Tatted Bookmark

This is one of my first attempts at designing. I wanted a bookmark that would look something like a miniature doily, but that would go together rather quickly. This was on my original site tatted in white #40 crochet cotton. This model is red #30 Cebelia. Cebelia is a much nicer thread than the crochet cotton. It’s much smoother and easier to work with.

The instructions below haven’t changed from those on my original site except that I added one more ring to each end. It was too much of a stretch around the corner without it.

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
ppicotspsmall picot
lplong picotjjoin
ChChain  

Round 1

R: (3ds p) 5 times 3ds close, turn work
*Ch: (3ds p) 5 times 3ds, turn work
R: (3ds p) 5 times 3ds close (do not join to previous ring), turn work*
Repeat from * to * until you have 9 rings.
Ch: (3ds p) 11 times 3ds, turn work
R: (3ds p) 3 times 3ds j to 4th p of previous r 3ds p 3ds close, turn work
*Ch: (3ds p) 5 times 3ds, turn work
R: 3ds p 3ds j to 2nd p of r opposite 3ds p 3ds j to 4th p of next r 3ds p 3ds close, turn work*
Repeat from * to * until you have 9 rings on this side of bookmark (total of 18 rings).
Ch: (3ds p) 11 times 3ds
Tie ends into first ring and tie off.

Round 2

R: 4ds p 4ds j to 2nd p of a chain on side of bookmark from previous round 4ds p 4ds close, turn work
Ch: 4ds p 4ds, turn work
Continue this pattern around the sides of the bookmark, joining center p of rings to second and fourth picots of chains. Around the ends of the bookmark, attach rings to picots number 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10. Ch around ends should be 5ds p 5ds.
Tie ends into first ring and tie off.

© Copyright 1997 by Nancy Price, All Rights Reserved.

Heather Tatted Edging

To add a bead, make the picot which will receive the join slightly longer than the diameter of the bead. When you’re ready to join, pull the picot through the bead with a small crochet hook and complete the join as usual.

Printable pattern (83K. Opens a new window.)

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Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
ppicotspsmall picot
lplong picotjjoin
ChChain  

Make clover leaf by:
R: 8ds lp 4ds sp 4ds close
R: 4ds j to previous small picot (3ds p) 3 times 3 ds sp 4ds close
R: 4ds j 4ds lp 8ds close, turn work
Ch: 6ds (p 3ds) 4 times p 6ds, turn work

Continue making clover leaves and chains, inserting a small bead at each long picot.

This is the same pattern written out with a different notation
-L = Large picot
-S = Small picot
+ = Join
R: 8 -L 4 -S 4 Close
R: 4 + (to previous -S) 3 – 3 – 3 – 3 -S 4 Close
R: 4 + (to previous -S) 4 -L 8 Close, turn work
Ch: 6 – 3 – 3 – 3 – 3 – 6, turn work

Copyright 2000 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Purple Peony Tatted Earrings

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
ppicotjjoin
ChChain  

This design used two 5mm turquoise-colored beads, 20 gold seed beads, tatting thread size 20, and 2 gold-tone jewelry findings.

Wind 1.5 yards of thread onto a shuttle. Add 7 seed beads onto the thread. You will start with a ring. Be sure you leave at least 5 inches of thread hanging so you can tie your work to the jewelry finding when you’re done.

Form the ring on your hand, and at the same time keep 6 beads close to the shuttle, and one bead on your working thread and to the back of your hand.

R: 8ds bring bead on working thread to your work 5ds p 3ds close
Form the next ring on your hand, leaving 1 bead at the shuttle and 5 beads on the working thread

R: 5ds pick up one of the seed beads not on your thread and join to last picot on previous ring 5 ds bring beads on working thread to your work 5ds p 5ds close

Form the next ring on your hand, bringing the last bead to the working thread

R: 5ds pick up one of the seed beads not on your thread and join to last picot on previous ring 3ds bring bead on working thread to your work 8ds close

Cut about 5 inches away from your work. Thread both ends through the 5mm bead, then through a seed bead. Tie with a secure knot to the jewelry finding. Seal the knot with a drop of Fray-Check or fabric glue. When it’s dry, trim the ends off.

