Snowflake Workbasket May 1953
Many tatters take time during the summer months to begin tatted tree ornaments for the holidays. Snowflakes and stars are always popular. They can be tatted in a short time and decorated easily with beads, charms and glittery dangles. White has ever been the favorite color choice for these ornaments. With so many bright colors and metallic threads available today we ought to take advantage of them.
If you are traveling, a simple ring and chain repeat pattern is a perfect one to take with you. With or without beads this vintage pattern would be great to try.
Abbreviations: R = ring, CH = chain, # = DS, p or - = picot, clr = close ring, rw = reverse work, dnrw = do not reverse work, + = join.
Using two shuttles or ball and needle, begin with the left hand ring of a trefoil on the outer point of the motif.
(Note: a three-ring tatted element is also called a "clover" or "cloverleaf" when the middle ring is larger than the two side rings. If the rings are all the same size, it is called a trefoil.)
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 clr dnrw, leave no bare thread space
*R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 clr dnrw, leave no bare thread space
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 clr rw
CH 8 - 8 rw
R 2 - 2 + (join to middle picot of the last ring of the previous trefoil) 2 - 2 clr dnrw, leave no bare thread space
Repeat from * for a total of 6 points.
Each chain joins at the middle picot. Last ring joins to the first ring at its middle picot. Secure ends.
As an aid to hiding the tails consider adding helping loops to the first chain and the last chain as you tat them. These helping loops are used to draw the tails into the chains and secure them.
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