Tatting Square Rings
I picked up this technique from Anne Dyer's book "To Boldly Go Where No Shuttle Has Gone Before - Tatting Definitely Not For Beginners." I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in new tatting techniques - she has a wealth of them. When I was attending the Horstmar Tatting Exhibition I demonstrated the technique to some people and soon had lots of people surrounding me wanting to see what I did. When I mentioned this on the tatting lists I got several pleas for describing it. I'll do that here on my page since it is easier to show with photos.
The technique is not difficult to do, if you have the following:
Make an overhand knot with all thread ends. This helps you to hold everything.
Step 1: You start a ring with the white shuttle thread in the normal way, but don't do a knot yet. Now stick the two shuttles together with the Blue Tack. This should look like this:
You work with two shuttle threads, but only the white thread is on the left hand (ring thread). Work 4 ds.
Step 2: Now seperate the shuttles and use only the white one. Work 1 ds, p, 1 ds.
Step 3: Stick the shuttles together again, and make 4 ds with both shuttles. What you have worked now will look like the last ring in the following photo, only with a picot instead of the join.
Now reapeat steps 2 and 3 for two more times. Your ring should now look like the last ring in the following photo:
Notice the red thread being inside the stitches for four ds, and being outside the stitches for 2 ds.
Step 4: Close the ring by tugging on the white thread only. You should now see a round ring with some red blobs like this:
Step 5: Tug at the red thread to get the corners looking like this:
You see that the red thread is almost invisible. On the blown up photo below you can still see the red thread inside the corners.
Now reverse work in the normal manner. Stick the shuttles together again, and with both work 6 ds, p, 6 ds. Reverse work.
Now you can go on with the next square ring. To get this little edging just join to the last picot of previous ring instead of doing the first picot.