Repeat for the second earring.

Copyright 2005 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Berries

Summer in Colorado brings fresh strawberries to the stores and to the mountains. I designed three berries to celebrate summer here–a raspberry, a wild strawberry, and a domestic strawberry.

Wouldn’t these look great on the collar of a denim shirt?

These are beginner-level 1- and 2-shuttle patterns using simple rings and chains. They were tatted using DMC Cebelia size 30 thread. Each berry is about 1 to 1.5 inches long.

Printable pattern (220K. Opens a new window.)

Patterns are available for download as a PDF file and are readable by using Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader free.

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
ppicotjjoin
Chchainspsmall picot

You will need:

DMC Cebelia thread in red #816 and green #699, size 30
2 tatting shuttles

Domestic strawberry

Tatted Berries


Domestic strawberry
Using DMC Cebelia red
Clover leaf: R: (4ds p) 3 times 4ds, close
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 6 times 4ds, close
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, (4ds p) twice, 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds (sp 2ds) 8 times, turn
R: 3ds p 3ds j to middle picot of last R, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, 4ds j to 6th p of center R of clover leaf, 4ds p 4ds close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 9 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds p (3ds p) twice 3ds j to center p of center R of clover leaf, (3ds p) three times 4ds, close, turn
R: Make this ring with your second shuttle. 2ds j to last p of previous Ch, (2ds p) ten times 2ds, close, do not turn
Ch: 2ds j to last p of previous R, (2ds p) 8 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds p 4ds j to 2nd p of center R of clover leaf, 4ds p 4ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds p) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 3ds j to center p of first R, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds p) 8 times 10ds
Cut and tie to base of clover leaf.

Using DMC Cebelia green
R: 20ds j to last p of last Ch, 8ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 20ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 8ds j to first p of first Ch, 20ds, close, turn
Ch: 15ds Push these stitches tight enough on the shuttle thread to make the chain curl nicely.
Cut and tie.

Wild strawberry


Wild strawberry
Using DMC Cebelia red
Clover leaf: R: (4ds p) 3 times 4ds, close
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 4 times 3ds p 4ds, close
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, (4ds p) twice, 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 7ds p 3ds p (sp 2ds) 8 times, turn
R: 3ds p 3ds j to middle picot of last R, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, 4ds j to 4th p of center R of clover leaf, 4ds p 4ds close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, 4ds j to 3rd p of center R of clover leaf, 4ds p 4ds close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, 4ds j to 2nd p of center R of clover leaf, 4ds p 4ds close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 3ds j to center p of first R, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds p) 8 times p 3ds p 7ds
Cut and tie to base of first clover leaf.

Using DMC Cebelia green
R: 20ds j to last p of last Ch, 8ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 20ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 8ds j to first p of first Ch, 20ds, close, turn
Ch: 15ds Push these stitches tight enough on the shuttle thread to make the chain curl nicely.
Cut and tie.

Raspberry


Raspberry
Using DMC Cebelia red
Clover leaf: R: (4ds p) 3 times 4ds, close
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 6 times 4ds, close
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, (4ds p) twice, 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds (sp 2ds) 8 times, turn
R: 3ds p 3ds j to middle picot of last R, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, 4ds j to 6th p of center R of clover leaf, 4ds p 4ds close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 9 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds p (3ds p) twice 3ds j to center p of center R of clover leaf, (3ds p) three times 4ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds sp) 9 times 2ds, turn
R: 4ds p 4ds j to 2nd p of center R of clover leaf, 4ds p 4ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds p) 5 times 2ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 3ds j to center p of first R, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (2ds p) 8 times 10ds
Cut and tie to base of clover leaf.

Using DMC Cebelia green
R: 20ds j to last p of last Ch, 8ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 20ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 8ds j to first p of first Ch, 20ds, close, turn
Ch: 15ds Push these stitches tight enough on the shuttle thread to make the chain curl nicely.
Cut and tie.

