Georgia Seitz  Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles 1227 CR 1760 E Greenup IL 624283016 AKTATTER@aol.com  www.georgiaseitz.com 

I occasionally find a small element in someone's design that really inspires me. Such is the case with this square motif from Tatted Yoke No. 4 in Fifteen Tatted Yokes and Camisoles Finished on Satin, Book 9, by Anna Valeire, published by E. C. Spuehler in the early 1900s. I have used it in several bookmark patterns over the years and I never get tired of it. This is the first pattern I designed using the Valeire Square. It was the inspiration for all of the other patterns I've shared with you so far. I'm sure you've noticed the "family" resemblance. (GRIN) My instructions and diagram are found below. Please note that the rings produced in round one do not join to each other. An alligator join is used to climb from round 1 to round 2. In round 2, I used the lock join to join adjacent rings together, joining into the picot of both rings at the same time. The lock join is also used to join into the space at the base of the ring pairs of round 1. You'll need 3 completed Valeire Squares and additional thread in the same color and size loaded on two shuttles. I used Finca 16 perle cotton to produce a finished product that is 5 inches long and 1 3/4 inches wide. Just as in the other patterns, we'll connect the squares as we complete the outer round by joining into a center chain picot from two squares simultaneously. Notice that ALL rings in this round are 3333 and ALL chains are 222222. 


We begin in the same place as the ice cream cone and the cross. The two rings will join into the same center picot of the Vsquare, but they will not be joined to each other. As I mentioned when we did the cross together, these two rings must swing free of each other unless you wish to add additional stitches to the chains on either side of them. When you get to the ring that joins the Vsquares together, notice that this time I've used the R 3  3 + 3  3. (We used a different ring in the cross.)Continue up the side of the 2nd Vsquare. Notice that this square will not have any sets of double rings. You'll join this Vsquare to the next one and continue until you have duplicated the two rings sharing a picot of the Vsquare chain. Now we add the "cone" of the ice cream cone for an end and continue on around ending in another "cone" on the other end. 
Isn't it amazing what you can do with a favorite tatted element? Can you change these patterns just a bit to make a double decker ice cream cone? I hope you've enjoyed the patterns.
Many thanks to Eliz Davis in Arkansas aka "tatknot" for sharing her patterns with the class.