Tatted box

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Tatted box

 

I took a much-needed break from designing over the holidays except for this little box.  I did post about it back in December, but I only had the lid done.  And now I finally have the whole thing done!  This was an interesting project for me to design. There’s so much more to think about when the item is 3-dimensional.

I started with my pattern, Tatted Sunshine Motif, for the first part of the lid and added a row of rings and chains for the side of it.  The bottom I tatted more densely than the lid so things wouldn’t fall through the box, and slightly smaller to make it fit under the lid.  Then I added two more rows of tatting for the side.  I tried to keep it fairly simple, mostly so I could get my head around it.

It’s big enough to be a ring box or for a little candy.

I hope you enjoy it!

Tatted Box

This is an experienced beginner pattern.

I used Lizbeth Blue Ice Color 163 Size 20. The box is approximately 2 inches in diameter (5 cm in diameter) when stitched with size 20 thread.

Printable pattern

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You will need:

Thread in your choice of color and size.
2 tatting shuttles or tatting needles

These articles may be helpful for working this pattern.
How to make a lock join
How to avoid a twisted picot

ds double stitch
p picot
j join
lj lock join

 

Instructions:

Lid row 1

Shuttle 1
R: (1ds p) 5 times, 1ds, close, turn
*Ch: 6ds, turn
R: 1ds p 1ds j to 4th p of previous R, (1ds p) 3 times, 1ds, close, turn
Shuttle 2
R: 6ds p 8ds p 6ds, close, do not turn
*Shuttle 1
Repeat between * until 7 of the small rings are complete.
Ch: 6ds, turn
R: 1ds p 1ds j to 4th p of previous R, 1ds p j to 2nd p of first small ring, 1ds p 1ds, close, turn
Using shuttle 2
R: 6ds p 8ds p 6ds, close, do not turn
Shuttle 1
Ch: 6ds, j to base of first small R, do not turn
Shuttle 2
R: 6ds p 8ds p 6ds, close, do not turn and do not cut the thread

Lid row 2

Shuttle 1
*Ch: 6ds, j to base of next rings of previous row
Ch: 6ds lj to first p of large R, (1ds p) 3 times, 1ds long p, (1ds p) 3 times, 1ds lj to last p of same R, 6ds, j to base of the same R*
Repeat around. Cut and tie.

Lid row 3 (side of the lid)

R: 6ds p 5ds j to center p of any Ch of previous row, 5ds p 6ds, close, turn
*Ch: 10ds, turn
R: 6ds j to last p of previous R, 10ds p 6ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds, turn
R: 6ds j to last p of previous R, 5ds j to center p of next Ch of previous row, 5ds p 6ds, close, turn*
Repeat until 15 rings have been completed.
Ch: 10ds, turn
R: 6ds j to last p of previous R, 10ds j to first p of first R in this row, 6ds, close, turn
Ch: 10ds.
Cut and tie.

Bottom row 1

R: 1ds p (2ds p) 7 times, 1ds (total of 8 picots), close. Cut and tie.  There’s probably a way to use one of the picots to “climb” to the next row, but I’m not certain how that’s done.  Considering all the tatting I’ve done over the years, I still have just a basic skill set.  I really ought to visit Georgia’s tatting lesson site more than I do.

Bottom row 2

*R: 5ds p 4ds p 4ds p 5ds, close, turn
Ch: 4ds j to a picot in row 1, 4ds, turn*
Repeat until you have 8 rings. Cut and tie.

Bottom row 3

R: 3ds j to 1st p of any R on previous row, 3ds p 3ds j to 3rd p of next R on previous row, 3ds, close, turn
*Ch: 3ds p 3ds lj to center p of next R on previous row, 3ds p 3ds, turn
R: 3ds j to 1st p of R on previous row, 3ds p 3ds j to 3rd p of next R on previous row, 3ds, close, turn*
Repeat around.
Cut and tie.

Bottom row 4 (side of the box)

R: 5ds p 4ds j to p on Ch of previous row, 4ds p 5ds, close, turn
*Ch: 4ds p 4ds, turn
R: 5ds j to last p of previous R, 4ds j to p on next Ch of previous row, 4ds p 5ds, close, turn*
Repeat around, joining the last p of the last R to the first p of the first R.
Cut and tie.

Bottom row 5 (side of the box)

R: 5ds p 10ds p 5ds, close, turn
*Ch: 4ds j to p of Ch on previous row, 4ds, turn
R: 5ds j to last p of previous R, 10ds p 5ds, turn*
Repeat around, joining the last p of the last R to the first p of the first R.
Cut and tie.

I don’t know the “best” way to stiffen tatting, so I picked what seemed sensible and was easy for me.  I used white glue that I’d mixed with water.  I dipped the tatting in it then stretched it over something round and plastic to dry.  Part of the challenge in making this was finding the right-sized things.  The lid fit perfectly over the top of a bottle of my herbs, and the bottom went around a toilet paper roll (I taped it with a layer of packing tape so the tatting wouldn’t stick).

This pattern is free, but in the future many of my patterns will be for sale to offset the cost of having this site.  I will still produce some free patterns, though.  And I do remember that I need to finish the triangle doily I was designing last year.  I haven’t forgotten!

Happy tatting!

Nancy

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