Annie Helling Tatted Edge
The Online Tatting Class recently had a discussion of the construction of the bracelet pattern shared by Dagmar Pezzuto last week. It was mentioned then that there was a time in the history of tatting that some tatters knew only how to make a ring. That was the stimulus for so many vintage patterns using just rings, hen and chicks, straight rings joined across the back (like a faux split ring chain.)
At the same time, there were also tatters who knew only how to tat chains. These called for some creativity in making designs. For instance, a chain may be folded back on itself to make a ring or a cloverleaf.
Design by Annie Helling uses both techniques without a real plan.
Begin with shuttle and ball thread, 2 shuttles or needle and ball thread. A. R 14 - 14 clr rw
The picot in this first ring will have three joins made to it, but keep the picot tight as you do not want a great gap to show.
B. CH 2 (- 2) x7 + (join to the picot of the first ring) dnrw.
C. R 2 + (join to last picot on the previous chain) (2 - ) x7, 4 clr.
D. R 4 + (join to the picot of the previous ring) ( - 2) x6 + join to the same spot of the left side ring clr.
E. 4 + (join to last p of previous ring) (2 - ) x6 + join.
F. CH (2 - ) x7, 2 +(join to base of initial ring, rw .
G. CH (2 - ) x9, rw.
H. R 8 + (join to the last picot of chain F) 8 clr leave no space dnrw.
I. CH 12 + (join to third to last picot of E), 4 - 12 + (join to base of ring.)
J. R 8 - 8 clr rw.
K. CH 2 + (join to picot of adjacent chain G (2 - ) x8, 2 rw.
Repeat pattern from A joining CH B to J and joining C to I.
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