(2.) Two Half-meshes.
This method presents a much neater appearance than the former one. In fig. 33, instead of carrying the netting-strip from the loop A to the loop B to make one complete mesh, as in the ordinary routine, this mesh-space is divided up into two. The strip, after making the netting-knot at A, is carried up over the netting-knot of the row above at X. The loop formed is gauged to the same level as the previous loop. The strip is carried down to the level of the lower ends of the loops of the last row at A, B. At this point, Y, the ascending and descending limbs of the netting-strip are held with the left finger and thumb whilst an overhand
Fig. 1.—Scoop-net for kahawai: beach at mouth of Waiapu River. (See p. 620.)
Fig. 2.—Net-commencement: closed loops on supporting stand; author gauging mesh.
knot is made over both, as in the closed-loop commencement. The netting-strip is now looped over the next mesh, B, and after gauging the loop to the same level as mesh 1 the ordinary netting-knot is made at B. This completes the mesh 2 in fig. 34. Thus two meshes, 1 and 2, have taken the place between A and B that by the routine method would have been occupied by one mesh, and the row is thus increased by one.