Net Making for Beginners

Net Making Needles

Net Making Equipment

What I really love about net making is that the initial set-up cost is relatively cheap and it is easy to get hold of. For making a net you will need the following equipment:

Other Net Making Posts

Here are some more Net Making Posts that may be of interest to you.

Netting Needle

Netting Needles come in many different sizes. So now comes the difficult bit, what size do you need? The size of the netting needle is really determined by what size mesh (hole) you want in your fishing net. The netting needle needs to be small enough to pass through the mesh of the net that you are making. So for the sake of just learning to make a fishing net, in my lessons I used a xxxxx sized needle. To be honest, netting needles are so cheap you may want to buy a range of them? Also their design is so simple, you may also want to make your own netting needles.

In the videos I use the netting needle with the blue twine attached; 20cm long x 2.3 cm wide

Net Making Needles
Netting Needles

Net Card or Net Gauge

Now this is something that you will need to source yourself, well put it this way, I have not seen them for sale. The Net Card or Net Gauge determines the size of the mesh (hole) that you want in your fishing net. A credit card would do well or you could even make some up from old bits of wood or aluminium like mine. The bottom one is 13cm x 5.5cm. On the top one you notice that there is a curved edge. Some people like this as it allows the net to be slipped off easier. Personally, I found no benefit from this.

Net Gauge or Net Card
Net Gauge or Net Card

Net Making Twine

There are a wide range of colours and materials out there that you can use for net making. When I first started out I used some natural twine, as it was less prone to slipping. I have made nets from very thin twine to tarred line to Paracord. Yes, it you can also net with Paracord, but I would say that you would need to make your net with the Single Knot Method. The problem with paracord or any material that thick, is that the actual knots become more pronounced.

Net Making Book
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Netting Needles - Sometimes when you purchase these, they do need a little rub down with sand paper. Sometimes there is some rough casting residue to remove.
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Netting Twine
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Seamless Rings for Net Making

If you want to make a round net or a purse net, then you may want to purchase some seamless stainless steel rings. However, this is not essential as you can make your own rings by using some thing cordage to create your own rings. However, if you are making a purse net, then a SS ring would be better. The reason being is that these rings are part of the tripping mechanism for trapping a rabbit.

Net Making Knots

In the videos I use two similar knots. I know them as the single knot and the double knot method. When I first started out, when I used the single knot method (Sheet Bend) I noticed that on occasion, rather than tying a sheet bend I tied a slip knot. The video below will highlight this problem, so that you quickly understand what is going wrong! As I started to learn net making, I noticed that when I used the double knot method, I was less prone to making a mistake. Now when I make a net, I still use both methods, just depending on how I feel.

Single Knot Method for Net Making
Single Knot Method
Double Knot Method for Net Making
Double Knot Method

Adding More Line When Making a Net

I am often asked what knots I use when changing the colour of my nets or adding more line. I usually tell people to use their favourite knot that works. However, when I add more line when making a fishing net, I use the Weaver’s Knot or the Surgeon’s Knot. I find that with most to the yarn that I use, the Weaver’s Knot will suffice. Once you have tied the Weavers Knot and dress it smartly and tightly, pull, push and wriggle the line to see if the knot falls apart. If the knot does have a tendency to come apart, I will then tie it with the Surgeons Knot.

How to Tie the Weaver’s Knot Video

This is a quick short and to the point video on how to tie the Weaver’s Knot. For those of you that recognise your knots, you will see that this is actually a Sheet Bend, but tied differently. The reason for tying it as Weaver’s do, is that it is a little easier when using floppy yarn.

How to Tie the Weaver’s Knot Video

How to Tie the Surgeon’s Knot

In this short video you will learn how to tie the sturgeon’s knot. Another good knot for joining line for net making

Surgeon’s Knot Video

Net Knots Videos

How to Make a Purse Net

In this short video you will learn how to make a Purse Net. In essence a Purse Net is a net that is shaped like a hammock. So not only for hunting, but a Purse Net also makes a great way for keeping stuffed toys etc stowed away in their own hammock!

Purse Net Hammock

Here is an example of a purse net used as a toy hammock (for my dog).

Purse Net as a Toy Hammock
Purse Nets also Make Good Toy Hammocks

How to Make a Fishing Net

If you just want a nice rectangular fishing net, then this is probably the easiest of all the types of net that you can make.

How to Make a Round Net

I would say that this is the most difficult of all the net making processes, well it was for me. The reason being is that your are following more of a set pattern in order to increase the size of your round net.

