How to Knit a Fishing Net

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A fishing net can be hand-woven or knitted. Basic knowledge of knitting is required to make the net. Natural fibers such as hemp or cotton work best for this project since wool turns to felt in water and acrylics do not hold up well for this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Hemp yarn
  • Size 7 knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle

Knitting the Net

  • Cast on 65 stitches on knitting needles.

  • Knit the first row by knitting two stitches, lay yarn over the right needle, knit two stitches together, knit one stitch, lay yarn over the right needle, knit one stitch and repeat this process from the first yarn-over to the end until there are seven stitches left. For these stitches, lay yarn over the right needle, knit two stitches together, knit one stitch, knit two stitches together, lay yarn over the right needle and knit the last two stitches.

  • Knit the second row by knitting three stitches, lay yarn over the right needle, slip one stitch from left to right without knitting it, knit two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the two stitches you just knitted together back onto left needle, lay yarn over the right needle, knit three stitches and repeat this process from the first yarn-over to the end.

  • Knit row three by knitting two stitches, knit two stitches together, lay yarn over right needle, knit one stitch, lay yarn over right needle, knit two stitches together, knit one stitch, knit two stitches together and repeat this process from the first yarn over until you have five stitches left. Lay yarn over the right needle, knit one stitch, lay yarn over the right needle, knit two stitches together and knit the last two stitches.

  • Knit the fourth row by knitting one stitch, knit two stitches together, lay yarn over the right needle, knit three stitches, lay yarn over the right needle, slip one stitch from left to right needle. knit two stitches together, pass slipped stitch over the two you just knitted together to the left needle. Repeat this process from the first yarn-over until you have six stitches remaining. Lay yarn over the right needle, knit three stitches, lay yarn over the right needle, knit two stitches together and knit one stitch.

  • Repeat these four rows, in steps 2 through 5 until you have the desired length of your net. Bind off to finish and weave in the ends with a tapestry needle.

Tips & Warnings

  • The yarn-over stitches are important to creating the holes in the net. If you don't see any spaces, start over.

References

  • "Bag Style: 20 Inspirational Handbags;" Pam Allen & Ann Budd; 2007
  • Knots Indeed
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