July 11th - Christmas in July Triangle Tree by Ruth
Several people have asked for Christmas patterns because they start tatting for Christmas THIS EARLY in the year. Well, OK, I get it. When my kids were little (ages and ages ago ) I didn't have a lot of time to do what I wanted to do, and couldn't just sit and tat if I wanted to. I remember those days. I just don't remember where I put my keys that were in my hand a minute ago...
Here is a little triangle, about 1.5 " on each side when tatted in Flora size 20 thread. The photo is a green one, which when decorated with beads, and sequins, etc. makes an excellent Christmas tree. Put a Clapper at the bottom and it's a bell.
If you don't celebrate Christmas stay tuned, tomorrow a 6 point star.
I started with the narrow edging pattern by Riego from the Royal Tatting book. I changed it so it is more like the pattern I used to tat trees to put on Christmas cards. I know that pattern is in a book, but I don't know what book. What I didn't like about the pattern I used then was that you tatted the center, all rings, then cut and tie, then tat the outside row, cut and tie, hide the ends. I am lazy. I don't like to cut and tie, and I don't like to hide ends.
This pattern is tatted in one round and requires 2 shuttles wound with green thread Continuous Thread Method, CTM. When the triangle is completed, you may wish to tat a brown tree trunk at the bottom. I'll leave that up to you. If you put it on a card you can use a marker to make the tree trunk.
Begin with ring A in the center, shuttle 2 (Shuttle 2 rings are in yellow on the diagram)
RingA ( 6 Large Picot 6 ) this picot will have all the other center rings join to it.
Chain ( 3 ) turn
RingB ( 4 - 4 - 4 )
RingC ( 4 - 4 - 4 ) turn
Chain ( 3 )
RingD ( 6 Large Picot 6 )
RingE ( 3 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 ) turn
Chain (3) turn
RingF ( 3 + 5 - 2 - 2 - 5 - 3 ) turn
RingG ( 3 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 ) turn
Chain ( 3 )
Ring ( 6 + 6 )
hide the ends and trim off close to the work.
Decorate the tree while you tat with beads and whatever,
or sew the decorations on after it is completed.