Copyright 2005 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Spring Snow Tatted Sun Catcher

Last week here in Colorado we had one of our surprise spring snowstorms. The day before was a beautiful spring day, but we woke to big snowflakes and wind. We had about one foot of snow on the ground that morning, but by afternoon, it had melted down to 3″. That’s spring in Colorado! I designed this suncatcher while I enjoyed the storm that day.

This is a beginner-level 2-shuttle pattern using simple rings and chains. The snowflake-shaped prism in the middle is a Swarovski crystal and is available at the Be-stitched tatting store. Tatting was done using size 30 white Cebelia.

For a more detailed image, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Printable pattern (142K. Opens a new window.)

Patterns are available for download as a PDF file and are readable by using Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader free.

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
ppicotjjoin
Chchain  

You will need:

<DMC Cebelia thread in white, size 30
1 Swarovski crystal snowflake prism
4″ brass ring (sold at hobby and craft stores)
Invisible thread or fishing line
tatting shuttles

Round 1: (2 shuttles)
*R: 4ds, 6 p separated by 2ds, 14ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds, 7 p separated by 2ds, lock j to 6th p of R, turn*
Repeat between * until you have 12 rings
Cut off and tie to base of first R.

Round 2: (1 shuttle)
Joins in this round use the 2nd, 4th and 6th picot of each Ch in the previous round.
R: 5ds, j to p of a Ch on the previous round, 5ds, close, turn
*R: leave 1/8″ of thread, 3ds, 7 p separated by 2ds, 3ds, turn
R: leave 1/8″ of thread, 5ds, j to p of a Ch on the previous round, 5ds, close, turn*
Repeat between * all the way around.
R: leave 1/8″ of thread, 3ds, 7 p separated by 2ds, 3ds
Cut off and tie to base of first R.

Lightly steam your tatting until it lays flat. Let it cool and dry. Thread a needle with about 1 yard of the invisible thread or fishing line. Pass through center p on a ring of the last round and pull up until both ends of the thread are even. Tie a secure knot over the brass ring. Then pass the needle through the middle picot on the next ring and half-way around the brass ring. Do the same with the other end of the thread around the other half of the ring. Tie another secure knot. Don’t cut the threads yet.

Thread about 1 foot of invisible thread through the hole in the crystal. Bring ends up even, make a knot in both ends approximately 1-3/8″ from the crystal. Thread one end through the picot at the hanger loop, tie a knot with both ends tightly to the brass ring.

Now bring all loose thread ends together and tie another knot 4-6″ away from the brass ring. Trim the excess thread so it’s about 1″ from the last knot and use this large loop as your hanger.

Copyright 2005 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Penny Baby Card

This is a fun card for a new mother and her baby. Find a shiny, new penny (or other appropriate coin) that was minted in the year the baby was born. Inside the card, add the verse below, or any other you may like. You can find more at Babysite.org or Stork Avenue if you’d rather have something different than this.

Precious one, so small, so sweet
Dancing in on angel feet
Straight from Heaven’s brightest star
What a miracle you are!Now here’s a lucky penny
To celebrate the year of your sweet birth,
May it bring you happiness, good health,
Long life on earth.And as life goes by and wedded bliss
tenderly comes your way
You can give this to your one true love
In remembrance of your special day.

–Anonymous

You could also put this on a Laser Elegance Needlework Card and give it to a bride using this verse:

Here’s a lucky penny
For the special bride to be
May it always bring you happiness,
Good health, prosperity.May the years of wedded bliss
Be many and tears be few
For no one deserves a happier, more joyful life
Than you!!–Anonymous

This is a beginner to intermediate level pattern using 1 shuttle. It was tatted using Opera size 20 thread.

Printable pattern (187K. Opens a new window.)

Patterns are available for download as a PDF file and are readable by using Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader free.

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
ppicotjjoin
tptiny picotChchain
lplong picotbjbead join

You will need:

Opera thread in blue #510, size 20
1 Eva Rosenstand card for baby boy
16 2mm white round pearl beads
1 tatting shuttle

Fill your shuttle with thread, but do not cut it when you are done winding. This saves tying a knot and gives you a cleaner start.

