Today I have a simple pattern for you that I worked out yesterday. I have some bright blue thread (size 10 cotton) and wanted to make an edging that was mostly chains and did the kind of waving back-and-forth you see in Greek tile mosaics. Not sure how well I did on the imitation front, but I rather like the result, shown above, regardless. It also worked out to have a heart-like motif, which was not intentional but may be useful.
- Ring 6ds, join C of previous motif, 3ds, picot A, 6ds
- Chain 12ds, picot B, 3ds, picot C, 3ds
- Shoelace trick or change shuttles
- Chain 3ds, join A, 3ds, join B of previous motif, 12ds
- Repeat from step 1
If you want decorative picots or picots along the top and bottom for sewing through, replace all 12ds’s with 6ds-picot-6ds or 4ds-picot-4ds-picot-4ds, or whatever density of picots pleases you best. Since this edging is flat, it would also raster well—make one strip, with 6ds-picot-6ds instead of 12ds, and then make another strip with 6ds-join-6ds to connect the two; I suspect going from a ring to shoelace, chain 8ds, shoelace, back to a ring and starting the pattern fresh would work to raster without cutting the thread.
This pattern was worked out on size 10 thread with a #5 needle, and I pull all my tatting rather tight, so if you are using significantly different materials or technique you may need to modify the pattern.
Lastly, because I think it’s interesting, here’s a picture of the full piece, which shows my drafting process. I started on the left-hand side, where it’s all lumpy and distorted, and gradually improved over the first half-dozen motifs, then the rest is in the finished pattern. This one came together really quickly, because it’s so simple.