Learn Needle Tatting With My Flower Pendant




About: I'm a tattooed needle tatter, a stay at home mom and a homeschooler. I sell my work on etsy. I hope to offer a few patterns more here as I get the time. You can also follow me on twitter as TotusMel and read...

Sure my mask is cool, but it's not for the beginner. This is a beginners project with needle tatting. Making this simple flower pendant will teach you some of the basics of needle tatting. No knowledge of tatting is needed, but knowledge of other fiber crafts such as knitting and crochet may be helpful in understanding pattern construction.

You will need a size 5 tatting needle and size 10 crochet cotton thread. Though using any thread and matching needle will simply create different sized flowers.

This is not a comprehensive guide to needle tatting. This project will teach you to work with thread on the ball, which mimics two shuttle tatting. There is also working with cut thread that mimics one shuttle tatting and there are many more advanced techniques you can learn as well.

Step 1: The Double Stitch Part 1

Tatting is generally made up of one stitch, the double stitch(ds) separated by picots. This stitch is used to make the rings and chains that are the main structure of all tatting.

1. Thread the needle from the ball leaving a tail about 16 inches long.

2. Hold the working thread (thread from the ball, not the tail) near the end of the needle with your right index finger. You can release the thread as soon as soon as the first ds is made.

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

Step 3: Second Half of the Double Stitch

For the second half of the ds, we do the opposite. Wrap the thread around your index finger counter-clockwise, slide the needle under the thread toward the tip of your finger. Slide the loop next to the first loop and tighten.

You might notice that this is in fact just a half hitch knot.

Step 4: Creating a Picot

1. After completing a ds, make the first half of the next ds, but instead of sliding the the stitch next to the first ds, hold the loop about a 1/2 inch away while making the second half of the ds.

2. Slide the completed ds next to the first ds. The small loop created between them is a Picot

Step 5: Creating a Ring

1. Create any number of ds with any number of picots. For our flower pendant, make a ring consisting of six ds with a long picot(1 inch) followed by six more ds.

2. Slide the ds off the needle onto the thread that is in the eye of the needle, keeping the loop forming at the end from closing by placing your pinky in the loop.

3. Bring the needle tip through the loop and pull the loop closed. This is referred to as 'close the ring' in written patterns

4. The last step is to turn the ring over and tie a knot at the top. This is referred to as reverse work or rw.

Step 6: Creating a Chain

1. Place the needle at the last knot made on your ring. A chain is generally only created after a ring.

2. Create any number of ds and picots. For our flower pendant, chain 6ds, 1 picot(p) 6 ds.

3. Slide the ds off the needle onto the thread in the eye of the needle. Pull the thread all the way through so that the chain lies right next to the ring.

4. As with the ring, turn the chain over and tie a knot (rw). Occasionally a ring or chain isn't reversed after closing, but a knot is still tied. The right and left thread do not change place when the knot is tied this way.

Step 7: Making the Flower

Continuing to make the flower, you should have one ring and one chain.

1. Make a ring 6 ds and join to the long picot of your first ring by using the tip of the needle to pull the working thread through the picot. Finish the ring with 6ds, close and rw.

2. Next make another chain the same as the first, 6ds, 1p, 6d close and rw

3. Continue in this manner until you 5 rings and 4 chains.

Step 8: Finishing the Flower

1. Make the final chain in the same way, but after you close join to the first ring you made by bringing the needle through the knot in the ring.

2. To Finish tie a double knot and cut the thread from the ball leaving enough tail to hide. Hide each end by putting the needle through a few stitches in either the closest ring or chain and pulling the thread through. Cut off the remainder.

3. To make the flower a pendant, simply add a jump ring to one of the outer picots.

You can make this simple design in any color or size you like, you can also join flowers together at the outer picots to form chains or add seed beads to the picots for a little bling.

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92 Discussions


Question 1 year ago on Step 5

I am a left hander...i do the right handed tatting but while pulling the needle and tying the knot i take the needle back in left hand and so it results in wrong knot i think....my work keeps turning because of tht ...could you pls help for left handed tatting

1 answer

Answer 1 year ago

Since I'm not left handed, I really can't be of much help I'm afraid. I will say that like most fiber arts, knitting, crochet, etc., tatting is a two handed activity.


Question 1 year ago on Step 6

So many of the tatting patterns are simply diagrams. How do I know when I need to reverse my work and when I don't?

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Answer 1 year ago

the default for most designs is to reverse work after every chain or ring, but you just need to look and see which direction the next element need to face. If it looks to be curving away, you reverse. If it's curving the same direction, you don't.


Question 1 year ago on Introduction

Where can I buy the needles from? Tried the shuttle, but it’s a bit compliment for me.
Thank you for your help in advance.

2 answers

Answer 1 year ago

I bought mine on Amazon. I chose the Handy Hands 3 pack for $9.64. (there is an extra needle, so you actually get a set of 4.) I never tried the shuttles, but I like working with the needles. RustiKate has some really helpful tutorials on youtube.


10 years ago on Introduction

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???

4 replies

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

I've heard tale of people using tapestry needles or doll needles, cutting off the tip and sanding it to make it blunt. It just needs to be fairly long and about the same thickness at the tip & eye. Just make sure you match the thickness to the thread & you should be fine


Reply 1 year ago

I'm learning with an upholstery needle from walmart...just don't make ur stiches too tight...3 different sizes and fairly cheap..I started with just a slightly larger sewing needle


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I bought mine at the dollar store, and it is a doll making needle. I wear a thimble not to poke my fingers :D. I use white 100% coton crochet cable and dye it with fabric dye.


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

I use an upostery needle or darning needle. I them because of the sharp point which gives me more options. For smaller items they work better then the longer ones.


Tip 1 year ago

Wonderful instruction and pretty flower picot pronounced with silent t. Sounds like picoe.


1 year ago

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just picked this craft up on a whim and I've been using your tutorial to nail down the basics.


2 years ago

I love this design and tutorial, just wondered after you close the ring and reverse the work whether you need to flip it back and start the next stage---or just carry on?

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Reply 2 years ago

Thanks, after you reverse work you continue on from there. It becomes easier to see which direction you should be going as you get further along.


Reply 2 years ago

Thanks very much for your speedy reply, I didn't know if Tatting had a right and a wrong side.


3 years ago

Hello From Denmark :)

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´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.

Thank you <3


6 years ago on Introduction

I really appreciate that you used the term "half hitch"! Everything makes more sense...I think.

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?

This would imply that you want your needle to have the same diameter as the thread; is this correct?