I was talking with a mate and we had the same idea at the same time. He wanted to freshen up his knot skills by making a net and I was interested in making a Gill Net from cordage. (I dont like using nylon, Ive seen too much of it left behind to kill animals and fish). I had done a little cordage making, net making, weaving but wanted to take it to another level.
I could just use a larks head and reef or overhand knots but wanted to learn a few different knots as well. I also wanted to aim at using my hands and not a net needle for this project but because Im shying away from a net needle makes me want to learn how to use one, so Ill see how it goes. So far Im at the research stage and have decided on using a paracord main line and number 6 bank line for the body of the net.
The top knot on the main support line Ive decided to use a bull hitch and have the choice between several others depending on if I decide to use only my hands or a net needle. The knots will be different for both methods.
Below is my research so far!
Haverford nets and net needles
Netting knot structure
Online Netting knots and classes
Nets in the Field no tools
Bushcrafting a net
Close Up Net Knots
Gill Net Tutorial
Bank Line size 6