Ladies' Hair-Net (in Netting), 1875

Lady's Hair-Net (in Netting), 1864

"The hair-net is a very pretty article of dress, and useful also where the hair is redundant, though the fashion lately has gone rather in favour of curls. It is one of those classical fashions, revived, with advantage, in the present day, when the stiff modes are entirely out of favour. The materials are as simple as possible, being nothing more than of good netting silk. Brown is the prettiest colour for general wear; but if a more dressy style be desired, the colour should be selected to suit the costume with which it is to be worn.

To commence - cast on 27 loops on a small piece of its own silk, using a mesh half an inch wide; close it by netting two rounds with a mesh a quarter of an inch wide; then net a row with the wide mesh; then, still with the wide mesh, net round, taking 2 loops in 1, reducing the number to 14. Although you have begun with 27 loops, you will have made another loop by passing the silk to the fresh row, which brings the number even. Then net 4 loops on 1 all round, using the wide mesh. Resume with the small mesh and net 2 rows; then repeat the 3 rows with the wide mesh exactly the same as already described; then net 2 more rows with the small mesh; then the same 3 rows on the large mesh, which brings the work to the border pattern. After this, a small purse-mesh is to be taken and 1 row netted plain round. Another, missing 1 loop between; and then a third, netting the point-loop only. This forms the edge of the pointed border. These last three rows require a little attention, as it is necessary to leave between each point some little length of silk, both to divide them and to prevent the work from being drawn up.

These nets are confined round the head by means of an elastic band, passed through the rows of loops immediately above [inside] the border the pattern. It will be understood that the portions cut off the round [on the top and bottom of the engraving] are the same as those [at the sides]."

It should be noted that the net is worked in a circle from the centre outwards and not from corner to corner in a diamond mesh, or edge to edge in a square mesh. This may apply to any 1860s hair-net, whether it is made by netting, crochet, knitting or beading.

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