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How do I weave or make a cast net traditionally by hand using a shuttle and sheet bend knots? Answered

What I would like to know is how to make a cast net traditionally using a shuttle and sheet bend knots, the problem is that I dont know how many initial loops to put on the metal ring in clove hitches, and where to put the spacers, any ideas?



6 years ago

Take a look at the nets and net making forum at


7 years ago

i know this is old but when i finish making mine i will attempt to make an instructable. for an 1 1/8 2 1/4 inch mesh mullet net you start with 38 and put 13 wideners on the first widener row


9 years ago

Hay Men,

Check this forum


you'll learn how to make a cast net


10 years ago

I would say that the easiest option is to completely fill the ring with loops. If you then multiply the number of loops by the stretched mesh size you are using it will give you the maximum possible circumference possible without increasing. For the net to take the form of a flat circle the maximum possible circumference must be greater than the actual circumference. Too few mesh and the net will become bag shaped, too many meshes doesn't matter as the meshes just stretch outwards more Hope this is of some use

Tyranus James

10 years ago

Thats just what i've been trying to find out for the last few days too :P!


10 years ago

If I'm not mistaken, you are looking for the gauge (size of holes) and the size of the net. Well, that's going to depend on what you are trying to catch : )


10 years ago

I don't really know how to make a net (it's on my to-dos). You need to identifiy which region and time-period the cast-net you're looking for is "traditional" in. For example, the nets in my region are traditionally made of oiled cotton and feature no metal rings, but some types would involve straight sticks or wooden hoops. In the last 40 years or so, everyone switched over to synthetic materials. My best advice to learn how to do it... go down to the docks and talk to someone who looks bored and knowledgable.