Eliz's Maltese Pinwheel Snowflake Instructions

During our recent study of pearl tatting we encountered a very old diagram entitled "The Maltese Ring" in one of the antique Riego Books. Just as we used the split ring technique of encapsulating for split rings, hiding ends, and the pearl tatted chain, we can apply this wrapping technique to a ring. Eliz Davis had prepared this example of a maltese ring for the Snowflake for the month of February. Please take a moment to thank her for sharing : Tatknot@aol.com

Eliz's Maltese Pinwheel Snowflake
February 7, 2000

Load two shuttles. I used pink on shuttle one and white on shuttle 2. Load 6 seed beads on shuttle 2 and tie the two shuttles together.

Shuttle 1: R 4-1-1-1-1-4-4, rw.
*Chain 16, do not reverse work
Maltese Ring: Pearl tat in 2/2 repeats beginning and ending with shuttle 2 stitches and forming the ring with shuttle 2 for a final count of 14 outer picots/6 inner picots, R of 4bead4, 6 inner picots. Do not reverse work.
Chain 12, rw.
Shuttle 1: R 4+(join to prev ring skipping last picot as shown in picture)1-1-1-1-4-4, rw.*
Repeat from * to * for desired number of spokes.