Wednesday, 9 September 2015

with a little help from Jon

Thank you very much, Jon!

I've followed her blog, full of beautiful tatting, free patterns and a lot of useful hints and clear photos. In may she posted about the vintage wheel and how she cleverly used a technique to tat the center ring. That is, the technique is a single shuttle loop-tatted ring, I haven't used it in my wheels, as you read in previous post.

But then I had to find a way to tat the half-wheels.

Aunt Priscilla said to tat a ring 1-2-2-2-2-2-2-3+2 (7 free picots) join to a middle picot of the insertion. Then leave bare thread (she didn't care too much of cutting and tie) and start the ring of 6+6 of the wheel, joining one of 7 picots of the center. You must close the half wheel with 7 little rings 6+6 and 7 larger rings of 4+2-2-2-2-2-4.

First problem: there are 4 picots in rings of the insertion to join to. Which is the middle one?
Second problem: first ring in the round is a 6+6, last it is a larger one, I can't see a way to tat continuously all wheels.
Third problem: if I used the same method used in the wheel to climb from center to little ring, I'd had to hide (where?) one end more.
Fourth: both in text and in the picture also little and large rings are joined to the previous row in a "middle" picot.

--> A solution for the third problem, a guess and a compromise.

Solution for the center ring came from Jon's blog:

A guess: what if I join 2 picots for each ring in the insertion? It seems it's working.

Compromise: I have to accept tatting each half-wheel separately, with one end to hide. One is better than two, this time.



  1. Yes, great way to approach this and some of the prettiest patterns have separate motifs in them and that just that :)

  2. I love the way the internet enables us to learn from each other! You're doing a good job in figuring this out.

  3. Can´t you do 2 half wheels in one pass? There will be one ¨ring leg¨ missing on each pair but I don´t think it´s such a big deal. The last ring of the half wheel is ring 15, make it a split ring, then climb out to the first ring of the next half wheel (ring 16, make it a sr too), then continue with sr to the next ring (ring 17) and then sr the center ring (ring 18). The continue working the half wheel as usual. Give me an email address and I'll send you a picture with numbers.

    1. Thank you Karen, that would be great, actually I saw your pic but still can't figure how to carry the 2nd thread from ring 3 to 15. I'll try it out, maybe your help will inspire a new pattern!


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