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Monday, 30 November 2015

romper suits for ball

What to do with a lot of gold metallic thread, just a month before Christmas?

I bought some little plastic balls last year, circumference is 9cm. They can be covered, but covering balls is not such a plain job, not at all.
Actually, looking in internet, there's a lot of beautiful images of covered Christmas balls, the most of these are made using edgings' patterns and flowers up and down, connected with bare thread. Very pretty! Then, they are 3 tatted parts, one of these is the right length edging that fits the circumference. Simple? So-so.

As I'm lazy, I prefer choosing a little motif, like a snowflake or a square and changing it to make it cup. I like the fact that in the end the tatting literally dresses the ball, as though it was a romper suit. One of my favourite patterns is by Jane ( : "Easy Christmas Bauble" in her pattern links list.

I came to 2 different easy patterns that fit my little balls.

The first pattern (left ball in my hand) it is like the "magic square", but I made a cupped triangle, instead.

Thread in next picture it is the metallic gold Finca and a size 80 green cotton, wound together, they are like a size 50 thread. Those white in the picture, they are tatted with the gold metallic Finca and a size 70 white thread, that resulted in a wee bit thicker thread, but there was no need to change the stitches' count.

Starting from the outer side of the motif, it helps the closure at the end.
Rings are all 8-8, except the 3 ones that will be in the centre of the motif (bottom of the ball), these are 4-4. "SS" means switch shuttles.
Pattern for the "magic triangle":
*[ R1: 8-8
R2: 8+8 (join to R1); SS
R3: 8-8
R4: 8+8 (join to R3); SS
R5: 4-4; SS
R6: 8+8 (join to R3); SS
R7: 8-8
Ch4:8+8 (join to Ch1)
R8:  8+8 (join to R7);
Ch5: 6-2-2-6 ] **
Repeat 2 times from * to **,
- joining next Ch2 to previous Ch3,
- joining next Ch4 to previous Ch1,
- and R5 joined to previous R5.
In the third repetition, R7 and R8 are joined to the very first R1. Cut and tie after the third Ch5.



  1. They are beautiful, and glad you went over it, I have yet to cover a Christmas ornament with tatting :) I have done Easter eggs but not Christmas :)

    1. Thank you, and I've never covered eggs with tatting!

  2. Thanks for the mention, you made my day! And thanks for the pattern. I'll have to try it. I think I might still have some baubles lurking. Oh, and I love the image of rompers suits!

  3. I think we call them Jumpers here in Canada. I love it and your explanation.

    1. Thank you Bernice. We call them "tutina" in italian and googled for images and found also jumpsuits. Interesting.

  4. I think we call them Jumpers here in Canada. I love it and your explanation.

  5. Very pretty they look fiddly but very effective

    1. Thanks, ok I admit, it is as fiddly as the magic square, or as easy as it is!

  6. Replies
    1. .... but will it be a "romp" in the park .. will have to see
      (added this for your English-learning taste buds :-D)

    2. Mmm... I'm still lost "in the park" (?) but if you meant about the same as Margaret, I reply you can do everything magic.


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