Sometimes called Cro-Tat, crochet-tatting uses a straight non-tapered shank similar to a tatting needle as opposed to a regular crochet hook which has a tapered shank and often a wide spot for ease of handling in the center. This type of faux tatting has enjoyed several revivals since it first was introduced. Double stitches are applied to the cro-tat hook by wrapping the thread in alternating directions. When sufficient double stitches are made they can be formed into a rings or a chain.
Most patterns use the crocheted chain between rings or elements, however, MaryM has posted a video which explains how to make a true chain.
For additional info please see "The History of Crochet-Tatting" by Helen Free
Book review for "la frivolite au crochet - Petits Cadeaux & Decoration" by Viviane Deroover. 2009 published by Editions Didier Carpenter. It has 64 pages, in French, HB, full color on all pages and cover, 110 projects.
This is a beautifully photographed book introducing the art of crochet-tatting. Step by step illustrations teach both the basics of crochet and crochet-tatting (cro-tat.) Two pages are devoted to showing the tools needed for cro-tatting as well as all the materials needed to complete the many projects offered. These projects range from clothing decorations, table linen embellishments, house hold decor ornaments, baby gifts to personalized invitations and greeting cards for all occasions.
The directions for the cro-tat patterns are very clear, however, there are no diagrams. These patterns are very simple and will be easily understood with the aid of an
Both shuttle and needle tatters will also find inspiration here. Many projects use the plastic creative button (in two sizes)and other objects, like cloth wrapped metal "frog" closures, key chains, purse tops, beads, buttons and cabone rings in both round and oval shapes. The projects for baby gifts and greeting cards were particularly charming and easy do-it-yourself projects.