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Doilies and Dreams: Netting and Networking

I had other ideas for this blog until I sat down at the computer and read two blog posts this morning, and I have been thinking about them both all day.  So, while I have been busy making another video for the upcoming class, I’m not going to talk about the class.  You will just have to visit the syllabus for the class and see for yourself what I’ve done.

Now for those posts that have stuck with me all day.

I read two blog posts this morning, and I have been thinking about them both all day.

The first was Round Knotted Netting.   The net doilies shown there are simply gorgeous.  There are also a couple of links that show more net doilies.  Be sure to look at those doilies also.

As I looked at these doilies, my fingers started itching to start another project.    Only time will tell who wins – me or my fingers.  Seeing these lovely doilies makes me want to start right now on my next class, Netting Around, which will deal with circular netting (including doilies), instead of finishing Netting, More or Less, the current class I’m working on.

The second post talks about social networking, but with a twist.   It points out that :

“The truth is that all the social networking and Internet ‘world shrinking’ is making us more distant. It’s virtual connection. There are only two ways to make it real – real world interactions, interactions that are so strong (because of shared passion or shared purpose) that they are nearly as good as real world interactions.”

It mentions there are three ways that a social based network could help make the network less virtual and more real.

  1. “Help people make real friends. A shared passion is perhaps one of the best ways to build great friendships.”
  2. “Strengthen the art/pursuit itself. You help people get more of what they want . . .”
  3. “Provide recurring real human connection. Not the meaningless type of ‘who has the longest friends list’ type of connection – the real human connection where both of you are in love with  . . .”

While this post began by talking about Ravelry and then about books and reading, I immediately thought about Rita’s Netting Nook.  This is the kind of experience I want us to have.  In order for us to achieve that, I need your help.  What do you want (as far as netting goes)?  More netting patterns, more basic instructions, more advanced stitches, less of me asking you questions?  Help me out.


Net trellises for my garden

Back in 2007 our family tried a new approach to gardening – a couple of Square-Foot-Garden boxes.  At that time I made some 4 foot by 6 foot net trellises to match the larger frame shape and some 4 foot by 4 foot ones for the smaller frame shape.

This year we had more plants that wanted to climb than we had squares in which to put them.   We decided to try the frames without the Square-Foot boxes.  A couple of weeks ago we bought the supplies, set up the frames (5 feet by 5 feet), and planted the seeds.  My goal was to get the six net trellises made before the plants needed them.

It turned out to be an opportunity for me to practice making squares of square-mesh netting in preparation for my upcoming class, “Netting, More or Less,” where I will be teaching about square-mesh netting.  It took me three trellises to get the written instructions to match what I was actually doing.

Square Mesh net trellis: 6 inch meshes

That left me with three more to finish, and I was beginning to get bored with repeating the same pattern over and over.  I started thinking, “What would happen if . . . I made the squares three inches rather than six inches?  Would it take more time or less time, more material or less material, and by how much?”

I figured out the pattern, based on the three I had already done and started to work.  It took more than double the amount of cord to finish this one and more than double the amount of time to make it.  When I finally completed it, I liked the finished trellis, but it took too much time and cord for me to want to make another one.

Square Mesh net trellis: 3 inch meshes

This time, as I began the phrase, “I wonder what would happen . . .”, I added the words,  “. . . if I used diamond-mesh netting instead of square-mesh netting?”

I decided to use the six-inch-size mesh and with the aid of my husband’s strong mathematical skills, I designed a new pattern.  When the trellis was finished, I liked it.  It was quicker to tie and used less cord than either of the other trellises.  I’ll have to wait and see if the plants like it as well.

Diamond Mesh net trellis: 6 inch meshes


With only one trellis left, can you guess what I wondered?  Yes, I wondered, “What would happen if I use the three-inch mesh stick and diamond-mesh netting”.  It took me more time to make than either of the six-inch-mesh trellises and used more cord than they did; however, I think it took less time and less material to make than the three-inch-mesh square mesh netting.

Diamond Mesh net trellis: 3 inch meshes


Six new net trellises in the garden



Now that the netting is finished I just have to avoid killing the plants in the garden and watch them climb up the trellises.



