Needle Tatted Chainmaille




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Using tatted rings, weave a simple European 4 in 1 chainmaille scarf.

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Step 1: Materials and Skills

Yarn, I used superwash wool sock yarn, but any will do.
Yarn Tatting Needle, I used a #2 needle, but match the yarn width to the needle (needles can be found on

Step 2: Tat a Ring

1.Start by holding the end of the yarn on the needle with a 2-3" tail and begin tatting 30 double stitches. You can adjust the number of stitches to fit your yarn choice.

2. Once you have your stitches cut your yarn with a tail long enough to thread into the needle, 5-6"

3.Pull the stitches off the needle onto the yarn you just cut careful to keep the stitches facing the same way. Pull firmly until the ring is formed. Do not pull too tight or hiding the ends will be a chore.

4. Tie a double knot.

5. Run the needle under the stitches, re-thread the needle and pull one tail under the stitches. Repeat on the other side with the other tail.

6. Cut the tails.

Step 3: Begin Weaving

1. Make 4 rings.

2. Begin a fifth ring and before threading the needle place the 4 previous rings on the needle.

3. Close the ring as before, but around the other four.

4. Lay out the rings as pictured.

Step 4: Weave Two Together

1. Make a second set of rings just like the first.

2. Lay out the rings just like the first set

3. Begin making another ring, once the stitches are on the needle weave under the first set of rings as shown

4. Pick up the second set of rings and weave over the rings as shown.

5. Thread the needle and close the rings as before making sure the stitches all face the same direction.

6. Lay out all the rings as pictured.

Step 5: Continue and Finish

Continue making sets of five rings and attaching them together until you've reached the length you'd like the piece to be.

You can of course use this basic tatted ring technique for a wide range of chainmaille weaves or in thread for a necklace or bracelet.



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    10 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Wow! This looks amazing!


    I make chain maille and I do needle tatting. Now I can do both at once. Thanks. :D


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This just blew my mind...I found this on accident, now want to learn tatting *just* because of this instructable!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Tatted chainmaille...never would have thought of that but it is freakin amazing!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    When you find the time...could you please do a demonstration video on this tutorial? I would forever be grateful...=)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome idea! Thank you for the clear instructions, I can't wait to try it out :-)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I tat and do chain maille and I'm gonna try your idea with some other weaves.
    Good job, cool idea

    1 reply