Tuesday, 5 November 2019

frost flower pictopattern

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Notice the new entrant here? It is my 12-point variation of the frost flower. Didn’t quite turn out the way I had imagined – looks more like a wheel. Interesting how the entire character and focus seems to have altered!
Tatted in Lizbeth size 20, it measures 2 inches.

Should I share the pattern for this as well?

I have drawn diagrams of single motif/repeat to show sequence of elements and their stitch-count. It also has a written pattern which I found a bit difficult to write since there are numerous paths and techniques that can be chosen.
I finally decided to simply write what I have done and leave it to the tatter to substitute. In this pictorial, however, I have tried to point out the options.

Please help me decide whether the pictorial should be included within the pdf or should I simply give a link to this post for those who want to see each step? The image size will be smaller in the pdf and will add 2 or 3 pages. Of course, one can opt not to print those pages.

Once I have your answers, I will finalise and upload pdf.

snowflake pattern
© muskaan   Nov 2019

SCM(J)R with TR: Self-closing mock Josephine ring with thrown ring : Start mock Josephine ring using same half stitches, switch shuttle, leave bare thread and make thrown ring, close, switch shuttle, leave equal bare thread (a mock picot has been formed), continue with half stitches, close the mock ring.
I first shared this effect - SCM(J)R - with stepwise pictorial,  here.

Sh = shuttle ; - = picot ; -- = long picot ; rw = reverse work ; 
SS = switch shuttle ; JR = Josephine ring (worked with same half stitch) ;
TR = thrown ring (remember to switch shuttle before and after a thrown ring)
rs = reverse stitch or unflipped stitch as in 2nd side of split ring (optional)  

2 shuttles, continuous thread. Red is Sh1, yellow is Sh2

 1. Insert clip or pin on core thread (Sh1) for starter picot.
Chain : 3 – 6.
SCM(J)R: Start mock Josephine ring with 6 half stitches, leaving a loop at the base,  

 2. Switch shuttle for thrown ring but leave bare thread space before starting ring.
space, (TR: 3 -– 3), close,

 3. leave bare thread (a mock picot is formed), switch shuttle, and complete the mock JR with 6 half stitches. Pass shuttle through loop and close the SCM(J)R.
 4. Chain : 3 rs  

 5.  rw, SS, (TR: 3 -- 3), SS

 6.  chain : 3
(the above image is from the back)

ALTERNATE for steps 4 to 6 : rw, SS, chain: 3, (TR: 3 -- 3), 3.
Further reference : Changing Chain Curves

 7.  rw, JR : 6 + 6 (join to mock picot). SS 

ALTERNATE: This JR can be worked as a SCM(J)R. In this case, SS to work the mock JR, and continue with same shuttle for step #8.  

  8.  chain: 6 - 3

 9.  remove the pin or paper clip, insert hook through Both the starter and TR picots ....

 10.  ... to pull up core thread loop for a lock join.

 11.  This is how it will look after a lock join.

 12.  Chain: 2 rs - 2 rs. 

ALTERNATE for step 12: rw, SS, chain: 2 - 2, rw, SS.

One motif or repeat complete. Insert holder for picot and repeat 5 more times, joining the last repeat to the first.

With direct tatting, I didn't have to keep reversing the work, and was able to tat mainly from the front.

Waiting for your response. And I hope this pictorial helps. If it seems confusing, pick up your shuttles and work alongside. I find it helps.

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  1. I vote for including the pictures. Personally, I always find them very helpful. These days I rarely print a pattern, I just look at the PDF on my tablet or smartphone.

  2. Your pages will be great, I know!
    I vote for sharing, including pictures. I wonder if it would be a good idea to put pictures as an apendix? I read books for research a lot and don't mind using apendix. But, that doesn't work for everyone.
    Thank you for sharing and creating wonderful tatting pages!

  3. I like diagrams sprinkled with pictures cause I know how to make mock rings and printed directions is nice to fit on one or 2 pages personally. But I can see where beginners would like all.

  4. Awesome!! The 12 point is screaming to be made into a doily!

  5. Pictures in. Sometimes even a little pic is a great help.

  6. You seem to have your answer! Yes, write what you did and the tatter can change things if they want to - having too many options can be confusing, especially for an inexperienced tatter.

  7. Please include the pictures. They are very helpful. It’s nice to have all the info in one file. Then you don’t have to have the Internet available to work with the pattern. Thanks!

  8. Thanks for the response, dear tatters!

    Marilee, I do the same – now I print once a week only to keep the printer in working condition ;-P

    Mel, I was planning on clubbing the pics in the later pages, after the diagrams and pattern, thus leaving the choice to tatter to print all or only the first 2 pages. Kind of an appendix, right ;-D

    Carollyn, I got feedback for my hidden rose pattern – her students found it difficult to tat it counterclockwise. That is another pattern that can be worked in multiple ways. Hence this idea…. :-))

    LOVE the doily idea, Jenni!!! Now I have another challenge on my hands ;-D

    …a 1000 words, Ninetta ;-))

    The verdict is almost unanimous, including on facebook, Jane. :-D

    Ah, yes, didn’t think of this aspect, Ruby. So be it :-)))

  9. Again a brilliant Frost flower. 12-point variation is very beautiful.

  10. I say include it call it fit for beginners those that know what they are doing will just skip the pics those that need help it will be there. Here is another thought make 2 pdf files one with and one without call it the same name and label the one with pics. Just my opinion here and thanks for sharing,

    1. Yes, I've done that (2 pdfs long & short versions) for a couple of patterns, Pam! This time, I'm leaving the decision to the tatter - why should the designer make all decisions 😄😉😆 Thanks for reminding me 💖

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    1. Welcome to my blog, and thanks, Kinga K. 💖

  12. Przepiękne te gwiazdeczki! Bardzo mi się podobają 😊 Dziękuję, że podzieliłaś się wzorkiem 😀 Pozdrawiam!

    1. Many thanks, Agnieszka 💗🌹💗 I hope you try them 😍