Round Net Making Pattern
Round Net Making Pattern

Make Your Own Netting Needle

One thing that I do like about net making, is that everything about it is cheap and easy to get hold of. Netting Needles are really cheap for a full set, but to make your own netting needle is even better! It only takes a little bit of time, effort and a couple of simple tools to carve out a netting needle.

Make Your Own Netting Needle
Make Your Own Netting Needle

For the above netting needle, I just went into my local wood with my trusty hound, Bear. I then selected a piece of Hazel that was close to the width that I needed for my netting needle. Cut off a length, then returned back to net making HQ, to finish the job. Using my trusty Opinel, I was able to carve out the rough shape that I needed. Next step will be to sand all rough edges, add some wax polish, then get back to making a net.

Knotting Knives for Sale:

I have to say that the Myerchin is an absolutely superb knife.
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This knives are so sharp and easy to keep sharp. The other thing that I like, is the it has a very fine and sharp edge at the tip. This makes it great for cutting cordage close to other cords.
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I just wish I could have one.
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Marlin Spike Carbo Nitride Titanium Bonded Folding Knife-Black, 2.5-Inch
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Hacking Knife
A very cheap hard working knife that can easily be converted into a superb rigging knife. See Post
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How are Fishing Nets Made

Fishing nets are mostly made by machine. However, if you are interested in making your own fishing net, then you will find the above videos of great use.

How to Use a Netting Needle?

Not only will you learn how to make a net, you will also learn the basics of how to load and use a netting needle.


Net Making for Beginners — 22 Comments

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Does this mean that you are going to take up a spot of net making?

  1. Very good, Thank you very much for the videos…

    I have a question for you..

    I want to make a rectangular net, with 4×4 meshes to catch raptors, how many knots (Loop ) should I make to give it the height of 3 feet( 36 Inch ) which is what I want?.


    Javier C.

  2. Absolutely brilliant tutorials, really helped me a lot. I’m not sure what I currently prefer, making nets or netting needles😁

    • You have just reminded me, that I really ought to have a go at making my own netting needles. I would like to think that over time and making a few nets, they will end up with a lovely polished patina. Thanks for taking the time to view and also make a comment, very much appreciated.

  3. Hi

    Great demo.

    I am having trouble when casting on. The clove hitch tends to loosen when I am working around the metal ring. This is also aggravated because earlier loops start to rotate around the ring as I pull a new loop tight on the ring.
    I have tried putting an extra lock-off on each clove hitch (as was done on the last lock-off of the first row) – but this comes loose because the whole knot is not in tension.
    Is there another knot that can be used instead that can be used.

    John Beamish

    • Hello John, I think it may be the type of twine that your are using. Even with the stuff that I used, I do sometimes get a bit of slippage on the knot when casting on. I personally dress it as best I can as I go along. Once I get to doing the next row, the tension seems to sort them out to the right length. I am not sure if there is another knot that can be used (well, that I know of). Part of the problem may be that the rings are so smooth, I wonder if spraying them with a bit of hair spray before hand, would make them more tacky for a short period?

      Thanks for taking the time to make a comment, very much appreciated.

      Kind regards, John

  4. How to calculate the twine length needed if netting a 2000 mm x 1000 mm net with 60 mm x 60 mm loops? I intend to use elastic cords to have a large net pocket under the hard top of a boat.

    • You will always look at it and be proud that you repaired your net!! Thanks for taking the time to view and also make a comment, very much appreciated.

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  6. Fine tutorial. Making the round net in order to harvest my catfish. Generous of you to take the time to create the tutorial.

      • In the circular net tutorial you double-lock each loop. That is not done in the fishing net tutorial. Do you recommend a double-lock for that net as well?

        Once again, thanks for a fine, clear tutorial.

        • When I first started out, my lack of skills caused me to accidentally create slip knots in my net. This is the only reason that I sometimes did the double knot method. You can use the single method of you prefer. Thanks for taking the time to view and also make a comment, very much appreciated.

          • I’m still working on my seine net in order to harvest catfish from my pond. It will measure approximately 4′ deep and 20′ wide. The dowel method you use in the tutorial to gather all the first-row loops proved cumbersome. So I took another approach.

            Strip of wood 3/4″ x 1″ x 30″. I placed screws at 1″ intervals, leaving the heads to protrude by 1 1/2″. I then slip a first-row loop over each screw. Clamp the wood strip to my workbench. This way the loops are well separated. Makes my ‘stitchery’ more orderly and pleasant.

            Question : I am using #24 3-strand seine line. Do you have any suggestion about splicing this sort of line?

            Once again, thanks for a very good tutorial.

    • Hello Bill, just load up a new netting needle and then tie the end to your last bit of twine, then just carry on. You can of course change colours when making a net to make it even fancier. Regards, John.

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