Pretty Kitty

I made this fun little kitty as a Christmas ornament for a friend. She has two cats that she seems to really enjoy, and I thought she’d like one for her tree, too.

This pattern was tatted with size 30 DMC Cebelia thread. Completed size is about 1.5 inches tall.

This is a beginner-level 1-shuttle pattern using simple rings and chains.

Printable pattern (115K. 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 picotslshoelace trick

You will need:

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

Body

R: (3ds p) 5 times 3ds, close, turn.
*Ch: (2ds p) 7 times 2ds turn.
R: 3ds p 3ds j to 4th p of previous R (3ds p) 3 times 3ds, close, turn.*
Repeat between * until you have four rings completed.
Ch: (2ds p) 7 times 2ds turn.
R: 3ds p 3ds j to 4th p of previous R 3ds j to center p of first R (3ds p) 2 times 3ds, close, do not turn.
Ch: (2ds p) 10 times 2ds. Cut and tie.

Head

Start your first R about 4-5″ from the end of the thread and do not hide the thread end.
R: 3ds j to 2nd to last p on 2nd Ch. Be sure the cat’s tail is facing down when you make the join. (2ds p) 4 times 3ds, close, do not turn.
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (2ds p) 2 times 2ds lp 2ds p 2ds lp (2ds p) 3 times 3ds, close, do not turn.
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (2ds p) 2 times j to 2nd p on next Ch on body, 2ds p 3ds close.

Cut and tie. Leave thread ends. Cut another 8-10″ length of thread. String it through the two bottom R of the head and tie on same side as ending knot. Trim threads to 1″ long.

Copyright 2006 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Summer Daisy Sun Catcher

This little sun catcher now hangs in my kitchen window. It’s been a delight for me to have it there–just a little something else to look at while I’m working. This is a great pattern for a beginner who is becoming more comfortable and wants to try something new, too. Josephine Knots, like the ones in the center chains of this design, are an easy technique to learn.

Printable pattern (233K. 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
ChchainJK(#)Josephine knot(number of stitches)
lplong picot  

You will need:

DMC Cebelia thread in white, size 30
3″ brass ring (sold at hobby and craft stores)
1 yd. invisible thread or fishing line
2 tatting shuttles

Round 1:
R: 5ds, 9 lp separated by 2ds, 5ds, close, turn
*Ch: 3ds, JK(12), 3ds, turn
R: 5ds, j to last picot in previous R, 2ds, 8 lp separated by 2ds, 5ds, close, turn*
Repeat between * until you have 8 rings
Ch: 3ds, JK(12), 3ds, turn
R: 5ds, j to last picot in previous ring, 2ds, 7 lp separated by 2ds, j to first picot in first ring, 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds, JK(12), 3ds
Cut off and tie to base of first R.

Round 2:
Joins in this round use the 4th and 6th picot (the 5th picot is the center picot) of each R in the previous round.
*R: 5ds, j to p of a ring on the previous round, 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds, 5 p separated by 2ds, 3ds, turn*
Repeat between * all the way around. 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 the invisible thread or fishing line. Pass through center p on a chain 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 chain and around the brass ring. Continue until you’ve gone through each chain this way. Tie another secure knot at the beginning point. Then tie another knot 4-6″ away from this one. 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.

Sunshine Edging

Now that it’s spring here and we have more sunlight, and because this is such a bright, happy edging, it reminds me of sunshine. This is a very flexible edging, so you can put it on a straight edge or a rounded one such as this 4″ cotton doily.

As you can see, I haven’t finished enough of this edging to go around the doily yet. I scanned the edging and doily together so you can get an idea of what it will be like when it’s finished. When I get the whole thing finished, I’ll update this page. This doily will go under a rather modern sculpture of a flute player that is sitting on my piano.

This edging was tatted with size 20 Flora thread.

This pattern is beginner to intermediate and requires 1 shuttle.

Printable pattern (136K. 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
ljlock join  

You will need:

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

R: (5ds p) 3 times 5ds, close
*Leave 1/4″ (3mm) of thread
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R (4ds p) 2 times, 4ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R 5ds p (1ds p) 2 times, 5ds p 3ds, close
R: 4ds j to last p of previous R (4ds p) 2 times, 4ds, close
lj to the 1/4″ left between the first and second rings
R: 5ds j to last p of previous R (5ds p) 2 times, 5ds, close and turn
Leave 1/2″ (6mm) of thread
R: (4ds p) 3 times, 4ds, close, turn
Leave 1/2″ (6mm) of thread
R: 5ds p 5ds j to middle p of corresponding R 5ds p 5ds, close*

Repeat between * for as long as you wish the edging to be.

