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EJ Lavalle 1917 book, fig. 23

Another pattern from the 1917 book by E. J. Lavalle which looked rather ordinary or so I thought. It has a circle inside a square with rounded corners. The negative space between the two elements is filled with 4 sets of 4 rings. Looking closely at it, the ends are visible on the 4 sets of rings.

a design from the E.J. Lavalle 1917 book, fig. 23

This makes at least 5 sets of thread tails to hide. Hiding ends is not difficult but can be avoided using modern tatting techniques such as the self-closing mock ring and split ring. The following rewritten pattern uses the same double stitch count but changes the manner in which the elements are tatted.

Using two shuttles or needle and ball, begin with the first set of 4 rings which lead into the round center ring tatted as a self-closing mock ring.

*R 1 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 2 clr, leave no space.
R 1 + (join to previous ring) 3 - 3 - 3 - 2 clr, leave no space.
R 1 + (join to previous ring) 3 - 3 - 3 - 2 clr, leave no space.*
SR 5 + (join to first picot of first ring) 2 (join to first picot of second ring) 2 (join to first picot of third ring) / 5 clr, leave no space.
Begin SCMR with CH 12 dnrw, place a space holder for a later join.
*Begin second SCMR with CH 5, place a space holder for a later join.
Note this scmr will take the place of the first split ring in the first motif.
Repeat * - * for the second motif. When closed continue CH 5 and close again.
Continue the large scmr repeating twice more and securing the end to the start of the first scmr.
The outline is a long chain which joins to all the available freestanding picots of the inner motifs.
CH 4 - 3 - 4 + (join to freestanding picot) continue around.
Compress the chains to enhance the look of rounded corners.

Note: Split ring for the needle:
needle tatted split ring by G. Seitz

To make the split ring more clear, this model is wrapped with a second color thread on the "split" or wrapped side.

needle tatted self-closing mock ring (SCMR) by G. Seitz

The point of needle slides through the loop from right to left. Remove all slack. SCMR closed. Please keep in mind that nearly rings in needle tatted are scmr. The exception is the true ring.

needle tatted self-closing mock ring (SCMR) by G. Seitz

Sample of climbing out

Chains tatted as self-closing mock rings (SCMR)showing placement of space holders by G. Seitz

Compare this image to the vintage pattern illustration.
Chains tatted as self-closing mock rings (SCMR)with joins to space holders by G. Seitz

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E.J. Lavalle 1917 book, fig. 30 This pattern from the 1917 book by E. J. Lavalle looked like an autumn leaf or so I thought. Then it began to look like a moth, no, a leaf from a tulip tree, no a fan. OK. I don't know what to call it. But give it a try.

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