Introduction: Tatted Snowflake

Picture of Tatted Snowflake

I have been working on putting tatting around an ornament, but took a break to show you a tatted snowflake i came up with.  

Tatting thread size 10
Tatting needle size 5
Beads (60)
Collapsable eye needle

Inner part of the snowflake:
Use your collapsable needle and thread on 30 beads.  Now put on your tatting needle.

1. R 5 (bead) 2 (3 beads) 2 (bead) 5 cl. k.
2. Chain 5 k.
3. Repeat 1 and 2 five times until you have 6 rings and 6 chains total.
4. Attach final chain to base of first ring.  Double knot, cut and hide ends.

Outer Part:
Put 30 beads on your thread.

Thread your thread through all 6 of the rings from the inner part of the snowflake.  It should look like in Picture 4.

You will be working backwards through the rings you have woven through.

1. R 5 (bead) 2 (3 beads) 2 (bead) 5 cl. k.
2. Chain 15 k.
3. Thread your needle backwards through the last ring taking part of the chain with it as in Picture 5 - 7.
4. Repeat 1-3 five times until you have 6 rings and 6 chains total.
5. Attach final chain to base of first ring from this part of the snowflake.  Double knot, cut and ends.

Since you want the snowflake to stay fairly flat/stiff, iron and starch it.  Now you can attach a string to it or an ornament hook, or even add it to a chain for a necklace.  Whatever you want!

You are done with your lovely tatted snowflake :)


samo99ro (author)2014-03-03

Very interesting. I like it very much and I will make some for my Christmas tree.

Thank you for sharing!

bmoore30 (author)2013-05-10

Would it be possible to do this pattern with two shuttles?

I've only done shuttle tatting once, but yes I think so. I think you can do it with just one.

helen41 (author)2012-02-17


Penolopy Bulnick (author)helen412012-02-17

Thank you!

sunshiine (author)2011-12-19

I wished I had a magic nose to make everything on my wish list! This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day!

Thanks Sunshiine!

ATatteredCanvas (author)2012-01-04

Should I be reversing any of my work, such as this first line

1. R 5 (bead) 2 (3 beads) 2 (bead) 5 cl. k.

should i reverse my piece here, or do I work though the whole pattern with, I think because I want to reverse my piece I keep messing myself up.

THe pattern si easy to follow it may just be me!

No, you're right. You should be reversing between rings and chains. I'm still getting used to the Reverse Work idea, because I always just work however it lays so that I can tat with the ball thread in my left hand. I've started adding that with my most recent Tatting Instructable and I think I'll try to go back and put that in where I believe it belongs.

All right!!! I'm going to start over, I have wanted to make tatted snowflake for so long! Thank you for all your help I will defiantly be sharing my finished piece.

ATatteredCanvas (author)2012-01-03

I am still working on this my first two attempts came out weird, i think my inner snowflake looks odd I am going to try ti with silk yarn in large sized needle.

Let me know if something in the directions doesn't look right! I want to make sure I made them clear.

ATatteredCanvas (author)2011-12-20

YAY! I really need to catch up on my tatting projects! Thank you for posting another great Project.

Thanks for looking! You should post a picture if you get a chance to make one!

canucksgirl (author)2011-12-19

I have always loved the look of tatted snowflakes! and these are beautiful.

Great job! :)

susanrm (author)canucksgirl2011-12-19

Sooo pretty!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)susanrm2011-12-19

Thank you! Snowflakes are just so beautiful, aren't they?

susanrm (author)Penolopy Bulnick2011-12-19

Snowflakes are, and this project captures the beauty of the real ones.

CatTrampoline (author)2011-12-19

I could skip the beads, but it would be more challenging to find a giant bead substitute - like an empty gatorade bottle.

What if you took pop bottle caps or some other bottle caps and cut out the middle?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-12-19

That sounds exciting! If you do make your own needle, let me know, I would love to see!

CatTrampoline (author)2011-12-19

Hmmm... maybe I could make giant ones out of rope or cord to decorate the big tree in front of the house. Do you think that would work or would it collapse under its own weight into a lump-o-rope?

I think that would look cool, but I don't think you can find a needle big enough to tat with rope or cord. There are yarn tatting needles, but I haven't personally seen them and am not sure how big they get.

I'd probably have to make my own needle with doweling or a closet rod. You know you are a maker when you wander the aisles of the hardware store daydreaming about repurposing the merchandise.

Giant clear beads could be made from empty gatorade bottles.

I'll add this to my growing list projects

CatTrampoline (author)2011-12-19

Beautiful and a really nice personal gift! I have 5 crocheted lace snowflakes my late grandma made for me. I think of her every time I pull them out of the ornaments box.

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