Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This is a prototype for a new small heart pattern - didn't quite work out as planned, so it needs some tweaking. Shape looks okay, stitch count - not so much.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


This is a quick and easy heart that shows off variegated thread very nicely. The example is tatted in Altin Basak size 50.

Clover: R 8-8, R 8-8, R 8-8
ch 4-4-4-4, R 8j8 (to last ring of clover), ch 4-4-4-4. R 8j8 (same picot)

ch 4-4-4-4; clover: R 8j8 (to previous group), R 8j8 (to middle ring of first clover), R 8-8
ch 4j4-4-4 R 8j8 (to last ring of previous clover), ch 4-4

SLT or switch to second shuttle, R 6-6 (tip of heart), SLT or switch back to first shuttle.

ch 4-4, R 8j8, ch 4-4-4-4
Clover: R 8j8 (to previous group), R 8j8 (to middle ring of first clover), R 8-8
ch 4j4-4-4 R 8j8 (to last ring of previous clover),ch 4-4-4-4
R 8j8, ch 4-4-4-4, final clover: R 8j8 (to previous group), R 8j8 (to middle picot of other clovers), R 8j8 (to first ring of first clover).
Finish Off

I actually shortened the chains that lead down to the "tip" ring to 3-3 later - it just looked better to me!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Simple Angel

I tatted up a variation of the SuperSimple Angel (a pattern that I need to overhaul) today using a button instead of a center ring. I thought it turned out cute, and it is very fast. Maybe make the head a little bigger next time around?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kira's Star

1st Round:
Clover: R 5-3-3-3-5, R 5j3-3-3-3-3-3-5, R 5j3-3-3-5
Ch 14
***Clover; R 5-3 join to 3rd picot on last ring 3-3-5;
R 5j3-3-3-3-3-3-5, R 5j3-3-3-5, Ch 14***
Repeat portion between asterisks 3 more times
Clover: R 5-3 join to 3rd picot on last ring 3-3-5;
R 5j3-3-3-3-3-3-5, R 5j3-3join to second picot of first Ring3-5, Ch 14,
Tie into base of first clover.

2nd Round:
All chains.
Thread the thread through free outside picot of the first ring of any clover, then wind shuttle using CTM.
All joins in this round are shuttle joins.
***Ch 3-3-3-3. j to top picot of middle ring of clover, ch 3-3-3-3 j into the SAME picot (mock ring), ch 3-3-3-3 join to free picot of last ring of clover, chain 3***, j to free picot of next ring. Repeat *** 5 more times, tie into starting picot.
Finish the ends using your favorite method.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Button Cross

This pattern is very easy and quick to tat up. I've made these in size 10 crochet cotton for Easter or Christmas gift tie-ons.

clover: R 4-5-5-4, R 4j5-5-4, R 4j5-5-4

chain: 5-5 join to any hole of button 5-5

repeat clover

ch: 5j5 join to next hole in button 5-5-5-5

repeat clover

ch:5j5j5j5 join to next hole in button 5-5

repeat clover

chain: 5j5 join to last hole in button 5j5

tie into base of clover and finish off.

Adjusting the tension in the chains so that it "sits" right can be a bit tricky. I haven't found any perfect solution for that though...

I've also made this into a pendant (with a tiny mother-of-pearl button) - just attach a jumpring to the top picot, and run a ribbon through it to hang.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pattern For Wreath

Inner Motif (tatted in green):

R4-4-4, *ch 4-4-4, R4j4-4, repeat from * 3 more times,

ch 4-4-4, R4j4 join to first ring 4, chain 4-4-4,

tie into base of first ring.

Second Motif (tatted in red):

R 3-3-3-3-3-3, ch 3-3-3-3-3-3

* R 3-3-3-3-3-3, ch 3j3-3-3-3-3, rpt from * 3 more times

R 3-3-3-3-3-3, ch 3j3-3-3-3j3, tie into base of first ring

Now take the second motif and weave it through the first motif - one ring through each of the spaces below each chain in the first motif. (Look at picture)

Final Row:

Shuttle join the thread to the last picot on any of the red rings. All joins are shuttle joins

Ch 3-3-3-3, j to first picot of next red ring,

ch 3-3-3-3-3-3-3 (6 picots), j to last picot on same ring, repeat 5 more times,

on the last repeat tie the chain into the first stitch of the first chain to finish.

Also, just a note - the pattern might try to ruffle until you block it, but then it lies flat just fine :-)

It took a lot of stiffener to get this to keep its shape when hanging it up. Especially with pearl cotton, it's really soft and doesn't keep "round" unless you stiffen it!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Small Star

Small Star

Pattern: R of 3 ds, 5 p sep by 3 ds, 3 ds, cl r. Reverse.

Ch of 7 ds.

R of 3 ds, 5 p sep by 3 ds, 3 ds.

Ch of 4 ds, 3 p sep by 6 ds (on repetitions, instead of 1st picot, join to
last picot of previous chain, on last repetition, instead of last picot join to
first picot on first chain), 4 ds, join to center p of prev. ring by shuttle

Chain of 7 ds.

Repeat 5 more times.

Tie to base if first ring and finish off.


Ring: 3-3-3-3-3-3 cl rev

Ch 7

Ring: 3-3-3-3-3-3

Ch 4-6-6-4j

Ch 7

* Ring: 3-3-3-3-3-3 cl rev

Ch 7

Ring: 3-3-3-3-3-3

Ch 4j6-6-4j

Ch 7

Rp from * 3 more times

Ring: 3-3-3-3-3-3 cl rev

Ch 7

Ring 3-3-3-3-3-3

Chain 4j6-6j4j

Chain 7

Tie to base of the first ring, finish off

Mine is done in #8 pearl cotton in ecru and yellow.

Tatting Blog

I am starting a new tatting blog, and eventually my web site will go away. I will transfer my patterns over here, and they will eventually not be available on my webpage any more. Since geocities went away, it's just been too much trouble to maintain the web page!

Hopefully, people looking for my patterns will eventually find their way over here.