Cro-tatting Lesson 1. A bit of history and also basic knots.
Hello everyone! My regular readers, you certainly know how much I love tatting. This is a hobby for me, a passion, an antidepressant and an opportunity to support my Ukraine in this difficult time. In addition, I try to popularize this amazing needlework technique. And today I’m starting a series of cro-tatting lessons.
What is cro-tatting
Crochet combines tatting needle with crochet. The cro-tatting tool is a needle with a hook on the end. I’m sure you can read the full article on tatting on wikipedia. Many people find cro-tatting more difficult than crocheting or tatting.
Some tatting instructors recommend using a tatting needle and a crochet hook. But I haven’t tried it. Perhaps because I have the perfect tool (in my opinion) – Toshiko Takashima hook.
Unfortunately, this type of tatting is quite rare. And completely undeserved, in my opinion. In addition, cro-tatting are easy to unravel if you make a mistake. You just need to pull the end of the thread, haha! I know, supporters of tatting by shuttle would certainly appreciate it!
This photo shows that all the rings are made using the classic tatting technique. That is, the rings are made up of double stitches (ds). And the chains are crocheted and consist of air loops (al). Perhaps because of the intricacies of the translation, I again confuse the terminology. So write me in the comments, please, if I’m wrong (to do this, click on the Leave a comment button at the BEGINNING of the article).
For cro-tatting lesson 1, I made a video demonstrating the base knots. Of course, if you know how to tat with a needle, it will be very easy for you to make a double stitches. The main difficulty lies in the formation of the ring. But with just a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it. I decided to show you two ways to form a ring. Personally, I prefer the first way. Because this way the ring turns out to be more symmetrical (it seems to me).
In the recording, cro-tatting Ring looks the same as a shuttle or needle tatting. For example, R: 16.
English term for the chain is “single crochet” and in abbreviation “C: 7 sc”. Although in Ukrainian this term is called “air loop” and is denoted, for example, as C: 7al.
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