Pattern by Susan Phillipo, April 2000

KEY:

 

R = ring

C = chain

P or p = picot

- = picot

+ or J = join

# = number of double stitches (DS or ds)

CL or cl = close ring

RW or rw = reverse work

DS or ds = Doublestitch

Pattern requires 1 tatting shuttle

BASE OF LILAC

Left Side:

R1: 1 (-1x15) 1; cl. Leave about inch of thread before beginning next ring.

R2: 2+1 (-1x14) 1; cl. Leave about inch of thread before beginning next ring.

R3: 2+1 (-1x13) 1; cl. Leave about inch of thread before beginning next ring.

R4: 2+1 (-1x12) 1; cl. Leave about inch of thread before beginning next ring.

R5: 2+1 (-1x11) 1; cl. Leave about inch of thread before beginning next ring.

R6: 2+1 (-1x10) 1; cl. Leave about inch of thread before beginning next ring.

At this point, the lilac looks like Figure 1:

 

Top:

R7: 2+1 (-1x9); cl. Do not leave any thread before next ring.

R8: 1+1 (-1x9); cl. Do not leave any thread before next ring.

R9: 1+1 (-1x9) 1; cl.

At this point, the lilac looks like Figure 2:

Right Side:

Join thread to thread between R6 + R7 (including join, leave inch thread before next ring).

R10: 2+1 (-1x10) 1; cl. Join thread to thread between R5 + R6 (including join, leave inch thread before next ring).

R11: 2+1 (-1x11) 1; cl. Join thread to thread between R4 + R5 (including join, leave inch thread before next ring).

R12: 2+1 (-1x12) 1; cl. Join thread to thread between R3 + R4 (including join, leave inch thread before next ring).

R13: 2+1 (-1x13) 1; cl. Join thread to thread between R2 + R3 (including join, leave inch thread before next ring).

R14: 2+1 (-1x14) 1; cl. Join thread to thread between R1 + R2 (including join, leave inch thread before next ring).

R15: 2+1 (-1x14) +1; cl.

At this point, the lilac looks like Figure 3:

3-D EMBELLISHMENT:

The 3-dimensional aspect is created by a series of small Josephine knots (ranging between 15 and 10 half stitches per Josephine knot) which are joined to the Base of the lilac. To begin, join thread to base of R1. Make a Josephine knot of 15 stitches, close and join thread to base of R2. Continue making Josephine knots and joining to the base of the lilac. When you are satisfied with the effect, tie and cut.

 

 

Figure 4 shows 3 Josephine knots completed.

Figure 5 shows 7 Josephine knots completed with the thread being looped to establish the base for the 8th Josephine knot.

Figure 6 shows the completed lilac flower.

NOTE: I find at least 3 rows of Josephine knots are required to give the proper effect.