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Step 2: The First Half of the double stitch

1. While hanging on to the thread with your other three fingers, wrap the thread clockwise around the back of your index finger

2. Slide the needle under the thread up toward the tip of your finger. Remove finger and tighten the loop onto the needle. This is the first half of the ds
<p>my first ever attempt at tatting! Fantastic tutorial. Thank you so much </p>
<p>Hello From Denmark :)<br><br>I just learned about tatting a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to try, but wanted to try with the needle first. Maybe I will try the shutter as well at some point :) Anyway... I&acute;ve been looking for days, for videoes, sites and patterns for a total newbee.... And here you are :D This morning I tryed a pattern from what I had learned arround the internet. It was ok, but I was not completely satisfied with the result. then i stumbled uppon your site, and everything just fell into place, about the joining af the chains and rings, about the RW! I thought I as suppose to turn the work arround and work from there :D No wonder it looks a little clumsy at my first try ;) This flower is perfect. So good to begin with, and I can see how I can work with this pattern for a couple of things allready.<br><br>Thank you &lt;3</p>
I really appreciate that you used the term &quot;half hitch&quot;! Everything makes more sense...I think. <br> <br>You're actually just creating many girth hitches, yes? And then sliding the girth hitches back onto the standing end, which you put through the eye to make it easier to draw through the girth hitches? <br> <br>This would imply that you want your needle to have the same diameter as the thread; is this correct?
<p>Another name for a paired half-hitch like the ones used in tatting is &quot;lark's head&quot;. Evidently &quot;cow hitch&quot; as well. </p><p>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow_hitch</p>
Sorry for the delayed response. I'm wasn't familiar with girth hitches so I looked them up and it does certainly appear to be the same basic structure. Yes, for the best look the needle should be the same width as the thread you are using.
<p>This was my first try. I stopped at five petals because my tail wasn't long enough. :-) Thank you for your clear instructions and video. My next step is to try two colors and then make a butterfly.</p><p>As I'm searching for patterns online, I'm finding a lot that are designed for shuttle tatting. Can these be easily converted to needle work?</p><p>AS</p>
Yes, most shuttle patterns are easily worked with the needle.You may have to ignore some shuttle specific instructions and figure out where to close(tie) and reverse work, but the ds stitch counts for rings and chains will be the same.
<p>This was the best set of instrctions I have found. Not perfect but not bad for my very first attempt. </p>
Thank you. Was having a terrible time closing rings, got it last night with this tutorial \pattern. Actually, made 2 last night in mint green, thinking of using ear wires and wear to work tomorrow. Quiet different from crocheting which I've done for over 50 years.
Argh! I finished the stitches for the first ring but when I tried to slide them off and close loop, the stitches got stuck right at the end of the needle and wouldn't move in any direction. what am I doing wrong? :(
<p>Most tatting needles are nearly the same width at both end so this usually doesn't happen, but it can if your stitches are too tight. Try making them just a bit looser and you should be good.</p>
<p>Love the pretty flower! Instructions were great and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing. Here is my very first tatting project. I used a multi-colored thread and it worked well. Gonna try it in a solid color and perhaps use it as a decal on my bag. </p>
<p>Nice work!</p>
<p>I love this pretty little flower pendant. The instructions are easy to follow, and really well explained. Thank you for sharing this with the world. I am going to try this now.</p><p>Kindest regards</p><p>Nutmeg</p>
Thanks!
<p>This was a great way to learn needle-tatting. Thanks so much for the instructable. :D</p>
Thank you for your tutorial! I had some confusion with connecting the chains and loops, but I watched your video and figured it out :) pardon the pajamas, but I wanted to show you!
Brand new to tatting. Once I figured out I was to be tatting on the ball finishing chains went much better! Thanks for posting this and your video! So much help!<br> ps I love your new stuff on Etsy! may try the choker 'tenebrous' (eventually) to go with my barefoot sandals and wrist cuff!
I MUST MUST MUST try this
may Adonai bless you i have been searching high and low for this tysvvvm
Your hands are beautiful because you create beauty with them.
YIPPEE!!! I just finished this project. Thank you so much for posting the step by step instructions, as well as your full video tutorial on youtube. I am truly amazed I was able to complete the project in such a small amount of time. Of course, I did practice a little while, but still, it was really easy and fast for me. :) Thanks, again!!
Congrats &amp; have fun tatting!
Thanks!! I will!!! I just have to find some more patterns for a novice. :)