Round 1:
R: 4ds p 8ds p 4ds, close, turn.
*Ch: 5ds p 5ds, turn.
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, 8ds p 4ds, close, turn.*
Repeat between * until you have completed 7 rings.
Ch: 5ds p 5ds, turn.
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R, 8ds j to first p of first R 4ds, close, turn.
Ch: 5ds p 5ds, do not turn and do not tie off. Join to the base of the first R.

Round 2:
Ch: 8ds p 8ds, j to base of next R all the way around the motif. Cut and tie.

Round 3:
Make the lp in this round long enough to fit the bead over top of it. Learn how here.

Heart R: 5ds lp 5ds tp 4ds j to tp 5ds lp 5ds close, do not turn.
J to p on chain in previous round.
*Leave 3/8″ thread.
R: 3ds bj to last p of previous R 3ds p 3ds lp 3ds, close, do not turn.
Leave 3/8″ thread.
Heart R: 5ds bj to last p of previous R 5ds tp 4ds j to tp 5ds lp 5ds, close.
Join to p on next chain in previous round.*
Repeat between * until you have completed 8 Heart R.
Leave 3/8″ thread.
R: 3ds bj 3ds p 3ds bj to first p of first R 3ds, close.
Cut and tie.

Finishing:
Center tatting in the card opening and glue using small amounts of hot glue or glue stick. Glue a shiny, new penny dated in the baby’s birth year in the center.

Copyright 2005 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Ice Cream Cone

It’s been a hot summer in Colorado. Earlier this month, I was hot and was trying to talk myself out of cooling down with some ice cream. Then it hit me–why not tat an ice cream cone instead? So I did, and saved myself a bunch of calories in the process!

This is an intermediate-level 2-shuttle pattern using simple rings and chains. It was tatted using Flora size 20 thread.

Printable pattern (84K. Opens a new window.)

Patterns are available for download as a PDF file and are readable by using Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader free.

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
Chchainjjoin
ppicotbjbeaded join
lplong picotljlock join

You will need:

Flora thread in your choice of color for the cone, size 20
Flora thread in white for the ice cream, size 20
10 2-3mm tiger eye beads
2 tatting shuttles Sewing needle and matching thread

Cone

Round 1
Use thread in your choice of color

R: 8ds p 6ds p 2ds, close
R: 2ds j to last p (3ds p) 8 times, 2ds, close
R: 2ds j to last p 6ds p 8ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds lj to p on last R
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, lj to 3rd p of large R
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, lj to center p of large R, do not turn
At this point, either do the shoelace trick or change to the second shuttle.
R: 3ds j to last p of previous Ch (3ds p) 6 times, 3ds, close, do not turn
At this point, either do the shoelace trick or change to the second shuttle.
Ch: 3ds j to last p of previous R (3ds p) twice, 3ds lj to 7th p of large R
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds lj to center p of next R
Ch: 10ds, cut and tie to base of clover leaf.

Round 2
Tie thread to first available p at the top of the cone
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, skip next p lj to next p
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 4ds j to center p of next ch on previous round 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 8ds j to 3rd p of R on previous round 8ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 6ds p 6ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds p 1ds, do not turn
R: 2ds j to last p of previous Ch 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds p 2ds, close, do not turn
Ch: 1ds j to last p of previous R 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 6ds j to center p of corresponding R 6 ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 8ds j to 5th p of R on previous round 8ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 4ds j to center p of next ch on previous round 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, lj to 1st p on next Ch on previous round
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 3 times, 3ds, lj to last p on same Ch on previous round
Cut and tie

Ice cream

Round 1
Use white thread

Thread 2 beads onto shuttle thread
R: 3ds p 2ds p 2ds lp (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds lp 2ds p 2ds p 3ds, close, turn
Repeat previous R
J to bottom of prevous R
*Slide down one bead
R: 3ds p 2ds p 2ds bj to lp of previous R (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds lp 2ds p 2ds p 3ds, close, turn
Repeat previous R
J to bottom of previous R*
Repeat between * one more time

Round 2
Ch: 9ds bj to lp of previous R, 3ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, skip one p and lj to next p
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 7 times, 3ds, lj to first p after bj on next R of previous round
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 5 times, 3ds, skip 3 p, j to next p (should be last p before bj on same R)
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 7 times, 3ds, skip 3 p after bj, j in next p
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, bj to next available lp
Ch: 3ds, bj to next available lp
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 7 times, 3ds, lj to center p of R on previous round
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 8 times, 3ds, lj to center p of next R on previous round
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 8 times, 3ds, lj to center p of next R on previous round
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 7 times, 3ds, bj to next available lp
Ch: 3ds
Cut and tie next to first bj on this round.

