In the previous articles, we reviewed basic tatting elements. In your tatting, you will want to connect main elements together into a whole lace motif. Tatting is one of the oldest forms of lacemaking still in use today. To tat a certain pattern you need to count the number of elements in the pattern and the consequence of their joining . There are 4 kinds of joining elements.
Joining of the Rings by Coupling
Joining by coupling means that the element, in our case a ring, is joined with another ring by the coupling piko. We are tatting the 1st ring and the next ring until the joining piko. Next, we widen the working picot with the left hand to the size to let the shuttle go through it freely. Put the shuttle aside and take the crochet in your right hand. Drag a working picot through the joining piko of our first ring with a crochet. Take a shuttle, straighten the working picot and draw the shuttle through the picot from the right to the left. Finish the coupling with the reverse knot. Further, continue to tat the design according to the pattern.
Joining of the Rings by a Thread
The rings or other lace elements can be joined at some distance from each other with a thread. With such joining the rings or other elements remain movable along the joining thread. To make the rings joining with a tread, tat ring 1. Measure off the right piece of the thread and start tatting of the second ring. The sequence of the rings and the length of the threads between them are made according to the pattern.
Let’s study the example of lace made using the joining of the rings with a thread and a regular coupling.
1. Make ring 1 in the following way: 4p4p4p4. (all the other rings are made in the same way, except for ring 4. Ring 4 is made this way: 4p4p4p4p4p4).
2. Then at the distance of the thread ½” from the 1st ring, tat the 2nd one and join it with the first by the coupling method.
3. Turn the work and at the distance of 1/4” start tatting ring 3. After the 1st 4 knots, make a joining piko. Pull the working picot for that, and draw it with a crochet through the joining thread between the 1st and the 2nd rings. Make a regular coupling and continue to tat your ring.
4. Next we are tatting sequentially ring 4 (4p4p4p4p4p4) and ring 3, joining them in necessary spots with one another by the method of regular coupling. Turn the work.
5. With the distance of ¼” start tatting ring 6, after knot 4, tat a joining piko with ring 2 by the method of coupling. Then after making ring 6 until the end, join it with ring 5 in the following way. Thumbing the thread from the shuttle and pulling it with a crochet through the lower joining piko of ring 5. Move ring 6 to ring 5 at the distance of ¼”. Tighten the joining picot. Then put aside the 2nd part of the joining thread 1/4” with ring 7. Tat ring 7 and join it with the joining piko of ring 6.
6. Put aside the thread equal ½” and tat ring 8, joining it by the coupling method with ring 7.
7. Repeat everything from the paragraphs 2 to 5 until you get the desirable length of the lace.
Joining of the Rings by a Closed Motif
Joinings of the rings or other lace elements by a closed motif are made as follow: Separate tatted elements are joined between each other by a joining element. This method is great for tatting the motifs in the shape of flowers or squares, circles, hexagons.
Let’s study it using an example of a simple flower, consisting of 4 rings.
Tat 4 rings sequentially, joining them in the necessary spots by the method of regular coupling. This way you will proceed until the joining piko 4 of the ring with ring 1. Now we need to fold the motif in two, with the 1st ring lying under the 4th one, and the 2nd one is under the 3rd one. Pull the working thread into the piko of ring 1 and draw the shuttle into the created picot from the left to the right. Fix everything with the reverse knot, then finish tatting ring 4, tighten the picot and cut off the thread. Pull all the threads of the work together and tie with a Hercules knot. Our flower is done.
Joining of the rings by the Pulled Picot Method
To make this kind of joining you need to tat a ring, for example 10p10. Place the working thread along the ring, making a semicircle until the joining piko. Then take a crochet and pull top-down the picot from the working thread through the piko. Put the immovable part of the thread on the left hand and draw the shuttle down-top through the picot. Then tat the next ring.
We hope that the techniques of joining elements mentioned above will be interesting to you. Tatting will allow you to tat wonderful lace, the pattern of which you can create by yourself.