This knitting pattern contains instructions for a small hairnet (size 1) and a large hairnet (size 2).
WIDTH in centimeters: 70 (100)
LENGTH in centimeters: 35 (50)
NEEDLES AND WIRES
Circular needles size 3.5 mm [US 4]
Circular needles size 4.5 mm [US 7]
Wires 30 + 60 + 100 cm (incl. needles)
Wool needle for weaving ends
Preferably a blocking mat and T-pins
Recommended yarn: 100% Silk
Meterage: 300 meters pr. 50 grams (worked with 2 strands held together)
Amount needed: 70 (100) grams
The recommended yarn for this pattern is 100% silk. I personally recommend Jaipur Silk Fino by BC Garn - or the new Peace Silk by BC Garn, for a cruelty free option!
However, silk is an expensive fibre and not available to all knitters.
But as silk acts way differently when washed and blocked than many other fibres such as wool, cotton or acrylics, you cannot substitute it with just any type of fibre.
You can substitute it with the following fibres:
Bamboo is a lightweight, soft yarn that acts very similar to silk when washed and blocked. Often you can even find bamboo yarn with a silky sheen to it - score!
Bamboo is more durable than silk, which is definitely also a plus.
Expect a bamboo hairnet to be warmer than a silk hairnet.
Modal and viscose yarns are also fairly lightweight and act very similar to silk when washed and blocked, making them great alternatives to silk. Expect a hairnet in modal or viscose yarn to be warmer than a silk hairnet.
The hairnet is worked with 2 strands of silk yarn held together - so you do have the option of holding one strand of silk (or any of the above mentioned fibres) together with a strand of an effect yarn with the same meterage.
I do not recommend using solely effect yarn, as these are often rigid and won't wash and block very well, but instead using one strand of effect yarn and one strand silk.
This pattern contains a few advanced techniques, such as double knitting and a lace pattern.
Because of this, it is not recommended for complete beginners. However, the pattern offers detailed explanations of the entire process, and is generally clear and easily legible to a knitter with a bit of experience.
The pattern does contain abbreviations to certain words (k = knit, p = purl etc.) with a guide explaining the meaning of every abbreviation.
You can always check out the Unlucky Knits guides, if you need help along the way.
Please keep in mind that what some find difficult, you might find easy - and vice versa. The stated difficulty is an estimation based on the techniques needed and feedback from testknitters.