Netting without a mesh stick

Most of the time when you net, a mesh stick is used to create uniform-sized meshes.  There are a few times, though, when the mesh stick needs to be discarded, eliminated, not used.  This technique is one of the skills taught in “Netting, More or Less,” the class I’m currently preparing.

In the video below, I discuss those times when I don’t use a mesh stick.  Are there other situations when a mesh stick is not used?

Netting Knots: The Same or Not?

The last few weeks I’ve introduced a variety of netting stitches, all dealing with increases and decreases.  Today I’d like to take a closer look at the netting knot itself.  The netting knot has more names than any netting stitch and more than one way to be tied.

A few weeks ago I was asked if the structure of the netting knot remained the same, no matter what it was called or which method was used to tie it.

I figured the best way to answer that question would be by video so you could see the examples and come to your own conclusion.

So take a look and then let me know how you would answer the question.

Netting Knot Structure

Naming a netting stitch

Where do you go when you want to know the name of a netting stitch?

The last few weeks I have shown you a variety of stitches that use increases, decreases, or a combination of both.  The names used in those videos are the names by which I know the stitches.

Finding the name of a netting stitch used to be quite a problem for me.  The video below recaps my experience in finding the names of netting stitches.

Naming Stitches

How do I find the name of a netting stitch now?   If I make up the stitch, I give it a name.  If I find the stitch in an old book or online, I use the name given there.  However, sometimes there’s no name attached to the stitch.  In that case, I give it a name.

Have you ever named a netting stitch?  If so, which one?

More Netting Stitches

If the tornado‘s destructive path had been about a mile further north on Wednesday, this blog may not have been sent.  However, since it did not, you get this entry.

The last couple of weeks I have shown you some netting increase and decrease stitches.  What happens if you put an increase stitch and a decrease stitch together?  You get a new stitch which I refer to as a combination stitch, since it combines both increase and decrease stitches.

Enjoy looking at all the different stitches.


Decreases video finished for Netting, More or Less

Last week I gave you a sneak-peak at the introductory Increases video. I just finished another introductory video. It’s about Decreases.

Why decreases?  Well, since last week covered the More in the class title, it seemed only fair to look at the Less portion of the title.

Both of these videos talk about the process of  making increase or decrease stitches and then show several different stitch patterns that use either increases or decreases.

You want more than explanations?  You want me to actually show you how to move your hand and where to place your netting shuttle or needle to make the stitches?  Okay, I’ll do that – in the class.   Besides, currently those videos are still in the creation stage.  I’ll let you know when they are done.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the class to be completed, here’s a sneak-peek at the introductory Decreases video.



I’d love to know which is your favorite decrease sitich.

Let me leave you with a question.  What happens if you put an increase and a decrease together?


First Video Finished for “Netting, More or Less” class

Hurray!  The  first video for the new netting class is done!  I’ve still got over a dozen more to go, but this one is done.

“What’s the video about?” you ask.

Increasing.  It explains the “More” in the title of the class.    It gives some background, discusses increasing in netting, explains some of my terms, and shows some of the stitches created by just increasing.

I was going to be mean, give you all this hype about it, and then say you had to take the class to see it.  I was. . . and then I realized that this video would be a perfect introduction to this class, kind of a preview.

So. . . I thought I’d let you see it.

Now, which of  the increase stitches is your favorite?

Netting, More or Less: a class dealing with increases and decreases

Time seems to be flying by as usual.  My new netting class is beginning to take shape.

I did finally finish the Projects Page for my new netting class.  It took longer than I had planned, but is now up.  I also added a Supplies Page and a tentative list of the videos and handouts (otherwise known as the Syllabus) that will be included in the class.

Oh, yes, I did decide to include the snood pattern in the class.

New Netting Class Is Progressing

Progress is being made toward the second beginning netting class.  I think I’ve decided on the techniques that will be taught (increases, decreases, square mesh netting, and creating a net chain).  I’ve finally chosen the patterns that will be included (more rectangular bags, more headbands, dishcloths, and maybe a hairnet / snood).  I’ve finished making the patterns for the first time and photographed half the finished projects.  I am almost ready to start writing scripts and filming the videos.

The Quick Yarn Snood is a yarn hairnet which covers all the hair.



If I do decide to include a pattern for a hairnet or snood, it would be this one.