Tatted Hippie Flower

Tatted Hippie Flower

I was thinking the other day about adding quilting to my quilts that would look similar to tatting.  The idea intrigued me, so I started doodling.  One of my favorite quilting designs is a simple 5-petal flower that reminds me of the flowers I saw drawn everywhere in the 1960s.  I call them “hippie flowers”.  It didn’t take me long to come up with this little design.

This is quick to tat, easy, and fun.  I think it would make a cute addition to clothing, handbags, or other things.  It would also be fun to tat a 5-sided doily with it by adding picots at the apex of the outside chains, and joining the motifs there.  I haven’t tried putting it together to see if it would work, though.  It may not be as simple as I think.  Most things aren’t.

This design is beginner level and uses two shuttles. I used size 20 Lizbeth thread in white.

Printable pattern (Opens in new window.)

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You will need:

Thread in your choice of color and size
2 tatting shuttles

ds double stitch
p picot
j join
lj lock join

These tips may be useful when making this pattern:
How to avoid a twisted picot
How to make a lock join

Instructions:

This design works best if you wind both shuttles continuously. To do this, wind one shuttle, pull more thread from the ball, then cut the thread. Wind this other end of the thread on the second shuttle. Do not cut the thread again before you start tatting.

Round 1

R: (2ds p) 5 times, 2ds, close, turn
*Ch: 2ds p 2ds p 3ds. Do not turn.
Using second shuttle, R: (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds lp (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds, close, do not turn
R: 1ds j to last p of previous R, 1ds p 1ds lp (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds, close, do not turn
R: 1ds j to last p of previous R, 1ds p 1ds lp (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds, close, do not turn
Using first shuttle, Ch: 3ds p 2ds p 2ds, turn
R: 2ds p 2ds j to 4th p of first central R, (2ds p) 3 times, 2ds, close, turn*
Repeat between * until 4 central rings are complete.
Repeat once more except do the following for the last central ring.
R: 2ds p 2ds j to 4th p of previous central R, 2ds p 2ds j to 2nd p of first central ring, 2ds p 2ds, close, turn
Ch: 2ds p 2ds p 3ds. Do not turn.
Using second shuttle, R: (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds lp (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds, close, do not turn
R: 1ds j to last p of previous R, 1ds p 1ds lp (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds, close, do not turn
R: 1ds j to last p of previous R, 1ds p 1ds lp (1ds p) 2 times, 1ds, close, do not turn
Using first shuttle, Ch: 3ds p 2ds p 2ds
Tie to base of first central ring. Do not cut.

Round 2

Ch: 4ds p 40ds p 4ds, lj to base of next central R
Ch: 4ds j to last p of previous Ch, 40ds p 4ds, lj to base of next central R
Continue around until four chains are complete.
Ch: 4ds j to last p of previous Ch, 40ds j to first p of first Ch, 4ds
Cut and tie.

 

Tatted Hippie Flower visual pattern

 

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