How to Weave Bird Netting


If you have berries, fruits or other plants that birds love to dine on, then bird netting is a must-have tool in your arsenal of bird-repelling items for your garden. Bird netting is a lightweight mesh net that can be hung over a plant to prevent birds from being able to reach the fruits or berries. The process to make bird netting is similar to that of making fishing netting.

Step 1

Fill the shuttle (1/4 inch thick, 1 inch wide and 12 inches long) with your poly cord twine by tying the twine to the tongue of the shuttle. Wrap the twine around the notch. Turn the shuttle over and wrap the twine around the back of the tongue and then back through the notch. Continue looping the shuttle around the tongue and back through the notch until the shuttle is filled. Use the flame from a cigarette lighter to cut and fuse the ends of the poly cord.

Step 2

Tie your first cord onto a loop made of twine with a clove hitch knot that is stopped by two half hitch knots. This process is known as casting off.

Step 3

Place your knitting gauge (1/4-inch thick, ¼-inch wide and 12 inches long) on top of your cord lying perpendicular to the loop with one side just touching the knot. Use the shuttle to wrap your cord around the other side of the gauge and bring it up and to the right. Bring the cord through the loop from the front to the back.

Step 4

Pull the loose piece of cord diagonally away from the knot to the left. Then bring the cord across the face of the loop, and thread it through the right side of the loop from the back to the front.

Step 5

Place the string behind the gauge and pull down to tighten all the knots and form a lark's head knot around the loop.

Step 6

Knit a row of diamond mesh squares by wrapping your cord around the gauge from the front to the back. Then pick up a second ring loop by passing the shuttle through front to back. Pull the cord around to tighten it around the gauge.

Step 7

Lay a loop of twine over the ring loop that you just picked up. Thread the shuttle through the back of the ring loop and through the loop that was laid on top. Pull the twine downward and to the right to form a sheet bend knot. Continue picking up ring loops and tying sheet bend knots until you have made a complete row of loops for your net.

Step 8

Slide the loops off the gauge and turn the work over when you have completed a row. The shuttle should now be on the left side of your work. Now wrap your cord around your gauge and pick up the bottom-most diamond mesh loop as you did in step 6. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have completed the next row of mesh loops. Then turn your net over and repeat steps 6 and 7 to complete another set of loops. Continue this process until you have completed your net.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 or 2 spools of poly cord
  • Netmaker's shuttle with a tongue and a notch
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Knitting gauge


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  • Installing Bird Netting
  • Netting

Who Can Help

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Keywords: bird net making, net making, weaving

About this Author

Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.