11460 Via Appia
Anchorage Alaska 99515-2905 USA
Lily Morales, who just published her first book of tatting patterns, "A Labor of Love", shares this bridal garter pattern with the online tatting class. It was inspired by the work of Ann Wilson. Many thanks
Note that all “-“ indicate measured picot (for size 10 thread, ¼ inch, open) and all “=” indicate a structural picot (very small picot only large enough to be used for a join later).Ring A: 5 ± ( D5 or G7 )1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 5.
Lily writes:"Note that the top two rounds of the garter (Garter Insertion) were made with size 30 Cebelia, however the bottom round (ruffle) is made with size 20, to make it ruffle just a bit.
My sister decided that a doily would not work in her bouquet (as a base), because it will be a spray, and have some flowers/greenery hanging down, so it wouldn't show. She thought (at my suggestion) that a bit of yardage would look better, integrated into the bouquet. So I decided to make a little insertion. But I couldn't decide which way I should join the edgings to make the insertion. First I tried it Rings To Rings, like the Garter Insertion, but then I decided to try it Chains To Chains, like the bottom round of the Garter, and let her choose between the two. As I was designing that turn at the end, to go back and finish the other side, I realized it would take only one more cloverleaf to make a square motif. So I made a square motif.
In the Chains To Chains and in the square motif, I had to eliminate some of the picots at the bottoms of the side rings. I also had to alter the stitch count in the chains, on the turns of both the Rings To Rings AND the Chains To Chains.
I will try to write up a pattern for the individual "bookmark" swatches. They are basically the same stitch-counts for the respective rings, but some picots had to be eliminated -- except on the ends of the Chains To Chains and the Square Motif, in which I changed the chains to 3+7=3. I made these swatches for my sister to choose which she wants in her bouquet (I need to make about a 1 yard length), but they will make nice bookmarks, too.