Tatting Tea Tuesday with snowflakes

Do any of these look familiar? They should.
What, I’m showing pictures of the same ones over again?
No. Well, except for one that was half finished the last time.
I invite you to make yourself a cup of tea, take up your tatting and sit back while I explain myself.

This is the time of year that I try to make snowflakes to go in my Christmas cards. Yes, I should of had most of them done by now, but I never do. It seems I have to really get in the Christmas mood before I can get into gear to make them. So, sometime after Thanksgiving. Okay, to make enough of them for the cards. Before this I have a hard time buckling down to do this as there are so many things that would be so wonderful to make for gifts or new patterns to try or… Well, you get the picture. Distractions. But about now I realize that if I don’t get with it, they don’t get done!

The trick to getting them made quickly, at least for me, is to make the same ones over and over. That way I don’t have to keep referring to a pattern and I know exactly what I have to take with me to tat on the go. It sometimes seems that I don’t have to do a lot of thinking about them while I’m tatting, either. My mind can move on to other things, like what am I going to get the grandsons for Christmas. (Or, what am I going to limit myself to getting for the grandsons!) And then I get done however many get done.

In the spirit of snowflakes, Christmas and giving, I’m posting the pattern for the larger snowflake. It’s for all of you, but especially Tatskool, as she asked for it. As always, I’m the only one that’s made it yet, so the pattern may have a few oopsies in it. Please watch out for them and let me know if any of them get you.

September 2009 Snowflake
2 shuttles
R=ring; Ch=chain; – = picot, the longer the line, the longer the picot; +=join; RW=reverse work; DNRW=do not reverse work; . =close; Sht1=shuttle 1; Sht2=shuttle 2; SR= split ring

Center
R 2-2-2-2-2-2 climb out of R with mock picot. (Alternate: finish with -2, cut and tie.)

Inside
SR Sht1 3, Sht2 3. RW (Alternate:start Inside with Sht1 R 3+3 to a p of Center.)
Sht1 Ch 2-2 RW
*R 3+3 to next p of center. RW
Ch 5-2–2—2–2-5 RW
R 3+3 to same p of center. RW
Ch 2-2 RW*
Repeat between * 4 times then

R 3+3 to next p of center. RW
Ch 5-2–2—2–2-5
Join to base of SR

Outside
Sht1 R 3+3 to 5th p of last Ch of Inside. DNRW
R 3+3 to p of next Ch of Inside. DNRW
R 3+3 to 1st p of next Ch of Inside. RW
Ch 5-6-2–2-6 DNRW
Sht2 R 3-2–2—2–2-3. DNRW
Sht1 Ch 6-2–2-6-5
#R 3+3 to 5th p of same Ch of Inside. DNRW
R 3+3 to p of next Ch of Inside. DNRW
R 3+3 to 1st p of next Ch of Inside. RW
Ch 5+6-2–2-6 to last p of prev Ch DNRW
Sht2 R 3-2-2—2–2-3. DNRW
Sht1 Ch 6-2–2-6-5 RW#
Repeat between # 4 times then
Ch 6-2–2—2–2-6+5 to 1st p of 1st Ch of Outside.
Join to base of 1st R.

Good luck! And if any body makes one, I’d love to hear about it!

14 thoughts on “Tatting Tea Tuesday with snowflakes”

  1. Your snowflakes are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pattern! I've tried coming up with a snowflake pattern, but I just can't come up with anything that works. Maybe I need to tat more so that I get a better idea of how everything works. ; )

  2. Thank you, Diane. I think designing is probably a lot like reading – the more you read, the better you are at spelling, grammar,writing. So the more you tat, the better you understand how it works and goes together. So by all means, keep tatting!

    Thanks, Tatting Chic. I glad you like them.

    Steph, I very much look forward to seeing them! If you find any mistakes or have problems, please contact me and I'll try to fix them.

  3. Hello, TattingChic!

    I hope my suggestions help you out Claudia.

    Elizabeth, it's maybe 2 inches across, don't know if I'd call it a doily. You're welcome.

    Hey, Fox, thanks!

    Well, Sunela, I haven't posted the pattern for the other one! I'm glad that you like them.

  4. Hi Wanda!

    I'm always amazed at those of you who send actual tatted snowflakes with your cards!!! I'm afraid to ask how many! And not only that, you designed this sweet thing (and others) and took the time to write out the instructions to share it with us! I can't wait to tat it! Thanks so much! As I recall you've been busy traveling across the country. I'd still be recuperating from that!

    I wish you and your family a happy Holiday Season!

  5. Ooooeeee! I have only just got to catching up with your posts…..and i am overjoyed that you wrote out the pattern for me and everyone else. Thanks so much…now i have another snowflake to tat.

  6. Hi, Kathy! I actually got enough made to put in all the cards I wanted to, but I didn't count, so I can't say how many. I'm glad you like the snowflake.

    Thanks, Rose Anne! Keep working on your tatting, it will come.

    Merry Christmas,Tatskool! If you make one, I'd love to see it.

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