Patterns

Friday, April 16, 2021

Lucky Squares Update

I'm still tatting the Lucky Squares.  I've made 6 but now working on tatting a border of Shamrocks.  I'm slightly under 1/2 way but I like the way it looks so far.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Happy International Tatting Day!

I was amazed to find multiple references coming up when you googled International Tatting Day.   In the past it only came up on tatting related sites but it's actually found on some of the calendar sites.  Although no site mentioned the necessity of eating chocolate as part of the ritual celebrations there was some that explained tatting.   No tattoo related sites showed up.  

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lucky Squares

There's only a few more days until St Patrick's Day but I have at least one more pattern to share.   For this project I broke out a second shuttle to make the floating rings.   I prefer to work shuttle and ball but needs must.  For needle tatters I suggest that you use Bonnie Swank's needle tatting technique for the floating rings.  Beware that the sides are not all the same and you need to pay attention when joining the 2 squares together.  Otherwise you'll end up like me pulling out an entire side.  

Lucky Squares by Vicki Clarke. 2021

Materials:

Gold thread (not metallic)
Green thread (Shamrocks)
2 shuttles or 2 tatting needles

See the pattern for Lucky Pair for the shamrock instructions.   When making the 2nd set you will join to the 1st set of Shamrocks at the picot next to where you join the shamrocks on the 1st set.  (If this is confusing see the picture).

You need 5 yards on the 2nd shuttle and 4 on the first shuttle.
Needle tatters normal tail, but where I say 2nd shuttle is where you can use Bonnie's technique.


*R. 4 +(p on small ring) 4
C. 4 p 4
R  4 +(same p) 4
C 6 p 6
R 4 +( skip one p on shamrock and join to the next one) 4
C. 8
2nd shuttle R 4 p 4 p 4 p 4
1st shuttle C 4
2nd shuttle R 6 +(last p of prev ring) 4 p 4 p 6
1st shuttle C 4
2nd shuttle R 4 +(last p of prev ring) 4 p 4 p 4
1st shuttle C 8
R. 4 +(next p on shamrock) 4
C 6 p 6
R4 +(next p on shamrock) 4 +(p on next shamrock) 4
C 6 p 6
R 4 +(next p on shamrock) 4
C. 8
2nd shuttle R 4 p 4 p 4 p 4
1st shuttle C 4
2nd shuttle R 6 +(last p of prev ring) 4 p 4 p 6
1st shuttle C 4
2nd shuttle R 4 +(last p of prev ring) 4 p 4 p 4
1st shuttle C 8
R 4 +(next pon shamrock) 4
C 6 p 6*
Start tatting from * to * to finish 2nd half.

Please note that I made the same mistake on both Squares.  There are a few sections where I tatted 4 p 4 p 4 instead of 6 p 6.  It's the same stitch count but and extra picot. The 2nd square will join to the 1st square at the 2nd picot on the smaller outside rings.  See the pic if this is confusing.

Cheers

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Lucky Love Heart

I've been on a streak of shamrock tatting lately.  This new pattern seemed like an obvious next step.

Lucky Love Heart by Vicki Clarke 2021

Black thread
Gold thread
Green thread
Same terms as yesterday


Start by tatting the Lucky Pair pattern from my previous post.  Hide ends.

Wind 2 yards of black thread on shuttle.
Needle tatters normal tail

R. 4 +(left p on 2nd leaf on R shamrock) 4
C. 5 p 5 p 5
R  4 +(next p on 2nd leaf on R shamrock) 4
C  5 p 5 p 5 p 5
R. 4 +(between chains on 3rd leaf on R shamrock) 4
C. 5 p 5 p 5 p 5
R. 6 p 2
R  2 +(previous p) 6 +(p on small ring between shamrocks) 6 p 
R  2 +(previous picot)
Mock Ring. 8 p 1  large picot 1 p 8
C. 5 p 5 p 5 p 5
R 4 +(between chains on 1st leaf on left shamrock) 4
C. 5 p 5 p 5 p 5
R  4 +(1st p on middle leaf on left shamrock) 4
C  5 p 5 p 5
R. 4 +(2nd p on middle leaf on left shamrock) 4. 
Hide ends

Change to gold thread

Wind 2 yards gold thread on shuttle
Needle tatters normal tail

C +(same picot as last join) 4
R. 4 +(between 2nd and 3rd leaf) 4
C. 4 p 4 lj(next p) 4 p 4 lj(2nd p on 1st leaf) 4 p 4
R. 4 +(between 1st and 2nd leaf on shamrock) 4
C. 4 lj (p on 2nd leaf) the
C. 4 p 4
R  4 +(above last ring) 4
C  4 p 4 p 4
R 4 +(p on next chain) 4 
C 4 p 4 lj (next p) 4 p 4
R. 4 +(next p) 4
C. 4 p 4 p 4
R. 4 +(above next R) 4
C 4 p 4, join to beginning
Cut and hide ends.


Monday, March 8, 2021

Lucky Pair Shamrock

Lucky Pair Shamrock
Vicki Clarke 2021

Terms:
R ring
C chain
lj lock join
vsp very small picot
p picot

Start by winding 2 yards on shuttle, do not cut ball thread.
Needle tatters normal tail
Model was done in size 20 Lizbeth thread

R  2 vsp 3 vsp 3 vsp 3 vsp 3 vsp 2
*C  6 p 4
R  4 +(p) 4
C  4 p 6 lj (vsp)*
Repeat from * to * ending the last chain at the base of the big ring.

Lock stitch chain 6

R 3 p 3

Lock stitch chain 6

R 2 vsp 3 vsp 3 vsp 3 vsp 3 vsp 2
C 6 p 4
R 4 +(p) 4
C 4 p 6 lj (vsp)
*C 6 p 4
R 4 p 4
C 4 p 6 lj (vsp)*
Repeat from * to * ending the last chain at the base of the big ring.
Cut and hide ends

Check in later this week for a 2nd pattern using these Shamrocks.

Cross stitch design for pillow in background is by Punker n punkin quilting.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Cardinal finished


I tatted this Cardinal a few weeks ago.  I've been debating how I will do the colors for its mate.  I'm thinking that I will use a caramel color and either add the red tinges to the wings afterwards with a marker or run a filament of red through the stitches.  I'm not sure.  The pattern is by Miranda Rensbergerand shared on her blog Tatting Fool.  The pattern is very fun and I have been planning on tatting it for the last year.  The goal is to put the Cardinals in a picture frame to hang in my kitchen.   

Monday, December 21, 2020

Lucky Star Fundraiser Pattern.

I have added a new pattern on Etsy called Lucky Star.  From now until Jan 1st the proceeds from the sales of this pattern will go to Lisa Greenlee Adams Go Fund Me page.  
Etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/914832238/lucky-star?ref=shop_home_active_1