Steam in shape and sew using needle and thread to the cone.

Copyright 2005 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Necklace and Earrings

Tatting with black is a fun challenge for me. I love the elegant look, especially when I use very few picots. Here is a necklace and earring set using black DMC Cebelia and seed beads. I hope you enjoy it!

The shoelace trick is a crucial part of this pattern. To do the shoelace trick, cross the shuttle and working thread to make a loop. Put the shuttle through the loop, then pull tight. This is the same thing that we do as a first step when we tie our shoes, and it’s one of my favorites tricks. Many 2-shuttle patterns can be changed to 1-shuttle patterns simply by doing the shoelace trick instead of switching shuttles.

This is an intermediate-level 1-shuttle pattern. It was tatted using DMC Cebelia size 30 black thread.

Printable pattern (167K. Opens a new window.)

Patterns are available for download as a PDF file and are readable by using Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader free.

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRringChchain
jjoinppicotbjbeaded join
lplong picotljlock joinslshoelace trick

You will need:

DMC Cebelia black thread, size 30
Gold and red seed beads, size 11
1 tatting shuttle
1 10mm lobster clasp
2 6mm jump rings
2 earring findings
Needlenose pliers

Necklace (makes a 16″ necklace)

Small rosette
R: (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds lj to next p on R with gold bead (4ds p 4ds lj to next p on R with gold bead) 4 times, 3ds j to base of R

Ch: 10ds p 2ds, turn

Large rosette
R: 6ds p (3ds p) 4 times 6ds, close, sl
Ch: 8ds j to last p on small rosette 4ds, lj to next p on R using three beads, (4ds p 4ds, lj to next p on R using three beads) 4 times, 4ds p 8ds, j to base of R, sl
Ch: 2ds j to p on Ch between rosettes 10ds, turn
R: (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, close, sl
Ch: 3ds lj to next p on R with gold bead (4ds p 4ds lj to next p on R with gold bead) 4 times, 3ds tie to base of R

Necklace “Chain”
*R: 12ds p 12ds, close, turn
Ch: 14ds lj with gold bead to p on R, turn*
Repeat between * for a total of 17 R
R: 12ds p 12ds, close, turn
Ch: 7ds j to first p of chain on small rosette 7ds lj with gold bead to p on R, turn
R: 12ds p 12ds, close, turn
Ch: 14ds lj with gold bead to p on R, turn
R: 12ds p 12ds, close, turn
Ch: 7ds j to first p of chain on the second small rosette 7ds lj with gold bead to p on R, turn
*R: 12ds p 12ds, close, turn
Ch: 14ds lj with gold bead to p on R, turn*
Repeat between * for a total of 17 R
Cut and tie

Normally, I don’t advocate using Fray Check on your tatting because it turns brown over time. However, on a piece like this that I don’t anticipate lasting forever, I’ll use it. Put Fray Check on the final ties and when dry clip close to the knot.

Using the needlenose pliers, add a jump ring to one end of the tatted chain. Use a jump ring to connect the lobster clip and the other end of the tatted chain.

Earrings

R: (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds lj to next p on R with gold bead (4ds p 4ds lj to next p on R with gold bead) 4 times, 3ds
Cut and tie to base of R

Finish by attaching to an earring finding using the needlenose pliers.

Copyright 2005 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Computer-Down-Time Bookmark

Recently at work my computer died. I mean really died. And since my entire job is done on the computer, I had no work to do. So I asked a friend of mine there who tats if she had any shuttles. No sense in wasting time! She had this fun black and white variegated thread loaded on two shuttles with no project attached, so I started tatting to see what would come out. The IT guy tried fixing my computer, but had to take it away, wipe it clean, and start over. That takes a whole day, so I just went home. That was one of my better days at work!

