will just slide around the loop, resulting in a mess rather than a mesh.

If it’s any help, this happened to me plenty of times when I started making my first nets.

However, there is a solution. It’s called the double sheet bend (which, strictly speaking is a modified double sheet bend).

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And here’s how to tie that double sheet bend. First bring your twine up in the left space as before…

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Then take it back behind the loop but this time bring it up through the middle of the loop itself …

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…before pulling everything tight.

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This results in a much more reliable knot.

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The view from the back shows how well the loop is being gripped.

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When you’ve done one netting knot, your twine will naturally be in a position to tie the next knot on the next loop. I used a single loop here so as not to confuse you will loads of loops. To continue, just follow the steps above and you’ll be making nets in no time 🙂

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