Tatted Necklace

November 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Lace | Leave a comment
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Having the tatted earrings come out nicely, I had how to extend the idea to a matching necklace. So, after picking up a few more of the big beads and a steel wire necklace from the craft shop, I started playing with the pattern. Here’s the result:

Detail of Tatted Necklace

I put beads on every ring in the pattern again, and added the big beads in the middle on the steel wire. The tatted ornament is attached using picots in the right places, two next to each other. I put one of the smaller beads between each pair of picots on the wire. The pattern is not perfect, as it’s not easily lying flat, but it works, and I now have a documented starting point to play with.

The ornament is made with one shuttle and attached ball of yarn. You need 13 beads for the picots in the ornaments. Those need to go on the thread before winding it on the shuttle. While winding, distribute the beads on the shuttle, so they’re safely buried in there. This can be a bit tricky because it’s hard to estimate when you’ll need each bead, but for me it worked with just an additional bit of unwinding and rewinding.

In the instructions, the numbers mean double knots, “-” a picot, “+” attach to picot, “B” a picot with a bead. Be careful to put one bead on each ring before starting it.

Ring:  6-3 B 3-6
Chain: 4-2-4-2
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 2
Ring:  6+5 B 5-6
Chain: 2
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 2+4-2-6
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 8-2
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 2
Ring:  6+5 B 5-6
Chain: 2
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 2+8
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 6-2-4-2
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 2
Ring:  6+5 B 5-6
Chain: 2
Ring:  6+4 B 4-6
Chain: 2+4-2-4
Ring:  6-3 B 3-6

And here’s the completed necklace together with the earrings:

Tatted Earrings and Necklace

This was really fun, but if I want to continue playing with jewellery, I guess I’ll have to acquire an additional set of tools!

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