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Friday 24 June 2016

interlocking since 1869

Well, not me, of course! Learn about it here

Rings has been interlocked by tatters for a long time, but I don't know when they started to interlock split rings. In case you have any info, please be so kind to leave me a comment, it's always nice to learn a bit of  tatting history.
I first discovered interlocking rings in 2010, when I found a page at, but it is no more available. About interlocking split rings in the way described here, like a watch chain, last year I found them by chance but then I learnt that I was re-discovering the wheel again... ha ha ha!!!

(UPDATE: The "Interlocking Split Rings" as an element in tatting was first introduced by Mrs Ruth Perry, in 1998 (different method but same result, two lines of split rings tatted at the same time, no bare thread between split rings). Read about it here:

There's really few differences between 3 methods I've learnt for tatting a soft chain mail of interlocking split rings.

They look all the same, don't they?
I used white thread in SH1 and yellow in SH2.

The method 1 in picture is showed in a video by Karen Cabrera (
frivolite-tatting lesson 78 - anillos divididos entrelazados - interlocking split rings 1
There's a bare yellow thread pointed by the blue arrow, that's because I prefer leaving a playing space for rings in the chain, on both threads, just my choice.
The SH1 shuttle passes through the loop only one time, from back to front.

The method 2 in picture is almost the same, but rings overlap differently.

As you see, now it's visible (? - at least I see it ^_^ )  a white bare thread.
I found this is easier for me, because I almost close the loop of the first SR, then first I put around the hand the loop for the second SR and then I close the first SR, leaving the second loop in position.
In this case I passed through the loop with SH1 shuttle, two times from front to back. 

The third method is very similar to what has been showed by Kathy Niklewicz for tatting her interlocking rings, here:
(The bare yellow thread again, like in method 1, but now there's also a white bare thread like in 2!)

This is my favourite method, in fact I can always forget to post the shuttle inside any loop before closing! Poor me, absent minded tatter!

Anyway, who cares the method, with a tiny metallic size 70 thread?

There are at least two other methods for the "tatted watch chain" that I love, even they are not interlocking split rings, but they looks really like that. One is a charming chainmail finger tatted by Teri Dusenbury, it is explained here: . Another clever chainmail was tatted by Jane McLellan, using one shuttle and only rings, here: .

You see, I didn't do much tatting lately, but I progress with the Bosa's lace, it's almost done!

UPDATE 10 FEB 2021: Barbara Arango posted a video in Facebook showing her way to do the interlocking split chain, I hope that this link will work: 


  1. Neat technique!! :)
    Beautiful lace!! :)

  2. A lot of information here Ninetta, thanks. It's funny how we think we're inventing something and then find it has been done for centuries! I love your lace, it looks fabulous.

  3. Thank you for sharing the various methods to produce this interlocking rings look. It has been very helpful.

    1. Thank you Eliz! I found a braid with interlocking split rings has been taught at Palmetto in 2005 by Gina Brummet. I don't know if the technique is older than that.

  4. Excellent !!! Love the last technique (minds do wander) ;-P
    Your Bosa's lace is exquisite !!!

    1. I have updated my post with this link :-)

    2. Thank you so much, you're always very supportive :)


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