Tatted Flying Ladybug

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Tatted Flying Ladybug

First off, please ignore the picots on the left side of the ladybug’s body. I lost my head for a minute and put them in. Force of habit, really…every chain has to have picots! They aren’t supposed to be there, and I just am not skilled enough with PhotoShop to take them out without making a big mess.

This little ladybug tats up really fast, and it’s fun to put together. Wouldn’t he be fun as a pin or a refrigerator magnet?

The challenge for this pattern is adding the beads. If putting a bead on a picot is new to you, I’ve written a short article about it that may help you.

This pattern is beginner level and uses one shuttle.

Printable pattern (125K. Opens a new window.)

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You will need:

Black and red tatting threads, size 20.
1 tatting shuttle
Size 15 or size 16 crochet hook for attaching beads
4mm black beads

ds double stitch R ring Ch chain
p picot j join lj lock join

Instructions:

Body

Use black thread

R: (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds, close, turn
*Ch: 10ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R, (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds, close, turn*
Repeat between * until a total of 5 R are complete
Ch: 10ds, turn
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R, 3ds p 3ds j to first p of first R, 3ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds, lj to base of first R
Ch: 12ds, lj to base of next R, sl
Ch: 16ds
Cut and tie to base of first R. The last two chains form the ladybug’s head.

Wing 1

Use red thread

R: (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds long p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: 8ds, turn
R: 3ds add bead to last p of prev R and lj, (4ds long p) 2 times, 3ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds, add bead to last p of prev R and lj
Ch: 8ds, add bead to center p of same R and lj
Ch: 10ds
Cut, leaving enough thread to easily tie a knot.

Wing 2

Use red thread

R: 3ds j to first p of first R in Wing 1, 3ds p 3ds long p 3ds, close, turn
Continue the remainder of the wing in the same manner as Wing 1
Cut, leaving enough thread to easily tie a knot.

Attach wings to body

Thread the shuttle thread of each wing through the center p of the wing’s first R. Tie to body at the base of the rings on either side of his head (see red dots on the visual pattern).

Tatting: Tatted flying ladybug body visual
Tatting: Tatted flying ladybug wings visual
Copyright 2008 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

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