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 πŸ™‚ ) 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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Beginner’s guide to netmaking, Part 2

Welcome back, novice netmakers. It’s time to get loopy πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ )

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.

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Beginner’s guide to netmaking, Part 1

Why would you want to make a net anyway? Well, there are loads of reasons. You might want to tie down a load on the back of a small trailer. You could make a net grocery bag. You could rig up a sling for all those pesky teddy bears and other soft toys so that you can put them all in their own communal hammock suspended from a couple of ceiling hooks. Or, like one of our readers, you might want to make a particular kind of net so you can catch rabbits. Not sure whether I totally approve of that or not. Each to his own, I guess. Although I can’t promise any recipes for bunny stew on these pages. Sorry 😦

The simple (hopefully, easy to follow) tutorials on this blog will show the basic steps of netmaking. You might want to use thinner cordage, more or fewer meshes etc, Adapt my instructions to your own requirements.

To begin, you will need some netting needles. These are available in lots of places (a quick online search should do the trick) and various sizes. If you’re not sure what size you’ll need, buy an assortment and experiment with them. Here are mine:
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Then you will need whatever cordage might be best for your needs. Nets can be made from knitting yarn, embroidery thread, jute twine and probably even from wire. Take your pick.

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Welcome to the world of net noir

My efforts in netmaking have been fraught with difficulties recently. Loose knots, slipping threads, and snagged loops mostly. So frustrating that I might have felt like tearing my hair out, but for the fact that, even at times like this, net making can be so absorbing (some might call it addictive) that I’d probably only have wanted to make more netting out of it. Imagine that: a real hair net.

Altogether: Eugh!

After a few tests to find what I was doing wrong (answer: not much, but enough πŸ™‚ ) today went much better. I used some fine crochet cotton that Shana bought a few weeks ago, and I managed a good length of netting. I started in red, did a few rows of increases up to about Β thirteen or fourteen meshes, switched to pink, then changed back to red for the final rows of decreases. Shana is now using it as a decorative drape over a mirror.

Halfway through making the net, I noticed some rather pretty patterns on the table below my work. I called to Shana to bring the camera over. It seems that even though I was making a red and pink net, I was also making a shadow net. A little piece of netting magic of which I had, until that moment, been unaware. Shana’s pictures are quite atmospheric, even slightly spooky. ‘A bit like film noir,’ I suggested. But then we decided it was even better: net noir!

Skelly hammock

In recent weeks I’ve enjoyed learning a little about how to make nets. However, I’m at a loss as to what to do with them sometimes. After all, there are only so many net shopping bags you can use at any one time, and because of our non-aquatic lifestyle here at landlocked Waffle Towers we have little use for dip nets, trawl nets, lobster nets or any nets of those ilks.

So that left only one option…

Make a net hammock for dear old Ezra.

You know, the Ezra!

So I rustled up a biggish square net from some old brown twine, and then bashed a couple of hooks into the ceiling of our North Wing. Ezra looks dead chuffed, doesn’t he? Clearly, he has not yet spotted Emu on the chair below. How does that old song go?

‘There may be trouble ahead…’

A bag hath appeared!

Well, I finally did it. Today I finished making my first net bag. I chose the basic design, whereby you thread some cordage through most of the side meshes and tie off to gather up the sides. Then you have to do more or less the same to the meshes on the short ends in order to create some sort of rudimentary handle.

To tie the sides I used some of the gold Aran yarn that had caused me problems at the weekend. It’s like a kind of netmaker’s revenge: troublesome yarn, you shall be useful!

As the pictures below prove, the bag is big enough and tough enough to hold a loaf of bread, some fresh air, or even a chocolate mousse.

Er, did I say ‘mousse’?

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Excuse my error πŸ™‚