Yesterday I walked from my house to the water’s edge and, sitting on a rock overlooking the waves, did some lace design. I’d had the idea of tatting water droplet shapes (the kinda cartoon ones with a concave area) knocking around in my brain for a few days and figured I could do it with in-ring spiral chains (see also this and this). I ended up working out two patterns using the same water droplet ring: one with “gravity” perpendicular to the line of the edging, and one parallel. Together, I figure you could turn corners and make a really lovely frame effect. With no further ado, patterns:
- Ring 2ds, join A of last ring but one, 16ds, picot A, 9ds, picot B, 1ds, 4 second-half single stitches spiraling halfway around the needle, 6ds
- Shoelace trick
- Chain 6ds, join B of ring just made, 6ds
- Repeat from 1
If you make your rings like I do (see my tutorial), these water-drop rings should close quite well, even better than ordinary rings, and without any tangling of the thread (whereas if you spiral with first-half stitches you will have to undo a bit of tangling). This is because the twist puts the thread which has been used for knotting, and which is passing into the core on the other side of the ring, on the inside of the ring, and the core thread which emerges on the outside; in ordinary rings these two threads have to cross right at the point of the ring. It’s a bit hard to describe, but if you play with it a bit you’ll see what I mean.
The second pattern is a bit easier and uses the exact same ring pattern (same total stitch counts) but with the joins and picots in different places:
April Showers (horizontal) edging:
- Ring 12ds, join to previous ring, 12ds, picot, 4ds, 4 second-half single stitches spiraling halfway around the needle, 6ds
- Chain 12ds
I haven’t included any decorative picots or picots for sewing down in the pattern; for the waterfall edging the joining picots are probably sufficient, and for the april showers edging I would replace the chain 12 with chain 6p6 or chain 4p4p4. For decorative picots, a bead on the inside of the water droplet (replace the last 6ds with 3b3) could be pretty cute, although it involves beads on a ring which is a bit of a pain to do.
Final note: if it looks to you like the rings in this picture are different sizes, it is because the two edgings are actually made with two different kinds of thread that happen to be very close to the same color (in real life they are more different but I guess the flash washed it out). One is my #10 and the other was given me without a label, but I guess must be #8 or just a different brand’s idea of what constitutes #10 thread. Anyway, make your own gauge swatches as necessary, don’t assume anything from the photo.