Patterns by Rosemarie Peel © 1999

Rosemarie's pattern is a versatile edging/insertion with a corner. It can be worked using thread with variegated or plain colour. It consists entirely of rings and includes split rings and so requires more than beginner skill level. If you are not familiar with the split ring technique there are several sources of help. In 20 TATTED MOTIFS, sadly now out of print, by Rosemarie herself, she gives instructions on the technique:-

Split Rings

A split ring is very useful for getting along the work without having extra ends. For example, it can take work on from a central ring of a motif to the first row, or from one row to the next, or along a line of rings without having to leave a length of thread each time.

The ball thread needs to be on a second shuttle. Take the thread of Sh.1 round your hand to make a ring in the normal way. Make the ds as stated for the first shuttle to complete the first half of the ring. Put Sh.1 down and pick up Sh.2 keeping the ring on your hand. The second shuttle will work up the other side of the ring, in the space between your first and little finger, in a slightly different manner. The right hand movements for making the ds are the same as usual but the thread in the ring is not allowed to reverse. It must be kept tight and the ds are pulled up on it as if you were sewing blanket stitches (Quote: 'It feels odd').

After completing the ds as stated for Sh.2, put it down and take up Sh.1 to close the ring. Two threads are now in position to go on and make another split ring or to continue the pattern with ordinary chain and rings.

This corner was worked with Coat's thread, mercer crochet 20, shade 889 (a variegated white-purple).

Wind two shuttles full with the same colour thread and do not cut apart.

close.....close ring
SR.....Split ring
RW.....Reverse work
Sh1.....Shuttle one
Sh2.....Shuttle two

On the left is an ordinary ring with a picot.

On the right is a split ring.

The point on the rings is where they close.

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It is important to write down at the start, which of your shuttles is Sh1 and which is Sh2. Until you get into the pattern you need to be sure which is which.

Refer to Figs.1, 2 and 3 to see where to make joins.

Fig.1 Four sides, four corners

The edging has flowers made of six rings and leaves made of three rings.

To turn a corner a seven-ringed and five ringed flower are made.

Fig.2 The start and one repeat.

(Sh1 R 6-6 close,)5 times......Rings a, b, c, d, and e,
(SR Sh1 6, Sh2 6 Sh1 close,)2 times......Rings f and g,
RW Sh2 R 6-6 close......Ring h,
(SR Sh2 6, Sh1 6, Sh2 close,)2 times......Rings i and j,
(Sh2 R 6-6 close,)3 times......Rings k, l, and m,
RW Sh1 R 6+6 close......Ring n,
(SR Sh1 6, Sh2 6, Sh1 close,)2 times......Rings o and p,
RW Sh1 R 6+6 close......Ring q,
(SR Sh1 6, Sh2 6, Sh1 close,)2 times......Rings r and s,
(Sh1 R 6-6 close,)3 times......Rings t, u, and v,
RW Sh2 R 6+6 close......Ring w,
(SR Sh2 6, Sh1 6, Sh2 close,)2 times......Rings x and y,
Sh2 R 6+6 close......Ring z,
Rings i to z form one repeat.

Fig.3 The corner.

Note: Ring A of of a corner always follows Ring z of a repeat.
(SR Sh2 6, Sh1 6, Sh2 close,)2 times......Rings A and B,
(Sh2 R 6-6 close,)4 times......Rings C, D, E, and F,
RW Sh1 R 6+6 close......Ring G,
(SR Sh1 6, Sh2 6, Sh1 close,)2 times......Rings H and I,
Sh1 R 6+6 close......Ring J,
(SR Sh1 6, Sh2 6, Sh1 close,)2 times......Rings K and L,
(Sh1 R 6-6 close,)2 times......Rings M, and N,
RW Sh2 R 6+6 close......Ring O,
(SR Sh2 6, Sh1 6, Sh2 close,)2 times......Rings P and Q,
Sh2 R 6+6 close......Ring R,
This reverse puts the work back into position to work a half repeat from Ring r to Ring z. Each side must have this half repeat after the corner then as many full repeats (i to z) as wanted.

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