This is the step by step instructions for my previous Instructable "Bow Tatted Necklace".  I'm going to take the directions pretty slow so, if you are so inclined, the last step (step 10) will just be the abbreviated instructions.

I work my knots and rings very tightly so results may vary.

Step 1: What You Need and How to Get Started

Here is what you need to get going.

  • Crochet Thread (I use size 10)
  • Tatting Needle (or Shuttle, I use Size 5 Tatting Needle to correspond to the thread)
  • Beads (Mine were iridescent, size 6/0, amount will depend on how long the necklace is, I used 18)
  • Jump Rings (2 of them)
  • Clasp (1, I used a lobster clasp)
  • Needle Nose Pliers of some sort (not necessary, but they help with the jump rings)

I included my written directions that I wrote as I made up the pattern. This necklace is only my second time making it; I made the red one up as I went along. I actually changed one of the counts, but otherwise that written pattern is what I'm going to be describing here.

Okay, to start you need to know how to tat. I would suggest watching TotusMel's video (https://www.instructables.com/id/Learn-Needle-Tatting-1/), that is how I learned.

(I think you will need about a 90 inch tail, but that is just an estimation based on what I used for mine.)

Now that you know how to tat, you start with a basic ring which is 6 stitches. Tat a ring of 6 double stitches and then close it and tie a knot.

*The instructions to follow will show you how to use beads that you add on after you have started, if you would like to do the bead work like in the intro step photos, you will need to put your beads on before you start and keep them by the ball. Then, when you finish the 10 stitches and where you would normally add a bead, bring 3 beads from the ball and treat them like a picot.

R 6 cl k.
(k=knot, since we are not always going to knot it when we close)

<p>GORGEOUS! And only for the patient and perservering! Hats off to you!!!</p>
<p>Thank you :)</p>
Very pretty...had never heard of this until I read your interview!
Awesome work!! Necklace is beautiful!
Thank you! It was lots of fun to make!
Wonderful work. Congratulations.
Thank you!
I love this technique! I hope to try my hand at it this winter. Thanks for sharing.
Please do!
While I don't have the right needle (guess I'll have to find and get one.lol) , I gave it a try.<br> Neat!! I can see possibilities in using this with beading. :) :)<br> Thank you for sharing.
Yeah, I first tried doing this with a regular needle and learned that wasn't going to work at all. I hope you had more luck! You can get them online at Amazon or Walmart, or I have seen that Joann Fabrics carries them in stores now. And I have seen some people go crazy with beading and tatting! I definitely want to see what you come up with if you have the chance to give it a try!
Looks great, I like the colours.
Thank you. I liked that tread too and finally found the perfect project to use it with.

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