Beginner Edgings

Simple Chain

The simplest edging you can make:
Work a chain, say, 5ds, p, 5ds (otherwise written 5 + 5).

As shown here, you can try out many variations.

In the same way that you join into a picot, work joining picots into the holes of a hem-stitched hanky. For the corners work a join nearer the corner and work a longer chain of 5 - 5 - 5 to go round it.

You could also make a small fabric bag for your tatting and decorate it with this chain edging. Make holes at half-inch intervals by using a stiletto like a Victorian lady, or a darning needle. The chain can then be joined into these holes. See picture with Beginner Butterfly Pattern.

Joined Rings

Ring:   3 - 3 - 3 - 3   RW leave ¼″ thread
*Ring:  3 + 3 - 3 - 3   RW     Repeat from *

Double Rings

Ring 1:  3 - 3 - 3 - 3   RW    (Reverse Work, i.e. turn work upside down)
Ring 2:  3 - 3 - 3 - 3   RW    (hyphen means picot, + means joining picot)
*Ring 3: 3 + 3 - 3 - 3   RW   (join to Ring 1)
Ring 4:  3 + 3 - 3 - 3   RW   (join to Ring 2)

Repeat from * and continue to work in zigzag fashion, leaving about 1/8" of thread between each ring.

Big and Little Rings

Small ring:  3 - 6 - 3, leave ¼″ thread
*Big ring:   3 + 3 -2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 3   (5 picots at the top),   leave ¼″ thread
Small ring:  3 + 6 - 3     Repeat from *

To fit round a corner, say on a hanky, do small ring, big ring, small ring
close together.

Ring and Chain

Ring 1:  3 - 3 - 3 - 3   RW   (Reverse Work, i.e. turn work upside down)
Ch 1:    3 - 3   RW   (hyphen means picot, + means joining picot)
*Ring 2: 3 + 3 - 3 - 3   RW
Ch 2:    3 - 3   RW
Repeat from *

Wiggly Chain

Starting Ring:  4 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 4   RW   (Reverse Work)
Chain:   2 - 2 - 2 - 4 + (to last picot of previous ring)   RW
*Chain:  2 - 2 - 2 - 4 + (to last picot of previous chain)   RW
Rep from * until long enough

 
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