I work my knots and rings very tightly so results may vary.
Step 1: What You Need and How to get Started
- 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 (http://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)