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Friday, 4 November 2016


I can't believe that I've had the joy to be nominated in the category of Best Blog to the 2016 Craftree Awards! Many many thanks to all Craftree members who voted for my blog, it's so kind of you!!

Voting close dicember 1st 2016, anyone can vote, not only members, please click the pic to follow the link:

Best Tatting Blog

Today's post is a gamble, I couldn't tat it again because I have no more balls of the same size at home, but wanted to share the pattern anyway, I'll appreciate any feedback.

  •  Xmas' balls, diameter is 4cm, mine is a glass ball
  • my thread is Finca light gold (Hilo Metalizado, 1000mts, Presencia Hilaturas), double strand, 35% Polyester and 65% Viscose, but I doubled it to make it thicker, it is like a size 40 thread.Update: size 20 thread
  • 2 shuttles (there are split rings and floating rings)
  •  (optional) a crochet hook or a needle to pass the thread inside picots
  • optional: beads. Not included here, but why not?
 Start with a ring:
R1: 3-3 , do not reverse work and tat 6 more rings; climb to the next round with a SR1: 3/3
Now you'd have a centre with 8 rings.

Climb with another SR2: 4-8/4-8
*[Chain Ch1: 9
Floating ring (with SH2) FR1: 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 (7picots)
Chain Ch2: 9
Ring R2: 8+4+4-8 (join to previous ring and to the next ring "R1" of the centre) ]**
Repeat 6 times from * to **,
then Chain Ch3: 9
Split chain SC1: 9
Climb to the next round with another SR3: 2-2-2-2 / 2-2-2-2
Now I have put a round of split rings all around the centre:
with SH1 split ring SR4: 2-2-2-2-2-2 / 2-2
SR5: 2-2-2 / 2-2-2
SR6: 2-2+2-2 / 2-2-2-2 (join to previous round to FRs)
SR7: 2-2-2 / 2-2-2
Repeat 5 times SR6 and SR7, then
(last joining SR with SH2, this can be tricky) SR8: {2-2 / 2-2+(join to previous round to FRs)2-2 [ring R3: 2-2-2+2-2-2 join to first SR4 ] then 2-2}

Climb to the last round with another SR3: 2-2-2 / 2-2-2
Chain Ch4: 9
Floating ring (with SH2) FR2: 9-9
Chain Ch5: 9
*[Ring R4: 2-2-2+2-2-2 join to next one of split rings like SR6
Chain Ch6: 9
Floating ring (with SH2) FR3: 9-9
Chain Ch6: 9]** repeat 5 times more,
Ring R4: 2-2-2+2-2-2 join to next one of split rings like SR6
then Chain Ch3: 9
Split chain SC1: 9
Climb to the top with another SR9: 9 / 9
Pass the thread inside each top picot of floating rings in last round and "dress" your xmas' ball, pulling gently the thread to close the rings together.
Updated to add one ring (in red)

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  1. Congratulations on your nomination! Thanks for the pattern.

    1. Thanks dear Jane, I must find another 4cm ball to try it again and to add beads!

  2. Awesome on your nomination!!! You do have a fabulous blog!! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!!! :)

    1. Thank you Sue!! Thanks for all your visits and smiling comments :)

  3. Gorgeous work! I love your blog.

  4. Oh my goodness! This is SO lovely! I must find some 4cm balls. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks a lot Michelle! Please tell me anything you would like changing, I must re-tat it myself

  5. Congratulations on your nomination, you have a great blog
    Thank you for sharing your pattern

  6. Wonderful and congratulations 😄💟😄you do such a wonderful job with everything and you are so helpful too love the pattern and ornament too. ❤️

  7. Huge congratulations & I hope to back to wish you when you win :-) Your posts are always inspiring with many tips and beauties :-)
    Beautiful ornamentation on the ornament !

  8. Congratulations, Ninetta! I've learned a great deal from your blog. Keep them coming.


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