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A pattern so easy, it's perfect for beginners in size 10 thread. The middle of the flower can be made either using a ring or a chain joined to itself, called a mock ring. Make the centre ring, then tat a chain around it making shuttle joins into the alternate picots. Finish off with a zigzag chain of 4 first half stitches followed by 4 second half stitches to make the tail and add a tassel for a quick and easy bookmark.
This is a very simple snowflake that is just a basic medallion with rings thrown off the top of the chains. It's one of 8 variations I did on the same basic idea. You need 2 shuttles to tat it so that you can make the rings at the top of the chains.
The next variation is a similar design with cloverleafs thrown off the top of the chains.
This snowflake places the cloverleaves on the inside of the snowflake which makes a large hole in the design so a large central ring is added to the design to hold it together. Use a split ring in the middle of the cloverleaf to climb into the first row, then use one shuttle to make the side ring on the left and the other shuttle to make the ring on the right.
Here is a design similar to the second one using only 2 rings off the top of the chains which made it ideal as a base a doily.
See the snowflake in the middle of the doily?
If you take a little time, you can figure out the whole pattern just from this beginning diagram.
Just to make another variation, this snowflake alternates a single ring with a cloverleaf on the top of the chain, which gives the motif almost a triangular shape.
All of the variations are shown in the picture above and from the patterns already given, you can figure out the whole set. A lot of designing is just starting with one basic design and just changing it, one detail at a time.
These beaded hearts make cute earrings and take about a yard of size 20 thread to make each one. Load 21 beads and the earring hook onto the thread and wind 2 shuttles CTM with the beads in the middle. Start the first ring with 6 beads in the ring. (The rest of the beads are on the chain thread.) Tat 6 ds and slide all 6 beads into the picot leave a little extra thread in the picot for the joins tat 6 ds and close the ring. Tat the chain sliding each bead into place. On the second ring join into the picot with all the beads leaving 1 bead between the first and second ring. Tat the next chain sliding beads into place. Tat the next ring again leaving one bead between the rings when making the join. Switch shuttles to make the outward ring at the base of the heart, remembering to put 1 bead into the ring. Proceed around the heart ending with 2 beads and the earring hook between the first and last ring. If you use 5 beads in the centre, the hook won't lay as neatly as it does when you use 6 beads. Depending on the type of hook used it may be easier to just slip the ring of the hook over the thread after the earrings are completed.
This is my favourite edging that works for all kinds of projects. It flows neatly around corners when the flower is straddled on each side of the corner. Some edgings leave corners looking like they were chopped off, but this one elegantly fills out the space.
Snowflakes are great for practice, fun to tat and make useful ornaments and gifts. Done in colours the can adorn any garment to dress it up and make it unique.
This simple heart design is another variation of the Basic Snowflake, just tweaked to turn it into a heart.
A single daisy becomes a row tatted with split rings. Surround each daisy with another row to make a row of blossoms. Add a row of green chains and rings for leaves and you have a lovely floral bookmark.
Here's another snowflake that just fell off the shuttles. It starts with a basic 6 ring daisy and requires 2 shuttles. It uses 2 split rings to climb from the daisy into the second row, but other than that it's all just ring and chain. For anyone who doesn't know how to do split rings you can complete the daisy and cut the thread, then start again with ring "G" as a normal ring and just follow the pattern. There are normal joins from the rings on the second row to the top of the daisy petals and shuttle joins (lock joins) where the chains join to the tops of the daisy petals. There is 1 stitch which is easy to miss going from one petal to the next. So it's shuttle join on one petal, 1 stitch and then shuttle join on the next petal. The outer chains on row 3 are broken up with a ring and then a chain joined to the tip of the ring.
Another snowflake with a more elaborate design done in 3 rows which makes it large enough for a coaster or a small doily when worked in size 20 thread.
This pattern worked in size 20 thread is about 3 inches across from point to point. It starts with a central ring and a split ring to climb out into the first round of single shuttle rings and uses 3 seed beads as spacers on the bare thread. The whole design takes 204 beads so it's easier to put the beads for the first round plus the 12 used in between the large and small rings of round 2 on one shuttle and the remainder on the second shuttle. That works out to 81 beads on shuttle 1 and 123 on shuttle 2. You can work with all but 15 beads on one shuttle, but then it becomes hard to manage.

Complete round one with 3 beads from the second shuttle and end off with a split ring. Then begin the next round with a large split ring loaded with 5 beads. The picot on the split side of the ring will be used to hold the 2 sides of the points together.

There are 2 beads between the large and small split rings, one from each shuttle and 2 beads on the outer side of the small ring. After the first small ring, there are 3 beads that make the outer point of the motif. The second side of the point is a mirror image of the first side. The large rings are joined to one another on the split side of the rings.

The join to the outward facing ring of the first round is not a shuttle join. Switch shuttles to make the join. Leave 3 beads in the middle of the chain and finish by joining to the next outward facing ring. Repeat until all of the points are completed.
This bookmark has a base of four ring motifs surrounded by a row of ring and chain. The tail with the tassel utilizes a lock chain that makes the chain straight instead of curved and alternates the colour of the thread. The tail is broken up by some 4 ring motifs for additional interest. Solid and variegated colours easily make this a bold masculine design or a softer feminine one.
This bookmark was created with 3 different tails so that more than one place could be marked in a Bible. The outer edges are rows of cloverleaves and chains where the rings are solid colours and the chains are variegated. The central row of split rings are also done with variegated thread which continues to form one of the tails. The other 2 tails of split rings are done in solid colour thread.
A cross bookmark with a 4 ring centre motif formed by rings off the top of the chains in the middle of the cross.
An experienced tatter probably doesn't need anything more than the diagram, but some people might find a little more instructions helpful especially with the shaping of a 3D object. The first 3 rings at the toe all join into the picot of the first ring and when you are finishing and inserting the paperclip blade, that's where the paperclip is inserted, so make sure the picot isn't too small I used all same size picots. The three rings at the heel are made the same way, so make sure that picot isn't tiny either. Then when you make the second side of the sole of the skate the rings are joined to the matching ring on the first side. End with a shuttle join, and split ring to climb into the second row.