Copyright 2006 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Fan Stack Bookmark

Here’s a quick, fun bookmark. This 1-shuttle pattern is made of as many “fans” as you wish to add. You can make this bookmark as long as you wish, just keep adding fans. Each row represents one fan, and is just five rings long.

I’ve found that this design is best done in more than one color because the design gets lost if you use only one color.

This bookmark was tatted with size 20 Flora thread.

This is a beginning-level 1-shuttle pattern.

Printable pattern (106K. 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

You will need:

Tatting thread in your choice of two or more colors, size 20 or 30
1 tatting shuttle
12″-18″ (30-45 cm) of 1/4″ (.6 cm) wide ribbon

Row 1

R: (3ds p) 5 times, 3ds, close
*Leave 1/2″ (1.5 cm) of thread
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds, close*
Repeat between * until you have a total of 5 rings.
Cut and tie.

Row 2

R: 3ds p 3ds j last p of last R of previous row, 3ds j to the first two 1/2″ thread sections, (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, close.
Leave 1/2″ (1.5 cm) of thread
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 3ds p 3ds j to the last two 1/2″ thread sections, (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds, close
Leave 1/2″ (1.5 cm) of thread
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 3ds j to first p of first R of previous row, (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, close
Leave 1/2″ (1.5 cm) of thread
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 4 times, close
Leave 1/2″ (1.5 cm) of thread
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) 4 times, close
Cut and tie.

Repeat row 2 until the bookmark is as long as you wish it to be.

To finish, cut a length of 1/4″ ribbon twice as long as you’d like it to be. Fold it in half and thread the folded end through the 1/2″ thread sections. Pull the ends of the ribbon through the loop and tighten.

Copyright 2006 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Barrette

This month’s pattern is very simple, although it looks like it’s not. This barrette is done with only rings with beads at the joins, then the whole length is scrunched together and glued to a purchased barrette. This would be very pretty done in white with gold beads or multi-colored beads, too.

How to add a bead at a join

This pattern was tatted with size 20 Flora thread. It is beginning to intermediate level (only because of the beads) and uses one shuttle.

Printable pattern (137K. 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 stitchRringbjbead join
ppicotlplong picot  

You will need:

Tatting thread in your choice of color, size 20
1 tatting shuttle
4mm beads

Be sure you have a full shuttle.

If you wish to make this without the beads, follow the same directions, just leave the beads off. If you do, you will need to make more rings to cover the barrette.

All long picots (lp) need to be big enough that you can thread the bead over it.

R: 5ds p (2ds p) 11 times, 2ds lp 5ds, close
*Leave 1/4″ thread
R: 5ds bj (2ds p) 11 times, 2ds lp 5ds, close
* Repeat until your tatting is twice as long as the length of the barrette without stretching the tatting out straight.
Leave 1/4″ thread
R: 5ds bj (2ds p) 12 times, 5ds, close
Cut, leaving an 18″ tail of thread. Thread on a needle and pass the tail through the bottom of each ring. Pull it snugly and tie the thread to the first ring. Tie off and hide the end. Since this isn’t an heirloom piece, I just use Fray Check and cut it off. Hot glue to the barrette.

Copyright 2006 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Carnation

This little bit of tatted fluff was fun to put together. The flower itself is only just over 1″ wide (4cm), so you can use it in lots of fun places. Try putting it on clothing, a hat, or to decorate a gift package.

This pattern was tatted with size 20 Flora thread. It is beginning to intermediate level and uses one shuttle (two shuttles if you decide not to use the shoelace trick).

Printable pattern (144K. 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
ppicotljlock joinjjoin

You will need:

Tatting thread in your choice of color, size 20. The sample on this page was done with size 20 Flora thread in colors 230 green and 207 pink.
1 tatting shuttle

Base (green)

R: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, close, turn
*Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, (3ds p) twice, 3ds, close, turn*
Repeat until you have completed a total of 5 rings
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 3ds p 3ds j to first p of first R in motif, 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, lj to base of first R, do not turn
**Ch: 10ds p 3ds
Shoelace
R: 3ds j to p on previous Ch, 5ds p 8ds, close, turn
Ch: 4ds p 3ds
Shoelace
R: 3ds j to p on previous Ch, 5ds p 8ds, close, do not turn
Shoelace**
If you wish, repeat between ** for as long as you want the stem to be. This was not repeated for the sample shown on this page.
Ch: 15ds, cut and tie.

Petals (pink)

All rings for the petals are as follows:
R: 3ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, close

Each ring will be lj to the base. Start with the center p of the rings, joining one R to each p. Move outward to the picots which join the rings together, joining 2 rings to each. Add a little thread between rings as necessary so that the base lays flat. Lastly, join rings to the picots on the chains, 2 rings per picot. Use very little thread between rings here–definitely use less thread between rings than there is distance between picots. You want them to be close together so they stand up.

