March 21 - Cloud-Flower for Spring by Ruth

Copyright 2007 Ruth Perry



Most tatting designs are not free form like the clouds we have been tatting the past few days. While nature often appears to be random, it has order and a pattern, most of us don't play with the math of Chaos theory. OK, I confess that the wallpaper on my computer screen is a rendering of a beautiful fractal graphic. I come from a family that enjoys math. Some of my relatives actually tell jokes in math. And others actually get the jokes told in math. Trust me, it happens...

The Mandelbrot and Julia sets are some of the most beautiful fractal art that computer graphics and mathemetitions have been doing. Talk about inspiration for tatting patterns!!!

This pattern is a more regular design than the recent clouds, but still somewhat like a cloud in nature. But then I see in it a flower like a morning glory too. It would easily adapt to cover the end of an easter egg, by reducing the number of stitches in the outer rows. Following this pattern of rings and chains it could easily grow infinitely.

Two shuttles wound continuous CTM
Beginners could easily cut and hide ends on each row, more advanced tatters will want to climb out of each row with split rings. I did mention that this is the BEST reason to learn split rings in previous patterns, right?

Two DS between all picots!

Instructions:

Center:
Ring 5 large picots sep by 2 DS
Leave a space the size of a large picot before tatting the split ring to begin the 2nd row

2nd Row:
Split Ring ( 2 - 2 - 2 / 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
*
Chain ( 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
Ring ( 2 - 2 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
Chain ( 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
Ring ( 2 + 2 - 2 + 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
*
Repeat between ** around following the diagram and instructions

3rd Row:
Split Ring ( 2 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 / 2 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
*
Chain ( seven picots sep by 2ds ) turn
Ring ( 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 + 2 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
Chain ( 5 picots sep by 2ds ) turn
Ring ( 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 + 2 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 ) turn
*
Repeat around following the diagram and instructions

Tie hide cut ends, or use them to tat additional rows, or to lace between this motif and an identical one, both adapted to cover an Easter egg.

Imagine this done in beautiful colors!!! On an Easter egg!!! Maybe with beads added for sparkle. Let your imagination take you on a fantastic journey... get creative, have fun.