This bookmark is the pattern that “appeared” from my tatting that day. I don’t even know what this thread is–my friend said it was vintage. I do know that it is either size 20 or 30 and that Flora or Cebelia threads would work great for it.

This is an intermediate-level 2-shuttle pattern using simple rings and chains.

Printable pattern (195K. Opens a new window.)

Patterns are available for download as a PDF file and are readable by using Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader free.

Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
Chchainjjoin
ppicotljlock join
lplong picot  

You will need:

Tatting thread in your choice of color, size 20 or 30
1/4 yard 5/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon to match
2 tatting shuttles

Round 1

R: (3ds p) 5 times 3ds, close, turn
*Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 6 times 3ds, turn
R: 3ds p 3ds j to 2nd p of previous R (3ds p) 3 times 3ds, close, turn*
Repeat between * until you have 5 completed rings.
Swap shuttles
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 12 times, 3ds
* J to base of next R
Ch: 3ds j to last p of previous Ch (2ds p) 12 times 3ds*
Repeat between * around
Ch: (3ds p) 6 times 3ds j to base of R opposite the R you just joined to
*Swap shuttles
Ch: (3ds p) 7 times j to 1st p of previous Ch*
Repeat between * for a total of 22 chains. Cut and tie.

Round 2

This round will use the picots that are along the sides of the series of 22 chains.
Join to base of the first R you made.
Ch: 3ds j to closest p at the side of the chains
*Ch: (2ds p) 5 times 2ds
J to next p at the side of the chains*
Repeat between * to the end of the side of the bookmark
Ch: 2ds p 2ds j to p where the first round ended
Ch: (3ds p) 7 times 3ds
J to 2nd to the last p of the last chain of the previous round
Ch: 2ds p 2ds j to last p of the last chain of the previous round
*Ch: (2ds p) 5 times 2ds
J to next p at the side of the chains*
Repeat between * to the end of the side of the bookmark
Ch: 3ds j to base of R
Cut and tie

Steam the bookmark so that it’s flat, weave the ribbon through it and trim the ends diagonally.

Copyright 2005 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted 10 Point Snowflake

We’ve all heard of writer’s block. Well, this month I had “designer’s block”. I’d planned on creating a Christmas-y design and just couldn’t get my mind around it. So I went back to my favorite form of tatting and designed a snowflake. I love the old way of tatting and the old uses for it.

Another motivation I had for doing a snowflake is that I intend to use this design as the center of a new doily I want to design. I will add a new row each month until it’s done!

This snowflake was tatted with size 30 DMC Cebelia thread.

This is an intermediate-level 1-shuttle pattern using simple rings and chains.

Printable pattern (210K. Opens a new window.)

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Instructions:

dsdouble stitchRring
Chchainjjoin
ppicotljlock join
lplong picotslshoelace trick

You will need:

Tatting thread in your choice of color, size 20 or 30
1 tatting shuttle

Round 1

Clover leaf (use this same clover leaf throughout–will be abbreviated as CL
R: (3ds p) 5 times 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 5ds p 1ds p 1ds p 5ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 4 times 3ds close, turn

Ch: 5ds p (3ds p) 4 times, 5ds, turn
R: 3ds j to 2nd p of previous R, 5ds p 1ds p 1ds p 5ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: 5ds p (3ds p) 4 times, 5ds, turn
CL, joining 4th p of first R in CL to last p of previous R
Repeat until you have 5 repetitions of the pattern, making sure you j to the appropriate p on the first CL once you’ve reached the last repetition. Cut and tie.

Round 2

*R: 3ds p 3ds j to center p of chain on previous round 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, sl, do not turn
CL, do not turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn*
Repeat between * around.
Cut and tie.

Steam and starch the snowflake so that it’s flat. This particular pattern has a tendency to twist if you use the shoelace trick. If you’d like to avoid the twisting, just use two shuttles instead.

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