Saturday, 10 February 2018

classic square pattern

Honestly, tatting takes much less time than writing and presenting a pattern !!! I’d venture that even designing and trials take less time!

I created 2 patterns for the Tat a Brussels’ monument in pink and was going to make a combined pdf and post. However, it is taking forever, and I realise how late I already am. So, here’s my first pattern for now and the other will follow shortly.

(click to download free pattern)

It is a 2-shuttle adaptation of my single shuttle Inchie-Two, and made slightly larger to comply with 3x3cm size and to have 4 free picots in the corner.

I was going to name it flower/floral square because there seems to be a rose blooming between 4 corner leaves. When I showed it to my friend she said it was a ‘classic square’ and explained it as follows:
I use “classic” as a term for tatting that appears to be a simple, pleasing rings & chains project. Not a brain-twister. Something that has a timeless appearance.
 – Anita Barry.

Truth be told, there is a bit of pitfall. When joining the 2nd inner ring to 1st, I kept linking to the wrong picot! We are so used to joining to a free picot, that my hands automatically did the same. However, the linkage is to the same picot where the previous chain is lock joined. Beware :-D

I worked it in Anchor size 20 as all the other squares. But most tatters don’t use this thread. So I pulled out my single size 20 Lizbeth and adjusted the stitchcount. Mostly adding 1ds to each segment
Hence the conversion is fairly easy. It worked in the 2nd square pattern as well. I am keeping this ball for future conversions - more work, but it will make the patterns more universal.

The pdf contains stitch count for both threads as well as for single and 2 colour versions.

Wanting a more flowery look, I increased the chains slightly. 
But it ruffles and needs blocking to flatten out. 

There are many alternate square patterns already shared on respective blogs and Craftree. I didn’t need to create more. It is merely a personal challenge – “Can I?”.
And since the logistics of mailing my original squares changed, I had time on hand. I will now be couriering them on the 19th.

Stay tuned for the next square pattern – in time for Valentine’s ! Along with Anita's variation of this square which she sent me last night (need to ask permission).
Meanwhile I hope you enjoy working this square and adapting it to your pleasure.

For more squares, scroll down to Motifs/Medallions here.


  1. Neat square to add to my to-do list!

  2. Wow! Magic squares๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ Nice pattern Muskaan!

  3. Nice square pattern. I try to do this. Now it's time to send squares to Brussel ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’ช

  4. Many thanks dear Jane, Usha, & Justyna :-) Eager to see your colours and creative variations.
    Just posted Anita's variation in my latest post along with my new square pattern.

  5. Thx for doing this. Your pdfs are G R E A T. Job well done.

    1. Thank you so much, Lelia :-) I think I'll follow this format for future pdfs too.

  6. Love looking at your are so talented.

    1. merci beaucoup, Fox :-) I find you missing from blogging?