Friday, January 2, 2009

"Arches" doily

This is my original design, which I came up with many years ago. It's just basic tatting with one shuttle and a ball of thread. Enjoy!

For pdf of this pattern, click here.

Doily measures about 6 inches in diameter when made in size 30 crochet cotton. Ball and shuttle are used throughout.

Center: R 12--12. R 2-2-2-2. RW. Ch 6-6, j to 2nd p of small r. RW. R 2-2-2-2. RW. Ch 6-6, j to 2nd p of small r just made. RW. R 12+12 (to long p of 1st r). Repeat until there are 6 large r in all, each sep by 2 small rings and chains.

Rnd 1: R 4+4 (to p on ch of center). RW Ch 3-3-3-3-3-3. RW. Repeat all around the center.

Rnd 2: R 12+12 (to middle p of ch on previous rnd). [R 2-2-2-2. RW. Ch 6-6, j to 2nd p of small r just made. RW.] Rep [ to ] for a total of 4 small rings and chains, then R 12+12 again. Rep the sequence all around rnd 1.

Rnd 3: This rnd is all chains. J to p of 2nd ch of previous rnd, ch 10, j to p of 3rd ch of previous rnd. Ch 13 p 2 ds bet, then repeat the sequence all around, always skipping the 4th and 1st ch of the previous rnd.

Rnd 4: This rnd is all chains. J to 1st p of large ch of previous rnd, ch 3-3, skip 1 p and j to next p. Repeat for a total of 6 ch, this forms one "arch". Then ch 5, and repeat this sequence all around.

Final rnd: R4+4 (to last p of an arch of previous rnd). R 4+4 (to 1st

p of next arch of previous rnd). RW. Ch 3-3-3. RW. R4+4 (to next p on arch of previous rnd). Continue all around, making ch between all r except those at the beginning and end of each arch.

"Arches" doily © Marilee Rockley 2009

R ring
Ch chain
rnd round
- picot
-- large picot
+ join
j join
p picot
RW reverse work
sep separated
bet between
ds double stitch


Kathy Niklewicz said...

This doily is gorgeous - as is ALL your work! I have been following your blog for quite awhile now and I am finally commenting - although I don't know where to begin! You are so talented in so many fields - including your music and your calligraphy. (I was so impressed by the hearts in the calligraphy frame!) Then there is your jewelry which is absolutely fantastic! And the tutorials and the patterns! It all boggles my mind. Thank you so much for sharing on so many levels. My best wishes to you for a Happy New Year!

Marilee Rockley said...

Kathy, thank you very much! Happy New Year to you, too. Your work is also lovely!
Just now a lot of patterns got posted because I decided to move them all here from my old pattern website. I'm really not as prolific as it may appear, LOL.

Gina said...

I get the feeling you are having lots of fun revisiting your patterns. It's nice to see them separately - things jump out at you that you don't notice when they are all viewed together.

Proverbs3122 said...

That is so lovely. I received my thread today. Thanks so much! It's beautiful.

Unknown said...

Beautiful doily Marilee. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Valerie said...

Oh, this doily is very pretty indeed. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Marilee Rockley said...

Thank you, Gina. I think moving my patterns here was the right decision. It's so much easier having everything in one place.

Thank you, Shelley Jo, I'm glad you like your thread.

Clyde, I know you enjoy doilies!

Thanks, Valerie. Enjoy the pattern!

Jon Yusoff said...

This doily is lovely. Thank you for putting this and all you other patterns here. It is so much more convenient to visit.

I am putting this in my to-do list. It is too beautiful not to.

Marilee Rockley said...

Thank you, Jon. I'm glad you like how I re-organized, and I'd be thrilled to see what you do from the pattern.

IsDihara said...

Wowie zowie, what a great-looking doily. The arches remind me of roman aquaducts. Can't wait to try it!

Thanks for sharing your lovely work. It is amazing to me that you worked it using 1 shuttle and ball.

Corina said...

It's lovely! I just finished it in brown, using the Dutch translation in the magazine from the Frivolité(k)ring
Thanks for designing and sharing this wonderful pattern!

Karrieann said...