Add more rings to the base if you wish to have a thicker flower.

Cut and tie. Fluff the petals until you are satisfied with the way they lay.

Copyright 2006 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Jack O’Lantern Bookmark

This is a sample pattern from my book, “Tat’s Where I Stopped: A Year of Tatted Bookmarks”.

Carving pumpkins in October was one of our favorite family traditions when my children were small. The kids would draw their designs, then we’d vote on which to use. This bookmark with three Jack O’ Lantern faces is a fun reminder of those times.

This pattern was tatted with size 20 Flora thread. It is beginning level and uses one shuttle.

Printable pattern (308K. 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
ppicotljlock joinjjoin

You will need:

Tatting threads in orange and black, size 20. The sample on this page was done with size 20 Flora thread in colors 231 orange and 245 black.
1 tatting shuttle

Pumpkin
Thread: Flora size 20 #231 Burnt Orange Dark

Round 1

R: (4ds p) 3 times, 4ds, close, turn
*Ch: 4ds p 4ds turn
R: 4ds j to last p of prev R, (4ds p) twice, 4ds, close, turn*
Repeat between * twice more for a total of 4 rings
Ch: (4ds p) 3 times, 4ds lj to cp of last R
Ch: 4ds p 4ds lj to cp of next R
Repeat last Ch to end
Ch: (4ds p) 3 times, 4ds
Cut and tie.

Round 2

R: 3ds p 3ds j to 1st p on one of the end Chs of prev rnd, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: 4ds p 4ds turn
R: 4ds j to last p of prev R, (4ds p) twice, 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) twice, 3ds, turn
R: 5ds j to last p of prev R, 5ds j to cp of next Ch of prev rnd, 5ds p 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, turn
R: 5ds p 5ds j to last p of prev R, 5ds j to cp of next Ch of prev rnd, (5ds p) twice, 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, turn
R: 5ds j to 4th p of prev R, 5ds j to cp of next Ch on prev rnd, 5ds p 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) twice, 3ds, turn
R: 4ds j to last p of prev R, 4ds j to closes p on next Ch of prev rnd, 4ds p 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 5ds p 5ds lj to cp of same Ch of prev rnd, 5ds p 5ds, turn
R: 4ds p 4ds j to final p of same Ch of prev rnd, 4ds p 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) twice, 3ds, turn
R: 5ds j to last p of prev R, 5ds j to cp of next Ch on prev rnd, 5ds p 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, turn
R: 5ds p 5ds j to last p of prev R, 5ds j to cp of next Ch on prev rnd, (5ds p) twice, 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 3ds, turn
R: 5ds j to 4th p of prev R, 5ds j to cp of next Ch of prev rnd, 5ds p 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds p (2ds p) twice, 3ds, turn
R: 4ds j to last p of prev R, (4ds p) twice, 4ds, close, turn
Ch: 4ds p 4ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R, 3ds j to closes p of next Ch on prev rnd, 3ds p 3ds, close
Cut and tie.

Stem

Unwrap about 18″ of thread from your shuttle.
R: 3ds j to last p of last R on prev rnd, 3ds, j to cp of Ch on first rnd, 3ds, j to 1st p of 1st R on prev rnd, 3ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds
Push stitches snug so the stem curls. Cut and tie.

Each pumpkin is the same. Join each pumpkin at the picots indicated in the visual pattern below.

Pumpkin faces

To join the thread to the starting picot without tying a knot when stitching a chain:

Lay the thread over the top of the tatting, then in the space next to the starting picot, run it to the back. Bring it back up through the picot, then tie it to your shuttle. Stitch your first double-stitch right up against the picot, and continue the chain from there.

Tatted Jack O’Lantern Bookmark

Surprised pumpkin
Thread: Flora size 20 #245 Black

Left eye:
R: 3ds j (1ds p) 3 times, 1ds j (1ds p) twice, 3ds, close, cut and tie.

Right eye:
R: 3ds p 1ds p 1ds j (1ds p) 3 times, 1ds j 3ds, close, cut and tie.

Mouth:
R: 6ds j 14ds j 14ds j 10ds j 4ds, close, cut and tie.

Optional:
Instead of joining as you stitch the eyes and mouth, tat each piece separately then glue or sew to the bookmark. The eye is R: 3ds p (1ds p) 6 times, 3ds, close. The mouth is R: 48ds, close.

Sleepy pumpkin
Thread: Flora size 20 #245 Black

Eye:
Start each eye at the *. Ch: (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, cut and tie.