On the second row join each ring into the base of the ring on the first row. End with a shuttle join and split ring to climb into the third row.

The third row shapes the top of the foot. After the split ring, (no chain) tat another ring joining it to the base of the ring at the tip of the toe, then tat a third ring joining it to the base of the next ring. Think of it like a clover leaf. Then tat a chain of 2 and one ring joined to the base of the ring on one side of the foot and switch shuttles to tat the ring on the other side of the foot. Chain 2 and tat the next pair of rings, one on the left and one on the right. Then chain 2 and continue tatting ring and chain around the top of the shoe finishing with chain 2 shuttle joined between the last pair of left and right rings.

Row 4 begins the boot with a split ring. This split ring marked with an asterisk is the new front of the boot. Chain 2 and tat the next ring joining it to the base of the ring along the side of the boot. continue working around the boot ending with chain 2 shuttle joined into the top of the front ring. You should have 10 rings and 10 chains.

Row 5 and 6 begin with a split ring and are just a repeat of rings joined to the base of the ring on the previous row and chains. Make sure that you have 10 rings and chains on both rows.

Finish by breaking off the excess part of the paper clip and insert the remaining overlapping section one end in front and one end in back. Then use a strand of contrasting thread and lace up the front of the boot and tie a tiny bow at the top. Repeat for the second boot and tat a chain of about 30 stitches to join the two skates together.
This cheerful bunch of crocuses are easy to make using size 20 thread. It starts with a central ring with 4 picots and ends with a mock picot and reverse work into another small ring. Then it's just ring and chain up one side of the petal and back down to the starting mock picot where you shuttle join to finish the petal.
Here is an individual petal and the fully formed crocus. Add some stamens attached to a wire inserted through the central ring at the base of the flower. The matching leaf can be have a wire run through the centre or you can stiffen it with white glue mixed with water.






This pattern measures approximately 3 inches across made in size 8 DMC perle cotton. It uses columns of rings of diminishing size to make the shaping of the shell The rings of the columns are tatted in white and the chains are tatted in pink. Beginning where indicated the rings are 6-6-6-6 and then 5-5-5-5, followed by 4-4-4-4 etc. Each ring is joined to the ring beside it except for the ring at the bottom of the column which is 1-1. The chains along each side also diminish in length until the stitch count at the lower end of each column is 1 between rings and picots. Since the short lines for the picots and the 1 of the stitch count is easily confused the majority of the diagram has been done in grey and the numbers are shown in black. At the bottom of each column there is a short loop of chain which is joined to the chains of the preceding column and also to the bottom section.

Starting at one side tat the rings and chains of the first column. At the bottom make the chain loop and shuttle join into the tiny 1-1 ring at the bottom. Continue the chains up the second side of the column making shuttle joins into the picot at the tip of each ring. Extend the chain tatting 2-2-2-2, then reverse work and tat the top ring on the second column 7-7-7-7 which is a larger ring than the top of the first column.. Reverse work again and tat the next chain making joins to the picots of the chains of the first column. Note that although there are chains on the left and the right, there is only one set of numbers shown. The stitch count is the same on both sides and one set of numbers has been omitted so that the diagram is less confusing. Proceed to tat the second column of rings and chains and note that the chain loop at the bottom is slightly longer than the first one and it is joined on the side to the first loop. Tat up the side of the second column shuttle joining into the tips of the rings. At the top of the column again extend the chain 2-2-2-2 and reverse work to tat the first ring of the third column 8-8-8-8 which is larger than the top ring of the 2 previous columns.

Tat each column in the same manner. Columns 3 and 4 are identical. Column 5 is one ring shorter and Column 6 is 2 rings shorter than the middle columns. When the body of the shell has been completed, join the last chain to the tip of the ring and then turn the work around so that you can tat a second row of chains joining into the picots of the chains along the side of the outer column and in the picot on the chain loop at the bottom of the first column and the side picot of the chain loop on the second column. Note in the diagram that the 2 rings in the bottom corners are shaded. These rings are pink and surrounded with a triangle of pink chains. You will also notice that some of the chains and picots in this section are shown in black instead of grey. These are the chains that are tatted with white thread.

Chain 8 on first side of the pink triangle, switch shuttles and chain 1 stitch in white to form the corner of the triangle. With the pink shuttle tat the corner ring, switch shuttles and tat the second side of the triangle. Switch shuttles chain 1 white stitch. Switch shuttles, make a very, very tiny, almost invisible picot, chain 4 stitches and join to the tip of the pink ring. Chain 4 and join to the bottom picot of the chain loop on the second column. Chain 8 and join to the nearly invisible picot. Switch shuttles make another nearly invisible picot and chain 8 in white join to the bottom picot on the chain loop at the bottom of the second column. Switch shuttles and chain 8 in pink joining to the nearly invisible picot. Continue working up and down joining into the bottom picot of each chain loop and into the tiny picot at the base of the preceding chain.

The first chain of the second corner triangle is a split chain joined to the bottom picot of the chain loop on the last column. Then tat the bottom of the triangle. Switch shuttles and chain 1 white stitch. Tat the ring in pink joining it to the picot in the middle of the split chain. Chain 8 and join to the side of the last chain loop. The stitch count is the same for both outer rows of chain. Continue up the outside of the column and finish at the starting ring.

The finished piece will cup like a shell and may be stiffened to use as a small container or you can block it out flat.