Needle Tatting a Necklace




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If you've mastered the tatted flower instructable, you're ready to learn a few new techniques. This necklace will help you learn split rings, josephine knots and clovers to create a wearable piece of tatted art.

This necklace is a modified version of my Fleurette necklace.

You will need basic needle tatting experience easily learned in my other instructable including the double stitch(ds), picots(p), rings(r), chains(ch) and joining.

This design used size 10 crochet cotton and a size 5 tatting needle.

The laws of Copyright Protection permit this tutorial to be used for personal use only. Reselling for profit is prohibited.

Step 1: Josephine Knot

Start by threading your needle leaving about a six foot tail in the eye of the needle.

1.Make a ring of 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds. Close and reverse work

The Josephine knot is simply the first half of the double stitch repeated creating a spiral chain.

After every 10th stitch you will want to take the thread up and around the needle to maintain an even spiral.

For this design we will be making a Josephine knot chain of 60 stitches. Pull the thread through the needle as you would for a normal chain. Close and reverse work.

Step 2: Split Ring

Next we're going to do a split ring, these are usually written like this: 4-4/4-4. The slash representing the split.

Start the ring by tatting 4ds 1p 4ds. Then un-thread the needle and turn it around. You will now be tatting with the tail thread. Continue with 4ds 1 p 4ds.

Re-thread the needle and close the ring like a normal ring and reverse work.

Step 3: The Chain

Continue working with Josephine Knot chains and split rings until you have a total of 4 chains and 4 rings including the first one you made.

Step 4: The Pendant

Now we're starting the main pendant portion of the necklace.
1. R 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds close rw
2. Ch 5ds 1p 5ds 1p 5ds close rw
3. R 3ds 1p 3ds join to center picot of last ring 3ds 1p 3ds close do not reverse
4. R 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw
5. Ch 10 cl rw

Step 5: Clover Motif

One of the most common elements in tatting is the clover, while they can vary wildly in stitch counts, they are constructed the same way.

1.R 4ds join to center picot of previous ring 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 4ds, close DO NOT reverse work
2. R 4ds join to last picot of previous ring 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 4ds close DO NOT reverse work
3. R 4ds join to last picot of previous ring 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 2ds 1p 4ds close rw

Clover done

Step 6: Finish Pendant

Work up the second side as a mirror to the first half.
1. Ch 10 cl rw
2. R 3ds 1p 3ds join to last picot of previous ring 3ds 1p 3ds close DO NOT reverse work
3. R 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw
4. Ch 5 join to picot of opposite chain 5ds 1p 5 ds cl rw
5. R 3ds 1p 3ds join to center ring of previous ring 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw

Step 7: Second Chain & Done

Work the second chain the same as the first with a total of 3 split rings and 4 Josephine knot chains of 60 stitches.

Finish with a Ring of 4ds 1p 4ds 1p 4ds 1p 4ds close tie a double knot, cut and hide the ends in the last ring.

Press the finished piece with steam, then add whatever clasp you like to the ends using the picots to attach them.

You can now use these techniques to create any necklace design you like by changing the center motif or pendant section and varying the chains and split rings.

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37 Discussions


2 years ago

Love your designs. your written instructions are very clear and easy to follow. all the errors I see in my work are because I am a newbie and sometimes pull one ring tighter than the other and also one chain tighter than the other. I have to make sure to measure as I am working. Please post more projects


3 years ago on Introduction

This is just gorgeous. I read that the pattern is copyrighted and therefore cannot be resold but what about the items made using this pattern. Can those be sold? Thank you.

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Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! I prefer that items made with my patterns not be sold online at all since selling my work is how I make a living. You are of course free to give away and sell them off line.


Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

I completely understand. Thank you for even sharing your beautiful work this much. May you have continued success in your business!


Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

I have been crocheting, knitting, and making macrame since I was 8 or 9. (They wouldn't let me learn to make furniture in my grandfather's wood shop.) Any-way, a few years ago my middlest daughter sent me a picture of this necklace and asked me to make it for her. I did explain to her that I didn't tat. .... I now needle tat. (as well as I may) Thank you.
I do find, however, that many of the patterns I find can only be done on shuttles. Is this a matter of my inexperience or do I need to pick up (study fiercely) yet another skill?


4 years ago

aw i love iiit! your instruction explains itself! the photographs are great and it's easy to understand. great!! :) (it's a little bit uneeven but i just started with tatting and just have a quite long needle.As soon as i find out where to get tatting needles in germany i will get one)


5 years ago on Introduction

i cannot dowload this pattern i tried pdf it is not letting me. what am i doing wrong i have adobe reader.

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Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

As far as I'm aware, you need to have a pro membership to download as a pdf, otherwise you just need to work off the site.


5 years ago on Step 6

OMG! After 5 tries I FINALLY got the clover done! I am so excited! As soon as I figure out how to get a pic to my kindle-fire then upload it to here I will! I am so proud of myself!


5 years ago on Introduction

I just wish I could put t the I instructions out. Referring back to my kindle file all the time is a real pain. Plus I can't watch the video because something was not made for mobile devices ices. But I'm trying.

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I feel like Johnny come lately on this one, but I have to ask. How do you know how long to make the tail before you start? I always seem to come up short and then don't know what to do but start over.

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Tail length is really something you just learn through practice. I use my arm length to guess the tail length, like a large piece might be three times my arm. Most importantly you don't have to start over, you CAN add new thread. When you're getting low stop tatting after finishing a ring, double tie, cut and hide the ends. Then rethread the needle and run it under the knot you just made and start fresh. This only works at a ring though.


6 years ago on Step 5

Love your necklace!, I have one for each of my granddaughters (4)..Be trying to figure how to make matching earrings. I used the pendent pattern but haven't figured out how to hang them. tried a chain with picot across top but that didn't look right. Any suggestions? Happy Mothers Day!

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Reply 6 years ago on Step 5

Hmm, I would probably do a short chain, a matching ring and then a short chain for the top edge to hang from earwires.

Steaming the lace is just a quicker way of blocking it and getting it to lay flat well. You can also stiffen the lace using a fabric stiffener or starch though I prefer my lace soft.