I have encountered a vintage needlework series about which I know very little. It is the Dorothy Bradford Series. #14 of her series included tatting. But only a very few patterns are featured.
Page 6 fig 22 shows two variations of a simple edging. The tatted elements are a simple ring and chain or cloverleaf and chain repeat. What makes it different is that the rings on one side are joined to picots on a picot-edged ribbon. On the opposite side the chains join to the ribbon. So what you've got is an instant bookmark, ribbon down the middle and all ready for gift-giving.
Although printed in 1915, this book has timeless tatting patterns. Page 10 showcases a square doily for which the directions are given on page 9. With a little study this doily can be tatted in one pass, too.
I suggest that we exit the 4 ring center with a split ring then begin the chain which surrounds them, using SH2 to throw off the corner rings. The last corner ring can be a split ring also. Climb out into the 3rd ring of the 5 rings which make the next corners and continue the ring and chain repeat. The last chain of this row will need a very short split chain and then exit again with a split ring into the last row.
An easy piece, multiples could be joined together for larger doily, tablecloth of even a fashionable tatted vest.
Climb out http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art23958.asp
Tatted Split Ring http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art173899.asp
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