Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles by
Georgia Seitz
11460 Via Appia
Anchorage Alaska 99515-2905 USA

Mindy Al-Aaraji's Clover Motif ©2003

This motif has an Irish crochet four leaf clover center. It is crocheted with #60 thread and a size 14 steel hook. This motif is worked in 3 rounds, the first being the crocheted center, then the round of small clovers (in blue), followed by a round of larger clovers (in red).

All the tatted clovers are Directional Rings, as well as the small ring between the larger clovers (in the red section). The remaining rings, throughout the pattern, are split rings with the exception of the rings at the beginning of the round marked as ‘A’. These are worked with shuttle 1. All rounds are ended with a join to the beginning ring, between stitches.

For the complete version with crochet directions see Clover Motif.

Tatting Stitches

Ctm = continuous thread method
R = ring
ch = chain
j = join
dk = double knot
dr = directional ring
S1 = shuttle 1
S2 = shuttle 2
Sr or / = split ring
tw = turn work
cl.r = close ring
p = picot
lhk = lark’s head knot

Crochet Stitches
slst = slip st
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
ch = chain
CK = clones knot (directions)

Alternative Directions for the
Tatted Motif

(Note from AKTATTER: There is a manner of tatting which creates the chain by what some call the "direct method of tatting." I choose not to use that term to describe the action of the shuttle. For example, after the ring is closed and the chain ready to commence, the tatter WRAPS the shuttle thread over the SH2 or ball thread to form the DS in the manner of split ring formation, i.e.,encapsulation. Since there is no flip no transfer of the loop I do not call it "tatting." This is merely my personal preference.

The term "direct or directional tatting" is also used by many in the creation of tatted lace which has a definite front and back side. Here the order of stitches is reversed so that the second half stitch (2HS) is made first and the first half stitch (1HS) made second. One way to keep track of the ds tatted in this way is to count, "and one, and two," etc. so that you end with the correct half stitch. Another way is to commence the ring with a 2SH then work the number of ds required and finish the ring with 1HS.

"Direct Method" of tatting has also been used for decades to describe a method of shuttle tatting which does not use the transfer of the stitch but instead applies the half stitch directly to the shuttle thread. (See Rebecca Jones' "The Complete Book of Tatting" for descriptions of multiple tatting techniques.) This method is easiest understood if you consider how thread is made into a loop and wrapped upon a tatting needle to form ds on the carrying cord. In this style of "direct tatting", the loop is made large enough so that the shuttle can pass thru it (same as a tatting needle goes thru the loop)and the loop slides onto the ring/chain thread.)

There may also be applications for the self-closing mock ring in this pattern. Mindy, Bina and Wally are studying that aspect further. Again many thanks to Mindy for sharing her pattern with the class. Thanks to Bina for rewriting the tatting motif using this alternative method and thanks to Wally for the great diagram.

First Round


R A: S1 - 12 dk, cl r

SR B: 4 + (12 o'clock 1st crochet petal) 4
/ 4 [R C: 8 - 4 - 4]
[R D: 4 + (lppr) 6 - 6 - 4]
[R E: 4 + (lppr) 4 - 8] 4
SR F: 6 / 6
SR G: 8
/ 4 [R H: 8 + (p R E) 4 - 4]
[R I: 4 + (lppr) 6 - 6 - 4]
[R J: 4 + (lppr) 4 - 8] 4
SR K 6 / 6
Repeat rings B - K around joining last ring to first ring between ds 6 and 7 cut, tie and hide

Second Round
R A: 4 - 8 - 4
SR B: 5 - 5
/ 5 [R C: 5 + (lppr) 5 - 5 - 5]
[R D: 5 + (lppr) 6 + (p btw H & E prev Rd) 6 - 5]
[R E: 4 + (lppr) 5 - 5 - 5] 5
SR F: 4 - 4 / 4 + (last p R E) 4
SR G: 5 - 5
/ 5
[R H: 5 + (p R E) 3 + (p D prev Rd) 3 - 4] 4
SR I: 4 - 4/ 4 - 4
Repeat rings B - I around joining last ring to first ring between ds 4 and 5 cut, tie and hide

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