Shamrock Wreath
Tatted Shamrock Wreath
by Martha Ess
copyright 2002

This piece was designed for the Online Tatting
Class Celtic Contest, March 2002.  The motifs
in the inner row are based on the motif  designed
by Mary Maynard as the foundation round for
contest entries.

This design requires 4 working shuttles, each
wound CTM with a ball or a second shuttle.
Wind shuttles 1 and 4 with Color A and shuttles
2 and 3 with Color B (shamrock color).

All four parts are worked concurrently.  Note that
the outer motifs are  "wrong sided" as compared
to the inner, (ie, the inner rings and the outer
chains are right sided).  If you practice one sided/
directional tatting, reverse the order of the stitch
halves on the outer motifs.
All references to front and back for interweaving
effects apply to the design as viewed from the front.

Reverse work between rings and chains unless
otherwise noted.

Size: 3 _ inches diameter with size 80 thread.



Abbreviations:
R                ring
Ch              chain
-                 picot
---, lp          long picot
vsp             veryshort picot       
+                join
sj                shuttle thread join
rw               reverse work
ftb               front to back
btf               back to front
CTM           continuous thread method
S1, S2 etc    Shuttle 1, Shuttle 2, etc


First Repeat:

Shuttle 1: (Color A, inner round) 
R: 9 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 9 rw
Ch: 2 - 24 - 2       

Shuttle 2: (Color B, inner round)
R: 9 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 9 rw
Ch: 2 - 24 - 2       

Shuttle 3: (Color B, outer round)
R:  2 --- 2 vsp 2 --- 2 vsp 2 --- 2 rw
Ch:  12 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj to lp) 2 - 1 - 1 - 10 + (sj to vsp) 10 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj to lp) 2 - 1 - 1 - 10 + (sj to vsp) 10 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj tolp) 2 - 1 - 1 - 12 + (sj to base of R) 3 - 33 - 3

Shuttle 4: (Color A, outer round)
R:  9 + (to center p of lower half  of 1st leaf of shamrock)5 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 9 rw
Ch:  2 - 24 – 2

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2nd - 9th Repeats:

Shuttle 1: Placement: S3 chain loops ftb around S1 chain.  S2 chain passes in front of S1 chain.  See Figure 1.
R:  9 + (reach ftb through S2 ring to join to p of  previousS1 ring) 5 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 9 rw
Ch: 2 + (to prev S1 chain) 24 - 2

Shuttle 2: Placement: S4 chain passes behind S3 chain and loops ftb around S2 chain.  S1 chain passes in front of S2 chain.  See Figure 2.
R:  9 + (reach ftb through S1 ring to join to p of  previousS2 ring) 5 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 9 rw
Ch: 2 + (to prev S2 chain) 24 - 2

Shuttle 3: All chains should already be in position.
R:  2 --- 2 vsp 2 --- 2 vsp 2 --- 2 rw
Ch:  12 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj to lp) 2 - 1 - 1 - 10 + (sj to vsp) 10 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj to lp) 2 - 1 - 1 - 10 + (sj to vsp) 10 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj tolp) 2 - 1 + (to p of previous S4 ring) 1 - 12 + (sj to base of R) 3 + (toprev S3 chain)  33 - 3

Shuttle 4:  Placement: S4 chain passes in front of S3 chain just made.  See Figure 3.
R:  9 + (to center p of lower half  of 1st leaf of shamrock)5 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 9 rw
Ch:  2 + (to prev S4 chain)  24 - 2

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Continue until there are 9 repeats made.

10th Repeat

Shuttle 1:
R:  9 + (reach ftb through S2 ring to join to p of  previousS1 ring) 5 - 1 - 1 - 5. Stop, do not close ring, set aside.

Shuttle 2:
R: 9 + (reach ftb through partially made S1 ring to join to p of previous S2 ring) 5 - 1 - 1 - 5 + (reach btf through 1st S1 ring to join to p of 1st S2 ring) 9. Do not close ring all the way yet.

Shuttle 1:  + (reach btf through S2 ring just made to join to p of 1st S1 ring) 9. After making sure final joins are made correctly, close both rings.
Ch: 2 + (to prev S1 chain) 24

Shuttle 2:
Ch: 2 + (to prev S2 chain) 24

Shuttle 3:
R:  2 --- 2 vsp 2 --- 2 vsp 2 --- 2 rw
Ch:  12 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj to lp) 2 - 1 - 1 - 10 + (sj to vsp) 10 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj to lp) 2 - 1 - 1 - 10 + (sj to vsp) 10 - 1 - 1 - 2 + (sj tolp) 2 - 1 + (to p of previous S4 ring) 1 - 12 + (sj to base of R) 3 + (toprev S3 chain)  33 - 3

Shuttle 4:
R:  9 + (to center p of lower half  of 1st leaf of shamrock)5 - 1 - 1 - 5 + (to 1st shamrock)  9 rw
Ch: 2 + (to prev S4 chain) 24

Finishing:
Note that each chain has been worked up to the point of joining to thebeginning chains.  Now interweave the final chains according to theestablished pattern, referring to picture of completed design.  If the weaving is prevented by the shuttle being trapped on the wrong sideof the work, cut it off, leaving a foot of thread.  (Once all chainsare in position, you may finish by finger tatting or tying the threads backto the shuttles.) When all chains are placed correctly, join each chainto the p of the corresponding 1st chain of the motif.  S1, S2, S4:chain 2 and tie to base of 1st ring. S3: chain 3 and tie to base of 1st shamrock.


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