Insertion Worked in Tatting

Beeton’s Book of Needlework was originally published in Great Britain in 1870 by Ward, Lock and Tyler.

Instructions below as per the original.

For modern tatters, oval means ring and purl means picot.

This strip of insertion is worked with two cottons. Work with the cotton in the left hand over that in the right hand. Both ends of cotton are fastened together at the beginning by a knot. First work one half of the insertion the long way in the following manner:–1 plain, 1 purl, 1 plain (the purl must be very short); turn the purl downwards, 6 double, 1 purl, * 6 double, 1 purl, 1 plain, which must all be turned upwards; then turn the work so that the upper edge is turned downwards; work 6 double, fastened on to the last purl turned downwards (the fastening of the stitches is made with the thread in the right hand); a loop turned upwards is thus formed; turn the work downwards, draw the cotton in right hand underneath that in left hand, and work 6 double, 1 purl, 6 double, all turned upwards; fasten these stitches on 1st purl turned [10] downwards. In this pattern 1st of border pattern is thus completed; turn it downwards, 8 double, 1 purl, 8 double, 1 purl, 1 plain, turn work downwards, 6 double, fastened on last purl of last pattern, turned up. Repeat from *. When the insertion is of sufficient length, work the other half in same manner, and fasten it on the 1st half by means of purl stitches between the 8 double stitches twice repeated.

  • Designed by: Isabella Beeton

Let us know if you try this one and how it worked out.

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Tatted Christmas Tree

A lovely Christmas Tree pattern suitable for beginners, with pine-tree like picot needles. A perfect ornament for the holidays!

Rings, Picots and Chains is all it is.

I prefer to make useful items, so I’m really pleased with this little tree. You can use it as an ornament for your tree, a decoration for a gift, an embellishment on clothing or Christmas quilts, or you can thread ribbon through it to make it into a bookmark. Add beads to it to make it sparkle, too.

I purposely made the branches so they looked thick and “fluffy”. I tried at first to join more picots or to add a few less so you could see each individual one, but it just didn’t have the right effect. Pine trees have needles going every which way, so I thought the tatting should look similar.

This pattern is beginner level and uses one shuttle (or needle).

ds double stitch R ring Ch chain
p picot j join lj lock join (join using shuttle thread)

Instructions:

Lower branch

R: (3ds p) 5 times, 3ds close
Leave 1/2″ thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Leave 1/2″ thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Repeat last R 2 times more to make clover leaf
LJ to closest open thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
LJ to next open thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close, turn
Ch: 12ds p 12ds, turn

Middle branch

R: (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds j to center p of last R on lower branch (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds close
Leave 1/2″ thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R 3ds p 3ds j to cp of next R on lower branch (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds close
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Repeat last R once more to make clover leaf
LJ to open thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close, turn
Ch: 12ds p 12ds, turn

Upper branch

R: (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds j to center p of last R on middle branch (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds close
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Repeat last R once more to make clover leaf, turn
Ch: 10ds p 3ds, turn

Tree top

R: 3ds p 3ds j to center p of last R on upper branch (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds close
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Repeat last R once more to make clover leaf, turn
Ch: 3ds j to p on last Ch, 10ds, turn

Upper branch

R: (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds j to 4th p of previous R (3ds p) 2 times, close
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Repeat last R once more to make clover leaf, turn
Ch: 12ds j to p of next Ch, 12ds, turn

Middle branch

R: (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds j to center p of last R on upper branch (3ds p) 2 times, close
Leave 1/2″ thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Repeat last R 2 times more to make clover leaf
LJ to open thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close, turn
Ch: 12ds j to p of next Ch, 12ds, turn

Lower branch

R: (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds j to center p of last R on middle branch (3ds p) 2 times, close
Leave 1/2″ thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R , 3ds p 3ds j to center p of next R on middle branch (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds close
Leave 1/2″ thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
Repeat last R 2 times more to make clover leaf
LJ to closest open thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
LJ to next open thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close, turn
Ch: 10ds p 3ds, turn

Tree base

R: 3ds p 3ds j to center p of last R on lower branch (3ds p) 3 times, 3ds close
Leave 1/2″ thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 4 times, 3ds close
R: (3ds p) 5 times, 3ds, close
LJ to next open thread
R: 3ds j to last p of prev R (3ds p) 2 times, 3ds j to center p of first R made in first lower branch, 3ds p 3ds, close, turn
Ch: 3ds j to p of previous Ch, 10ds

Cut and tie.

If you prefer looking at the diagram

Copyright 2007 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved.


This was our first needle tatting class. I brought samples of what I have learned about different thread sizes and needle sizes.

Thread size 80, 20 and 10, all four needle sizes

Thread size 80, 20 and 10, all four needle sizes

Those that wanted to practice on how easy it was to learn needle tatting were able to, though we had to share tatting needles. Lorene has found a supplier she can get tatting needles from, visit her blog to see when she gets them in. http://yarnbasket.wordpress.com/

I forgot to get some pictures of Angie’s relative’s tatting and they were beautiful work too. So I’ve put two pictures of some tatting I found that was made in 1919.

Now I know you are looking forward to see what some of the ladies brought for show n tell check it out: