Treble Tat Stitch - Nineta Caruso
Ninetta shares her technique of creating a tatting stitch which gives the appearance of treble crochet stitches in tatting. It may be done in rings or chains.
1. Start by tatting a normal double stitch followed by a very small picot and another double stitch.
2. Laying the picot across the ball thread and pull up a loop of thread through the picot. Then, take another loop of the ball thread and pull it through the previous loop.
3. Now slip the shuttle through the loop thus formed but don't tighten it, yet.
4. Next, take a loop of the core thread in your ring finger and pass the shuttle from back to front through the loop 3 times.
5. Tighten the ball thread and don't let the core thread slip out of place.
6. Pull the core thread and tat another double stitch, leaving a very small picot.
Repeat, starting from the just tatted very small picot.
Treble tatting can be used to make any simple ring, all treble tatting. Alternatively, it can be used as a decorative picot. Start always with a very small picot. The space between treble stitches can be used to join elements in next round.
Please save one of the below sample photos to your computer and open it in your graphics viewer. Then you can enlarge it to see the treble tat ds in detail.
One treble ds.
Two treble ds.
If you are ready to try this technique, here is a vintage pattern on which to practice.
"Frivolités" by Miss Johanna Rubli from Zug, Switzerland was published in 1917.
Using two shuttles or one shuttle/needle and the ball with the thread wound continuous thread method (CTM), begin row one with ring A
A. R 8 - 8 clr rw. (This picot will have 3 joins in it depending on whether it is used as an edging or an insertion.)
B. CH 8 dnrw
C. Floating ring 8 - 8 - 8 clr dnrw
D. CH 8 rw
E. R 8 + (join to p of ring A) 8 clr rw
F. CH 8 rw and repeat for desired length.
Row two. At the end of the length turn and work this row of all chains which use shuttle lock joins to attach to row one. NO reverse work needed.
CH 8 + 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 + 8 + 10 + and repeat. (shuttle lock joins)
Instead of the regular picots on chain C use the treble tat double stitch.
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