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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

We call them nuts

I had a crazy idea in mind and started a little motif with my usual size 80 thread, but soon I realised that I'd had to switch to a bigger size! You know that I love tiny threads but those little nuts are quite indistinguishable from other elements, if you don't have a magnifying glass! They are those little bumps in the last round of the wheel  in the background in next picture.

I googled for the English name of that pile of stitches that are done in crochet, and I found that what in Italian we call "nocciolina", that is little nut (it doesn't mean the peanut in this case), it is known in English as popcorn stitch. After the title, if you were thinking of another kind of "nuts" in this blog, maybe you can be right too! 😂
So, my name for that is "tatting nuts" because I like nuts more than popcorn!

The tatted nut starts with a normal sized picot, in next pic I compared it with a treble tatting stitch that needs a very small picot (or a bare thread) to start with.
I used Cebelia DMC size 10 thread, so with this size I suggest that the very small picot would be the 1/8"  and the normal sized the 1/4" step.

Then, the tatted nut is:
- 1 treble tatting stitch (abbr. tds), followed by
- 3 second half of the treble tatting stitch

The second half of the tds starts just after the first treble tatting stitch, that is: 
Laying the picot across the ball thread, pull up a loop of thread through the same picot used to tat the first tds.
Then, take another loop of the ball thread and pull it through the previous loop.
Now slip the shuttle through the loop thus formed. Don't tighten it, yet.
Hold a loop of the core thread in the ring finger, then pass the shuttle from back to front, in space between core thread and loop, 3 times.
Tighten the ball thread and don't let the core thread slip out of place.
Then, pull the core thread.
Repeat the second half of the tds for 3 times, then, do not leave any space and tat at least one double stitch after the nut to let it pile up:
I like that new element and it can give more possibilities to create new designs 😉👍

Sometimes I feel that the treble tatting stitch hasn't been well accepted by all tatters yet, but there are little episodes that make my day, for example the other day one of my aunts (that really dislike tatting because it is simple - in her own words - and highly repetitive) has looked with admiration one of my edging featuring tds. 
Another great support for me is one comment I had some time ago, that I copy here again.

craftie sylvie left that comment on my post "tatting movements and stitches":

"I believe that knitting and crochet have remained so popular because they have kept evolving and re-inventing themselves. I first heard about tatting about 13 years ago; I worked on and off for several years, and became more serious about it some 4 years ago. I think the reason for that renewed interest in me was the fact that there are many techniques still unknown to me, and the idea that creative tatters keep on inventing others. I just LOVE learning new techniques! Knitting is just two sticks around which we wrap yarn, crochet is just a hook around which we wrap yarn, but I've been a knitter and a crocheter for 45 years and I'm still passionate about knitting and crochet because there are still new "things" to do. PLEASE, just go on creating. I believe creative designers are the reason why tatting is not lost, and I'm very grateful for that 😀💚💜 "

Thank you very much, Sylvie, re-reading your words I don't feel I'm a nut anymore 💕 😘!!!

Please refer to the page "Treble Tatting Stitch - Summary" - for any info about treble tatting stitches, thank you.



  1. Absolutely right, the craft needs to develop to remain relevant. There will always be ‘purists’ who want to stick to the basics and others who want to learn new techniques. Go nuts, I reckon!

  2. Oh, you are definitely nuts, and you make me one, too, dearest Nin! Keep 'em coming 🌰🌰🌰🌰 Love this new flavour 💗💗💗

    1. 'Nut' minds think alike, or something like that, maybe... c-) lol, thank you dear!

  3. Absolutely keep creating!!!! I love your work! I feel a bit nutty keeping at the core of my work: music into thread. Perhaps if I ever run out of ideas (guffawwwwww) I'll master the treble tatting stitch. Or if I need a break.
    Please keep working out your ideas. You express them clearly.

  4. Oooh, I like the new technique!! :)
    Such a pretty petal-like look from the picture. ;)

    1. Thank you Sue :X that's for your next design, then? I hope so ❤

  5. Awesomeness! Happy ti have something new to play with🎉🎉🎉 thank you!


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.