March 12 - Ruth's Celtic Shamrock
Copyright 2005 Ruth Perry
This green Clover, or Shamrock, with a 4 corner Celtic Knot in the center is a wonderful gift for anyone. Tatted in size 10 to 30 thread, it makes a nice bookmark or pendant. Size 50 to 100 thread is a nice size for earrings, but a bit fussy weaving the Celtic Knot.
Row 1 - Celtic Knot
Start with about a yard of thread wound on a shuttle, Continuous Thread Method (CTM) do not cut the thread from the ball of thread. Begin a chain on a paper clip, or begin with a picot.
Chain ( 16 - 8 - 8 - 16 - 8 - 8 - 16 - 8 - 8 - 16)
Weave the Celtic Knot for the earring in the Celtic Tatting Knots & Patterns book. Tie the end to the beginning. Then adjust the knot so that there are three "loops" with three picots in each loop of the knot as shown here.
Row 2 - Leaf Outline
Chain ( 4 + 17 + 17 ++ [ Join to the picot of both the first and center loops here ]
Chain ( 17 + 17 ++ [ Join to the picot of both the center and third loops here ]
Chain ( 17 + 17 + 4 )
Join to the beginning picot
Chain 16, add a bead or two, then direct tat back over the stem.
Tie, Hide, Cut ends, or use the ends for twisted cord bookmark