Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles by
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June Snowflake of the Month by Kim Millar

Kim's Snowflake

I adapted this snowflake from the calyx (a cup shape with five leaves that the base of the rose sits in) I designed for my rose pattern. (See photo of Kim's Roses below.) It seemed easy to get the calyx pattern to be a cup shape, but it was far more difficult to make it flat. I had to take away a row or tatting and after a few adjustments in the number of double stitches it finally came together the way I wanted it to.

R = ring
Ch = chain
ds = double stitch
cl = close
rw = reverse work

Wind two shuttles using CTM.
1st Round:
# R of 7- 3 - 3 - 7 cl, rw.
CH 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 rw.
Repeat from # for a total of 6 rings, joining the rings together as per the diagram.

The last chain is a split-chain:
Make a ch of 4 ds, p, 4 ds, anchor the shuttle thread to the top of the first ring. Then work the split-chain back to the center with 4 ds, p, 4 ds. Make a mock picot.

2nd Round:
*CH 2 - 2 rw
R 3 + (join to p on chain) 3 - 3 - 3 cl, rw.
CH 5 - 5 do not rw.
SH2 R (This ring is made with shuttle 2 throwing it off the chain) 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 cl, do not rw.
CH 5 - 5 rw.
R 3 - 3 + (join to center p of adjacent ring) 3 + (join to p of chain) 3 cl, rw
CH 2 - 2 + (join to center p of chain)
Repeat from * for six points. Cut, tie and hide ends. Or leave the threads long and tie together for a hanger.

Beaded Version of Kim's Snowflake

You need 18 beads on shuttle 1 for the rings, and 54 beads on shuttle 2.

Tip: I always thread more beads on than I need just in case of problems. When I was working this snowflake, I found that my thread on shuttle 1 was running out and I still had three points left to finish. By using the shoestring trick and the extra beads that I had threaded on shuttle 2, I was able to complete the snowflake without having to add more thread and deal with extra ends.

Hope you enjoy the pattern as much as I did when making it up.

Good design, Kim, thanks for sharing with us.