Basic Tatting Lessons
Your right hand and the shuttle have returned to their starting positions.Let the shuttle thread sag in a U below the shuttle or use the little finger of your left hand to pull the shuttle thread out of your way to the right. [See Figure 6] Pass the shuttle over the hand thread in the same space you used before, between your left forefinger and middle finger. Bring the shuttle under the hand thread, coming out through the U. [See Figure 7]
As you move the shuttle back toward your right, flip the stitch, just as you did before, so that the hand thread loops around the shuttle thread. As you tighten the second half of the stitch, move it close to the first half until thay are side by side. You've now completed one ds.
If any parts of your ds do not "flip" correctly, you will not be able to close your tatted ring. When you are learning to tat, you should check to see that your stitches will slide after each ds. If a stitch does not slide, you will need to unpick the knot and try that part of the stitch again.
As you make more ds, you'll find that your hand thread gets too short to handle easily. To lenghten it, hold the stitches you've made and slowly pull on the bottom part of the hand thread to enlarge the loop.
by a P or a dash (-) in patterns)
The larger the space you leave, the larger the picot. With practice you'll be able to gauge the distance needed between your ds in order to produce consistently-sized picots.
Recall: If any parts of your ds do not "flip" correctly, you will not be able to close your tatted ring. When you are learning to tat, you should check to see that your stitches will slide after each ds. If a stitch does not slide, you will need to unpick the knot and try that part of the stitch again.
(shown as CH or
C in patterns)
While you're learning to tat, it will help to have a different color for your second thread. For more complex patterns, the second thread will need to be wound onto a shuttle (see the photo). For the present you can leave it on the ball.
The ds and picots on chains are made exactly the same way as they are on rings. However, the hand thread for chains does not form a complete circle around your left hand. Pick up the ball thread and put it over your left hand and fingers as if you were going to make a ring, but don't make a full circle with it. Wind it a couple of times around around either your ring finger or little finger - whichever is more comfortable for you. Let the end of the thread, still attached to the ball, hang free. You will have an arch of thread over the top of your hand. [See figure 10]
Begin to make the ds. If you are doing the "flip" correctly, the chain will be made of stitches in the color of your ball thread. (see figure 11) When you have made the necessary number of ds and/or picots for your chain, simply slide the stitches closely together to make a curved chain or slide the stitches loosely together to make a fairly straight chain - there is nothing to close as there is in a ring.