Mouth:
Start at the *. Ch: 13ds lj to base of R, 8ds lj 13ds, cut and tie.

Optional:
Instead of joining as you stitch the eyes and mouth, tat each piece separately then glue or sew to the bookmark. The eye is Ch: (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, close. The mouth is Ch: 34ds.

Angry pumpkin
Thread: Flora size 20 #245 Black

Left eye:
R: 3ds j 4ds j 5ds, close, cut and tie.

Right eye:
R: 5ds j 4ds, j 3ds, close, cut and tie.

Eyebrows:
Start each eyebrow at the *. Ch: 14ds, cut and tie.

Mouth:
Start at the *. Ch: 10ds p 3ds lj to base of R, 8ds lj 10ds p 3ds, cut and tie.

Optional:
Instead of joining as you stitch the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth, tat each piece separately then glue or sew to the bookmark. The eye is R: 12ds, close. The eyebrow is Ch: 14ds. The mouth is Ch: 10ds p 14ds p 10ds.

Copyright 2006 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Tatted Clover Flower Edging

I’ve been tatting for over 20 years and I’m still learning. In fact, I have a LOT to learn. This month I taught myself how to make an tatted “onion ring” using Georgia Seitz’s excellent instructions. An onion ring is a series of rings that encircle each other.

I had originally wanted to do this edging as a series of just onion rings, but once I’d done one in pink, I realized how much it looks like the flowers that grow in the clover here in North America. So I added clover leaf motifs between the flowers.

This pattern was tatted with size 20 Flora thread. It is intermediate level (but an experienced beginner could do this) and uses two shuttles. You will need three shuttles if you don’t use theshoelace trick.

Printable pattern (127K. 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 stitchRringChchainSLshoelace trick
ORonion ringppicotjjoin  

You will need:

Tatting thread in your choice of color, size 20. The sample on this page was done with size 20 Flora thread.
2 tatting shuttles

Onion

R: 6ds p 6ds, close
R: 6ds p 6ds j to p of previous R, 6ds p 6ds, close
R: 10ds p 2ds j to first p of previous R, (2ds p) 7 times, 2ds j to last p of previous R, 2ds p 10ds, close

Edging

OR, turn
Ch: (4ds p) 3 times, 4ds, SL
R: 6ds j to last p of OR, 3ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 6ds p 3ds, close
R: 3ds j to last p of previous R, 3ds p 6ds, close, SL
Ch: (4ds p) 3 times, 4ds, turn
Repeat until the edging is as long as you wish.
Cut and tie.

Copyright 2007 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

Allison Tatted Edging

Add the bead to this edging in the same manner as with the “Heather” edging, except join using the shuttle thread instead of the working thread.

Printable pattern (73K. 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
ppicotspsmall picot
lplong picotjjoin
ChChain  

R: 4ds p 4ds lp 8ds close, turn work
Ch: 8 ds p 8ds j with bead to long picot, turn work

Repeat the rings and chains, inserting a small bead at each long picot.

Tatted Collar for an Infant

Recently, someone on the tatting lists online asked where they could find a tatted collar for a little girl. Well, I looked and looked and could only find collars for adults. So I thought I’d put one together. Besides, it will be fun for me to add this to something for my granddaughter.

This pattern is a beginner level pattern and requires only one shuttle. You can make it larger by using a larger thread or adding more motifs for added length. As it is, it will fit a shirt that is 5-6 inches (13-15 cm) from center front to center back.

This pattern was tatted with size 30 DMC Cebelia thread.

Printable pattern (209K. 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
ppicotjjoinlj 

You will need:

Tatting thread in your choice of color, size 30. The sample on this page was done with size 30 DMC Cebelia thread.
1 tatting shuttle

Motif row

R: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, close, turn
*Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds, close, turn*
Repeat between * until you have completed a total of 5 rings
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds p 3ds j to first p of first R 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, cut and tie.

Make 3 more motifs (for a total of 4), joining each at the center p opposite previous motif.

Row 2 R: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, close, turn
**Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds, close, turn**
Repeat between ** until you have completed a total of 4 rings
Ch: 3ds p 3ds j to cp of chain opposite last motif 3ds p 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds p 3ds j to first p of first R 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, lj to base of first R (completed last motif)
Ch: (3ds p) 5 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds p 3ds j to third p of first Ch of last motif 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
***R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to first p of next Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to third p of same Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to first p of next Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to third p of same Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn***
Repeat between *** three more times
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to first p of next Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to third p of same Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to first p of next Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to third p of same Ch 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds j to first p of next Ch 3ds, close, turn
Ch: (3ds p) 5 times, 3ds
Cut and tie to base of next R in motif.

Repeat for second collar.

Copyright 2007 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.