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A Tatting Technique to Try: Mock Ring With Bead in Center

This special guest post is from Marilee Rockley, instructor of the Craftsy class Shuttle Tatting. Sign up today to learn how to make lovely lacy jewelry and embellishments to enhance your quilts, paper crafts and more!

Tatted Necklace Pendant

Tatting tutorial for a self-closing mock ring

Gorgeous tatting jewelry projects often feature a central bead in their design. A technique to achieve this is “self-closing mock ring” (abbreviated as SCMR), or simply “mock ring.” Learn how to make a mock ring for your tatting designs with this step-by-step tutorial.

Tatting a Chain

Step 1: Begin by tatting a chain.

A self-closing mock ring is actually a tatted chain with a loop left at the beginning.

Slipping a Bead Over a Starting Loop for Tatting

Step 2: Slip a bead over the starting loop.

To add a bead in the center, tat to reach halfway around the bead, and then slip the bead onto the loop. I’ve put the bead onto a small crochet hook to pull the loop through the bead.

Putting Tatted Shutted Through a Loop

Step 3: Put the shuttle through the loop.

After the bead is placed onto the loop of thread, put the shuttle though the loop. A trick I like to use is to leave a paper clip in as a space saver, to make the final join easier. The paper clip is hanging between the start of the tatting and the bead, so it’s sort of like holding a small picot temporarily.

Tightening Tatted Mock Ring

Step 4: Tighten and continue.

Tighten the core (shuttle thread) around the bead. Then, continue tatting the rest of the way around the bead.

Finishing Tatted Mock Ring

Step 5: Finish with a lock join.

Tighten the tatting, then remove the paper clip, and insert a crochet hook into the small space.

Finish by pulling up a loop of the core thread, then put the shuttle through and tighten for a lock join.

Looking for more inspiration?

Here are a few more examples of tatted jewelry projects in which this technique is used.

Tatted Earrings
Tatted Pendant

Want to learn more? In my Shuttle Tatting course, we begin with the basics of tatting and then move on to how to add beads. Try this fun new craft that’s inexpensive and portable by signing up today!

Have you tried tatting yet?

About Marilee Rockley

Craftsy Crochet Instructor Marilee Rockley

With a background in many arts and crafts, Marilee currently focuses on tatted jewelry design and dyeing tatting threads in unique colorways that can’t be found elsewhere. Her work has appeared in magazines as well as her four pattern books. Take a look at her latest experiments on her blog, Yarnplayer.


Cathy Hoffman Shull

Beautiful work! I’ve tried needle tatting, never shuttle. Inspiring!

shirley mcguire

i was given tating suttles and thread from my grandmother. can’t wait to learn how to tat.

Kelli Slack

I’ve been a tatter for years. This is a lovely pattern. It’s too bad the team at Craftsy has designated shuttle tatting as a “crochet” technique. While related, they are certainly not worked in the same way. I was surprised that tatting did not have its own category.


I’d love to take your classes however I am left handed and this is one time when I believe that it makes a difference. Very hard to follow right handed instruction in both crochet and tatting. Trust me, I’ve tried.

Rhonda G

Try needle tatting instead of shuttle tatting then. You are simply making half hitch knots on a stationary (the needle) surface instead of looping thread around your hand.


Thank you for this lovely tip however I am a beginner at needle tatting only, how is it possible to do this with a needle ?


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