Workbasket Feb 1959 Cloverleaf Edging

Workbasket Feb 1959 Cloverleaf Edging
Workbasket Feb. 1959 Cloverleaf Scalloped Edging pg. 14
R = ring
CH = chain
- or p = picot
+ = join
rw = reverse work
RODS = reverse order double stitch
clr = close ring
sep = separated by

This easy pattern works up into a pointed scallop. It creates a straight edging but it is easily adapted to a curved edging. Please recall that when tatting it is the joined picots which have the most effect on a pattern.
Note the set of two single rings joined. If the joining or construction picot is the same size or slightly smaller than the decorative picots, this builds a natural curve into the lace. To keep the edging straight then make the joining picot slightly larger. This ease in the work allows it to curve gently.
Workbasket feb 1959 pg 14 cloverleaf scallop edging

The first line of directions reads:
R of 6 ds, 2 p sep by 6 ds, 5 ds, cl r rw.
The use of the term "sep" means separated by, as in make a ring of 6 ds with 2 picots separated by 6 ds, 6 ds, close ring and reverse work.
This can be written more simply:
R 6 - 6 - 6 clr rw.
This pattern will be written using this method.

Cloverleaf Scallop Edging

R 6 - 6 - 6 clr rw.
CH 5 - 5 rw
R 6 + (join to p of previous ring) 6 - 6 clr rw.
CH 5 - 5 - 5 rw
*R 6 + (join to p of previous ring) 6 - 6 - 6 clr rw
CH 6 rw

R 6 + (join to p of previous ring) 6 - 6 - 6 clr
Leave no space. Do not reverse work.
Repeat ring twice joining side picots. RW.
(Opposite side)
CH 6 rw
R 6 + (join to p of previous ring) 6 - 6 clr rw.
CH 5 + (join to last picot of adjacent chain) 5 - 5 rw
R 6 + (join to first free picot on last ring) 6 - 6 clr rw
CH 5 - 5 rw
R 6 + (join to p of previous ring) 6 - 6 clr rw.
CH 5 - 5 - 5 rw
Repeat for length needed.

Please note that in the beginning of the instructions the tatter is advised to tie the ball (or second shuttle) thread to the shuttle. It is not necessary to cut the thread after winding the shuttle, simply pick a spot and begin tatting. If the pattern is going to be long. Wind 2-3 shuttles first but do not cut free the last shuttle. This will save you at least one set of tails to hide.

If you are a new tatter, please note that any pattern which has both rings and chains in it means that you will need shuttle and ball thread or 2 or more shuttles. Needle tatters draw the thread from the ball as normal.

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