Masterclass: Diamond netting

Let’s master diamond netting together!

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Diamond netting or using different sized eyes in some form or another has been used from the 14th century onwards in silk nets. In the Renaissance it was very popular in large format and mostly in black silk, as seen in the potrait of Anna d’Alençon.

I’ve made bigger and smaller diamonds for hairnets, mostly worked flat. A very elegant and simple version is a black diamond hairnet made to wear with false hair, but it works also without. A golden hairnet, made from silk dyed with onion skins, has a more complicated pattern. The same pattern is used on the video.

Diamond netting is quite simple and can be combined with stripes too. You just need to learn couple of new tricks and practice, practice, practice.

The video is divided into two parts because of technicalities. The first part shows my favourite techniques and tips, especially:

  • Regular loop (02:50)
  • Double loop (03:27)
  • Long loop (07:10)
  • Flipped double loop (08:21)

And in the second part you can see the third row and me work with a tiny gauge on the Tartu net.

The pattern used in the video

Flat Swiss diamond piece without increases:

Begin with a number of loops divisible by 5 + 4. The blue example has 24 loops and was begun on extra thread with lark’s head knots.

Start the diamond netting:

  1. Row: 4 rl, *dl, 4 rl*, repeat *-*. Turn the work.
  2. Row: dl, 3 rl, *ll, fdl, 3 rl*, repeat *-*. Turn the work.
  3. Row: dl, 2 rl, *ll, rl, fdl, 2 rl*, repeat *-*, ll. Turn the work.
  4. Row: rl, fdl, rl, *ll, 2 rl, fdl, rl*, repeat *-*, ll. Turn the work.
  5. Row: rl, fdl, *ll, 3 rl, fdl*, repeat *-*, ll, rl. Turn the work.
  6. Row: 2 rl, *dl, 4 rl*, repeat *-*, 2 rl. Turn the work
  7. Row: rl, *ll, fdl, 3 rl*, repeat *-*, ll, fdl, rl. Turn the work.
  8. Row: rl, *ll, rl, fdl, 2 rl*, repeat *-*, ll, rl, fdl. Turn the work.
  9. Row: *ll, 2 rl, fdl, rl*, repeat *-*, ll, 2 rl, fdl. Turn the work.
  10. Row: *ll, 3 rl, fdl*, repeat *-*, ll, 3 rl. Turn the work.

Repeat rounds 1.-10.

Please forgive all beginner’s mistakes in filming and editing. This is a learning experience for me, too. I truly hope they won’t stop you from learning and developing your skills.

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