Your designs are so beautiful! As soon as I can get all the materials together (not sure where to find a needle) I will try my hand at your flower. I'm so impatient, tho, and wish I was an expert already! LOL! Thank you for your tutorials!
Thank you for sharing your pattern. Your work is beautiful. Although I have never tatted, I've started your mask. This is a must have for the Prom Masquerade I am chaperoning. Your tutorials are very helpful.
Thanks so much and good luck!
How many ds and p do we do for the first ring, in the steps before the making of the ring and then the chain?
The stitch counts for the flower are in step 5. Both the rings and chains are 6ds 1p 6ds
i love your patterns they are what inspired me to learn to tat do you know of a place i can find this pattern for shuttle tatting? thank you so much for all the beautiful patterns i cannot wait to try the mustache necklace!
Patterns for needle and shuttle tatting are basically the same, the only difference being that most needle tatting patterns need to be worked with two shuttles.
thank you so much!
Hi, love your work! <br>Your instructions are great, I just can't seem to get it through my head how to rw at the end of the chain and tie a knot? I got the first ring ok, but at the end of the chain is where I'm stuck...thanks.
It's great and it's easy, I'd like it so much)
Great walk through ! I'll have to try again with the right needle.<br> Thank you for sharing! :) :)
thanks TotusMel. I had learnt how to tat with my grand ma and was totally intregued,by needle tatting .i tried and tried till i got it right it is so much easier than using the shuttle. thanks again !!
I had trouble getting the where the ball of thread side goes and where the tail goes in relationship to the needle. I needed to see the ball of thread the entire time in the pictures.<br> &nbsp;If you are able to get the double stitch part right but having trouble getting the get it off the needle and into a nice ring part try this website:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.greenfuzzer.com/rhtech.html">Green Fuzzer Tatting&nbsp;</a><br> <br>
This looks like so much fun! One question tho: how long should these main ds be?
I am just starting to learn how to tat and was wondering if these directions would be able to be followed with a shuttle. I was just going to try one thing at a time and see how far that got me!
i made the flower and because of the it i was able to understand the other ones. took a full day to finish the other one, but i really wanted to thank you for opening doors to a wonderful world of tatting. *grin*
I love the purple and white thread, but wish it were a better close up as I wanted to really see what you had there. Looks very nice.
thank you very much. the picture i took was with an old camera phone. the long tatting item you see (that is very blurry) is a necklace. i found an old instructable. there is one with someone using yarn, but with the multi colors it's harder to follow along. this was the only thread in my house at the time. anyhow, i'll make another and be sure to use my partner's camera next time.
Watching your video with the looping, it reminded me of macrame' but in miniature. Thanks for taking the time to make a great video.
I have just started tatting-only tried twice so far and mine is actually somewhat starting to look like yours. I am excited. I have been crocheting for 30+ years and always wanted to learn. Your tatting is absolutely beautiful and your video is great!!!!!
they're verrrrry pretty, although sadly I don't understand anything involving a needle. What's the book in the the first picture, out of curiosity? :)
Where do you get your tatting needles? Does a store carry them or do you order them online?
thanks :3
TotusMel,<br>My name is Sophia. I have been looking at your incredible tatting designs. I also browsed your Etsy products and think your Enslaved Heart Slave Bracelet (that, and of course the mask) is the most beautiful; I can't peel my eyes away! I am 13 and a crazed artist- I am especially obsessed with Henna. The swirly, dainty patterns that you tat remind me so much of my tattooing, and I am awestruck. I am about to tat this pendant, and believe that I also understand the Josephine Chain and Split rings. Do you have other projects here for beginners? If not, is there a free instruction manual where I can learn? Also, do you usually use a size 5 needle? Thank you so much for your time!<br>Sincerely,<br>Sophia<br>P.S. I attached a picture of my favorite Henna! I did it on myself a few weeks ago.
Hi Totusmel, your video and step by step on needle tatting is the best tutorial i have seen. It really does get the message across better than the book i recently bought, which i think the author has totally forgotten what it is like to 'start' at the beginning and assumes wrongly that we total beginners already know things. <br>Thankyou for your very informative tutorial, you really know how to get needle tatting across to us. <br>
Hi. This tatting thing is amazing. I've been trying to get a batting needle, but they come to be pretty rare and very, very expensive, plus I can't buy them online since I don't have a credit card. Any suggestions???? Could it possibly be made with another kind of needle???

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