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

Tatting with a Crochet Hook

Please compare the photo of a crochet designed for tatting with a regular crochet hook. The tatting crochet hool has a straight non-tapered shank similar to a tatting needle while a regular crochet hook has a tapered shank and often a wide spot for ease of handling in the center.

Tatting with a Crochet Hook Instructions from 1869 Godey's Lady Book
Vol. 78, page 271.

This page of patterns was rescued from obscurity by Rebecca Hollenbaugh, former editor of Old Time Crochet

And these instructions were typed and the scans of the diagrams made usable by Tammy Rodgers. Many thanks for all your help!

"Tat over the crochet hook, instead of over the thread with a shuttle. For the scallops
represented in Fig. 1, work 12 double knots, and between each scallop work 5 chain;

The double knots are worked over the hook in the same manner as with a shuttle over the thread, and the latter is drawn through by the hook. For forming the left and right knots see Figs, 2 and 3; first the left knot Fit. 2.

While the hand is guiding the hook, the left lays the thread from the left toward the right to form a loop, so that the course of the thread is thrown towards the front, over the forefinger of the left hand, whence the loop slips down to the place where the chain has been previously worked. Fig. 3 represents the left knot up the hook, the thread drawn on, and the loop laid over the forefinger for the right knot, and ready to slip down the hook. Whilst the thread is thrown over towards the front in its course from the loop of the left knot, the latter runs down to the loop; the hook is so placed through, however, that is carring up the loop the thread runs between the front part of the loop and the hook. The left and right knots complete the double knot.

Having worked the number represented in Fig. 4, the thread must be carried by the hook through the knots; for this take the knots between the thumb and second finger of the left hand firmly, and draw the front loop lying on the hook through;

the thread goes in it with it double through the knots, and according to Fig. 5, forms a loop before the beginning of the knots, through which, as also shown in Fig. 5,

with the help of another thread put around, a loop is drawn, and the scallop is closed, as represented in Fig. 1, in a row of scallops separated by 5 chain. each scallop containing 12 double knots.

Border Tatted with a Crochet Hook

Materials,--Wool in two colors, bone hook suited to the size of the wool.

BERLIN, or thicker wool, may be used, according to the material to be trimmed. Our model is corn-flower blue and white Berlin wool. The pattern consists of reversed lines of closed scallops, containing 10 double knots; the scallops are separated by 3 chain.

1st row. 10 double knots close, 3 chain; this is repeated for the length required.

2d . The scallops of the separate rows are reversed; therefore begin the second row and all even with it as shown in the design with a double treble working through the upper middle of the first scallop. For the scallop work 4 double knots, * and the first half of a double knot; with the second half join to the first stitch of the 3 chain. The hook must be placed into the stitch

in the direction shown but the arrow; the wool is carried down in front of the hook, passed back under the hook, and then passed through the stitch just taken upon the hook. This forms the second half of the knot. Pass over 1 chain, and repeat from *, working, however, into the 3d, instead of the 1st stitch of the chain; 4 double knots, draw up the loop, 3 chain.

The mode of working crochet tatting is given in previous article."

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