Half Flower Tatting Pattern

Half Flower Edge and Insertion

This lovely tatted edge and insertion can become the finishing touch for your new blouse or peasant skirt. Equally attractive when used separately. You will need one ball and a shuttle. For a fairly coarse edge use number 20 crochet cotton, or tatting cotton will make a dainty edge for handkerchiefs.

Abbreviations: R (ring); p (picot); cl r (close ring); ds (double stitch); ch (chain); sep (separated).

Edge: R of 2 ds, 10 p sep by 2 ds, 2 ds, cl r. Tie ball thread to shuttle thread, (ch 5 ds, p, 5 ds, turn. R of 3 ds, join to first free p of large r, 3 ds, cl r) 7 times. Turn, ch 5 ds, 5 p sep by 5 ds, 5 ds, turn. R of 2 ds, 10 p sep by 2 ds, 2 ds, cl r, turn. Ch 5 ds, join to p of fifth ch - lp made on previous flower, 5 ds, turn. R of 3 ds, join to first free p of last large r in same manner as for first flower. Repeat for length desired. Tie and cut thread.

Insertion: R of 2 ds, 5 p sep by 2 ds, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, cl r turn. Using ball and shuttle, (ch 5 ds, p,5 ds, turn. R of 3 ds, join to next free p of large r - the first p sep by 2 ds - 3 ds, cl r) 5 times. * Turn, make a large r of 5 ds, join to p of last ch made in previous flower, 5 ds, 5 p sep by 2 ds, 2 ds, cl r, turn. Ch 5 ds, join to p between ch-5 lps on large r of previous flower, 5 ds, turn. (R of 3 ds, join to next free p of last large r made, 3 ds, cl r, turn. Ch 5 ds, p, 5 ds, turn) 4 times. R of 3 ds, join to next free p of same large r, 3 ds, cl r. Repeat from * for length desired. Tie and cut.

Originally published in The Workbasket: Home and Needlecraft for Pleasure and Profit, September 1952, Volume 17, Number 12 by Modern Handcraft, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri.

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