Tatted butterfly edging

Tatted butterfly edging

It’s been a crazy two months for us, and I just haven’t kept up on things.  Between Tat Days in Georgia, a funeral in Oregon, and putting up tomatoes, cucumbers, and grapes (LOTS of grapes), I’ve haven’t been able to work on the pattern.  Thankfully, things are beginning to settle back into the old pace and I’m catching up.  Life is looking normal again, whatever that actually is.

So, in spite of it being October, here’s September’s pattern!

When we went to Oregon, we stayed with Bruce’s sister’s friends, who we really enjoyed.  They were so kind and so much fun!  I decided I wanted to send a gift to them, so I designed this edging to go around a small cotton doily.  It’s not quite done, but I have enough done now that I can send the pattern on to you.

There is an optional join in this design.  I had originally included this join, but if you look at my tatting, you’ll see that I forgot to put it in the first time I tatted the design.  I did another repeat of the design and included it there.  I like it both ways, so I changed the pattern to describe it both ways.  If you include the join, the curve of the edging is much stronger, so depending on what you’re going to use the edging for, you can decide whether you want to make the join.

I used Lizbeth Blue Ice Color 163 Size 20 and Girly Girl Color 174 Size 20 thread.  I was hoping the blue ice would make it look more like the butterflies’ paths through the sky.

Printed pattern

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You will need:

Threads in your choice of color and size.
1 tatting shuttle or tatting needles

ds
p
j
double stitch
picot
join

Instructions:

The butterflies in this design come in three sizes, small (SM), medium (MD), and large (LG).  Here are the instructions for the three sizes, to which I will refer within the pattern instructions.

Large butterfly
R: 10ds j 10 ds close
R: 10ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 10ds, close
R: 10ds p (2ds p) 4 times, 10ds, close
R: 10ds p 10ds close

Medium butterfly
R: 7ds j 7ds close
R: 8ds p (1ds p) 4 times, 8ds, close
R: 8ds p (1ds p) 4 times, 8ds, close
R: 7ds p 7ds close

Small butterfly
R: 5ds j 5ds close
R: 6ds p (1ds p) 4 times, 6ds, close
R: 6ds p (1ds p) 4 times, 6ds, close
R: 5ds p 5ds close

There is a definite front and back side to this design.  At the end of each butterfly, tie the shuttle thread and the working thread in a knot on the back side.  Turn the butterfly so the front side faces you and pull the shuttle thread through the center of the butterfly.  Pass the shuttle through the loop and draw tight between the two larger rings.  Turn to the back side and tie the shuttle and working threads together again.  This brings the threads from the back of the butterfly to the front so you can begin stitching again.  When you tie the threads the second time, you will need to tie it once or twice, depending on what it takes to get the working thread facing the correct way for the next chain.

Edging

LG, work ties on the back
*Ch: 18ds, turn
MD work the join in the first R to the 4th p of the nearest R on the previous butterfly
Work ties on the back so that the chain faces the same direction as the previous Ch
Ch: 26ds, turn
LG work the join in the first R to the center p of the nearest R on the previous butterfly
Work ties on the back so that the chain faces the opposite direction as the previous Ch
Ch: 15ds p 23ds, turn
MD work the join in the first R to the last p of the nearest R on the previous butterfly
Work ties on the back so that the chain faces the opposite direction as the previous Ch
Ch: 24ds, turn
SM work the join in the first R to the 2nd p of the nearest R on the previous butterfly
Work ties on the back so that the chain faces the same direction as the previous Ch
Ch: 10ds, turn
SM work the join in the first R to the 4th p of the nearest R on the previous butterfly
Optional: join the 1st p in the first large R to the p of the next R on the previous MD butterfly
Work ties on the back so that the chain faces the opposite direction as the previous Ch
Ch: 14ds p 15ds, turn
LG work the join in the first R to the last p of the nearest R on the previous butterfly
Work ties on the back so that the chain faces the opposite direction as the previous Ch*

Repeat between * until the design reaches the length you want it to be.

You’ll notice in my photograph of the design that I’ve tied a bit of black thread to a few of the butterflies for antennae.  I thought I’d try it to see what it was like and I haven’t decided yet if I like it.  If you want to add it, run the thread from the back to the front through both of the large rings on each butterfly.  Tie in a knot and clip to the length you want.

Visual pattern: the red dot shows the starting butterfly, and the blue dot shows the end of the last chain in the design.  The green join is optional.

2016_09_butterflies_visual

Copyright 2016 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.

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