Hey Yarnplayer! I did this doily pattern.. I enjoyed it!

Mary Kay said...

Thank you so much for sharing this doily pattern. I am using it to make a doily for my mom for Christmas and I'm loving this design. Thank you, thank you! I suspect I will wind up tatting one for myself, too.

Elpy said...

Good morning!!! love your work and I have bought some patterns from your etsy shop!!! I would like to ask for your advice. Since I don't know how to tat with the shuttle, but only with the needle I would like to ask you if this pattern can be realized with the needle. Thank you so much in advance!

Marilee Rockley said...

Elpida,the "Arches" doily would be easy to needle tat, I think. Only my beaded jewelry patterns could sometimes be a problem for needle tatting.

muskaan said...

Wow, I just saw this lovely doily ! You have such an eye for detail, and such elegance in all you do. So many elements in this doily are charming ! Hope to tat this ...

Marilee Rockley said...

Thank you, muskaan. I'm sure that yours will turn out beautifully!

Unknown said...

Thank You Marilee, for allowing us to use your pattern, I am new to tatting only a year and I am enjoying it so much. Having some one like your self allowing us to try to make your creation is very inspiring and also challenges us all to become as experienced as you, Melanie, Ottawa, Canada

Sandra said...

Hi Marilee. I am a very new tatter, about 2 months old. I took a very basic lesson to learn double stitches, picot, rings and chains. After that, I started exploring on my own. I looked for simple patterns online and tried to tat them, always referring to Youtube and online resources for help when I need. I chanced upon your blog and fell in love with your patterns. I started tatting Arches as it is described as comprising of basic tatting stitches. Then I found out that you conduct Craftsy classes so I signed up for one of your classes. I managed to get onto Round 2 using split chains, split ring and mock picot. In the Craftsy 'Ask Questions', I had asked you if it was possible to add picots when using split chains. I managed to figure that out and added picots while completing my split chain in Round 1. I realise that I cannot use split chain to climb out of Round 2 to Round 3 as Round 3 starts with joining to picot of chain 2, then tat a chain to link to chain 3 of Round 2. The instructions said to skip chains 1 and 4 out Round 2. My last chain in Round 2 is chain 4. So I will tie off and cut after I complete Round 2. Am I correct here and can I still use split chain to climb out onto Round 3?
At Round 3, it starts off with join to picot of 2nd chain of Round 2. How do I join to picot of 2nd chain? Do I just tie with a knot the ball thread to picot of 2nd chain of Round 2 and continue tatting the number of double stitches from there?
I appreciate any help you can give cos I really want to learn how to tat.
Thank you so much for your help.

Marilee Rockley said...

Congratulations to Sandra, you're doing very advanced tatting after only 2 months!

To answer your questions, yes, tie off and cut after Round 2. Start Round 3 by doing a lock join to the picot of 2nd chain of previous round. A lock join means to pull up a loop of the shuttle thread through the picot, put the shuttle through the loop, and tighten. A lock join takes up very little space and is not counted in the stitch count; it also locks the thread there. All of the joins in Round 3 and Round 4 are lock joins.

I didn't indicate which joins were lock joins on the original pattern, because I wrote that pattern in the 1980s! At that time I only had vintage patterns for inspiration, so I wrote it like they did, just expecting the tatter to know what to do. No internet to look things up in those days!

I've left the pattern in it's original form, just to show how tatting and pattern writing has progressed since the 1980s.

Hope you're having fun, and I would love to see how your doily looks when you finish it!

Carolyn said...

Thank you so much for this delightful pattern! I found myself in need of a cute and simple design for a gift at short notice and this was perfect. Will definitely make it again, you are a treasure of a designer.

Unknown said...

Hello, I am stuck on the center. The directions say to join the next large ring of 12--12 to the long p of the first ring. Then when repeating the pattern do I start over with a new larger ring and have the next one join to it? I tried to have all rings attach to #1, but it doesn't work. There isn't enough room.

Marilee Rockley said...

The picot of the first large ring needs to be made large enough to hold all of the 12+12 rings that will join into it. So, when forming that large picot, imagine it holding 5 more double stitches, that's how large it'll need to be.