Introduction: How to Shuttle Tat
I have been tatting for over 20 years, I love it, yet I have been very reluctant to put down in writing how to do it. Yet when I look at other peoples tutorials, they seem to miss important parts that hung me up until I found someone to teach me. I have taught many people how to tat and I have several others who want to learn, but getting together has been the challenge. Tatting has been around for a little over 200 years. A lot of the best vintage patterns are found in women’s magazines dating from 1930’s and 40’s. Those patterns are beautiful and although I do a lot of vintage tatting, I rewrite their patterns and write my own patterns using more modern notations, because they are just easier to read. So here is my attempt at explaining how to shuttle tat.
Tatting Shuttle (plastic ones are about $2 each)
#10 crochet thread (please make your life easier and get thread that has a strong twist to it, without the twist the knots don’t slide well, and the better they slide the easier it is to tat)
First I will go through the terms you need to understand and then the instructions on how to do them. Second you need to practice, a lot.
Round- instead of rows
P= picot (or “-“on a pattern)
Ch = chain
Round = row
Connect picots = +
Round: tatting is done in rounds, going around the center of the design or motif