Dimpled Heart Edging
Until recently, my knowledge of the origin of the dimpled ring pattern was quite narrow. My introduction to that construction came from a book by Joy Botchlet, "Tatting Dimpled Rings." Later, the tattinggoddess, the Gina Brummet, shared her work using it with the Online Tatting Class and the dimpled ring is now often seen in many patterns.
I was working with my tatting books reference library trying to get books filed properly when I was attracted by the brightly colored cover of the American Thread Co. Star Book #147 (undated).
It has lovely lacy edgings on the front and back of covers of which two were tatted. The tatting patterns were in the back of the book. I admired them and was about to shelve the booklet when I glanced at other pages and spotted edging #4704.
The photo was a bit yellowed by age and rather fuzzy overall. It was a common repeating cloverleaf motif alternating with single rings. Hmm. The I saw it! A dimpled heart! I had to actually read the pattern slowly to be certain, but there is no doubt about it. Tatted dimpled hearts!
Modernized tatting directions for #4704
One or two shuttles, or one shuttle/needle and ball thread.
R = ring
CH = chain
p or - = picot
clr = close ring
rw = reverse work
dnrw = do not reverse work
+ = join
Begin with the individual small ring
A. R 9 - 5 - 5 - 9 clr rw
B. *CH 6 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 6 small p 8 rw
C. R 6 - 3 - 3 - 3 + (join to last picot of small ring) 3 - 1 small p 7 + (join to previous small picot) 1 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 6 clr dnrw
D. R 6 + (join to last picot of previous ring), 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 1 small p 9 + (join to previous small picot) 1 + 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 6 clr dnrw
E. R 6 + (join to last picot of small ring)3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 1 small p 7 + (join to previous small picot) 1 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 6 clr rw
F. CH 8 + (join to small picot on previous chain)6 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 6 rw
A. R 9, skip three picots on the last ring and + (join to the next p) 5 - 5 - 9 clr rw
Repeat from B *CH for length needed.
Note on the photo that the order of work is marked in green letters, A - F. On the three rings of the cloverleaf there are red "+" indicating joins. These join back to a picot of the same ring thus creating the dimple for the heart. It is helpful to hold the ring firmly when closing.
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