As soon as you can tat a ring with picots, it's traditional to make
a butterfly. It consists of 4 rings, that's all. You can give them to
strangers you meet while tatting on-the-go, or stick them on cards and
Here we show different styles of writing patterns.
Fully descriptive style:
Ring A: 12 double stitches, small picot, 1 double stitch,
bigger picot, one double stitch, small picot,
12 double stitches, close ring.
Ring B: 7 double stitches, picot, 7 double stitches, close
Ring C: As ring B.
Ring D: As ring A.
Cut thread and tie to thread at beginning. Trim to form butterfly
Using standard abbreviations:
Ring A: 12ds, sm p, 1 ds, long p, 1 ds, sm p, 12ds, cl r.
Ring B: 7ds, long p, 7ds, cl r.
Ring C: As Ring B.
Ring D: As Ring A.
ds - double stitch, p - picot, sm p - small picot
cl r - close ring (this instruction is usually just assumed and not
The number of ds is indicated by the figure alone, and picots are
indicated by hyphens. Two hyphens, --, mean a long picot.
Ring A: 12-1--1-12
Ring B: 7-7
Ring C: 7-7
Ring D: 12-1--1-12.