Crochet tatting is a unique form of tatting using a crochet hook. Traditional tatting is done with shuttles. Cro-tat is similar in nature to "Needle Tatting" where the knots (or stitches) are worked on to the needle and then more thread is pulled through them. However, Cro-tat is distinct from these other forms in that it combines the flexibility of crochet and the ease of use of a crochet hook. The hook used has a long straight shank and a smaller head than regular hooks.
You may think this is a new technique, however, instructions for "Tatting with a Crochet Hook" are given in 1869 Godey's Lady Book ,Vol. 78, pages 271 and 272. A Czech book, produced for the "Womens Hand Work School" in Prague 1881 also has some instructions.
The technique is surprisingly simple and versatile. Use small hooks and thread for lacy edgings and motifs for your clothes or for to make doilies. Use larger hooks and yarn to make items to wear.
Unfortunately, Crotat is not as popular as it once was so pattern books and hooks are not as widely available. However, there is a set of Prym hooks suitable for thread while, for larger items, those lovely wooden or bamboo hooks, with a slight adjustment to the head, are perfect.
Once you have mastered the basic ring, the rest is easy.
Although this eBook is written in UK terms, Crotatting itself is bi-lingual. The same terms are used in both UK and US patterns.
This Guide includes detailed step-by-step instructions for -
Adjusting wooden and bamboo hooks for crotat
Putting the stitches on the hook.
Taking the stitches off the hook.
These instructions cover all that you will need to know to make any of the crotat patterns in my store.
Some of these instructions were first published in the UK magazine "Inside Crochet" August 2011. I have since re-written them, taking into account the feedback which resulted and have produced this "new and improved" version. The original version has been republished twice by "Love of Crochet"
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Hello! I am Helen Free and I design unique crochet patterns under the name of Enfys. I love colour and my favourite things to crochet are Rainbows. I love designing bright and cheerful things for ...
Hello! I am Helen Free and I design unique crochet patterns under the name of Enfys. I love colour and my favourite things to crochet are Rainbows. I love designing bright and cheerful things for children.
I also scrapbook and have combined this with crochet with a fun range of motifs to use in scrapbooking.
Now that Craftsy have updated the system to allow zip files, all of my English patterns are being updated to a zip file with both the UK terms and the US terms.
My new German patterns and Swedish patterns are being listed separately.
As required by “The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013”, a copy of the T&C is included with your download.