Knitting

WIP Wednesday – Swallowtail

This is what I’m currently working on. I started this on September 10th. It’s my 4th ever knitted item and yes it’s lace. I’ve leant quite heavily on Jewelandarlin for support but now that I’m in Edinburgh I’m on my own – a scary and thrilling thought!

The yarn is Wollmeise in Tutu Dark and I’m part way through repeat 13 of 14 in this section.

Craft, Shopping, Tatting

Chanel goes Cheap

I was taken aback when walking through Brown Thomas yesterday by this dress. There she was on a manikin looking all innocent – and tatting-like. Closer (ok, about 2 metres off) it was apparent that the lace in question, while mimicking tatting’s forms was certainly not tatting. In fact it looked rather like bits of nylon sewn down into the shapes and rather cheap and nasty too.

Chanel’s own website calls this “guipure” lace, which wikipedia redirects to filet lace (certainly isn’t that). Merrium-Webster claims it is a heavy large-patterned lace dating from the mid 19th century.

Chanel clothes are expensive enough that they should have been able to provide the real deal.

Featured, Tatting, Tatting Patterns

Half Moon Dreaming

This pattern started life as a hanky corner in the wonder book The Tatter’s Treasure Chest. I’ve add a chain instead of the edging to turn it into a necklace.

If you make this, I’d love to see the pictures of your results!

Centre Portion

R: 8ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 8ds p 8ds p 8ds
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 6ds Do not RW

Clover
R: 8ds p 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw

C: 6ds RW
R: 8ds join p of previous 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 6ds RW

R: 8ds p 8ds p 8ds cl rw
small R: 6ds join to free p of 2nd ring, 6ds, cl rw
R: 8ds join p of adjacent r, 8ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 9ds rw

R: 8ds p 8ds p 8ds cl rw
small R: 6ds join to free p of 1st ring, 6ds, cl rw
R: 8ds join 2nd p of adjacent r, 8ds p 8ds cl rw

C: 6ds RW
R: 8ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 6ds RW

Clover
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw

C: 6ds join to base of 1st ring

Cut and weave in ends.

Outer Edge

Attach thread to free p of centre ring of clover.

C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to adjacent r that has 1 free p
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to p of next ring
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to the joining p of two rings

C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to joining p of two rings

C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to p of next ring
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to p of first ring of clover
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to centre p of centre ring of clover

To complete just the centre portion tie and weave in ends here.

To continue on to the chain of the necklace,
SR: 8/8
*C: make first half of the double stitch 5 times, followed by the second half 5 times. Repeat a further 4 times for 50 stitches
SR: 6/6
Repeat from * for desired length, finishing with a ring of 12 stitches instead of the split ring.
Tie and weave in ends.

Attach to start of the outer chain and repeat for the other side, making sure you add in a clasp on the final ring.

NB. If you don’t want to do split rings, you can add extra stitches in their place – tie a slip knot at points where the split ring would be so that the chains keep their shape.