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Celtic Cross 2009

Copyright © Ruth Perry 2009

I will share this cross pattern over the next three days, ending on Easter Sunday. Begin with one shuttle wound with the thread of your choice CTM do not cut the thread from the ball. The thread I used in this sample is actually a Venus size 20 crochet yarn which is about the same as thread size 5, actually fairly large thread. What can I say, I love the color. I will probably make one in a smaller thread soon. The Celtic Knot in the center is the same as one in my Celtic Tatting Knots & Patterns book, and the same as Snippette the Snail, and the Celtic Knot Owl patterns. Begin with a Picot by tying a knot in the thread between the shuttle and the ball of thread and then make the first ds a picots distance from the knot. Or begin on a paper clip to leave a small loop of thread to join to later. Chain 20 ­ 20 ­ 20 ­ 20 Weave the Celtic Knot, and then join to the picot at the beginning of the chain. Start at the thread ends that are attached to the shuttle and ball of thread. Notice how there are two loops of chain, one on top of the other. Next the chain goes under the first chain section.

This looks like a pretzel

Weave the knot over, under, over, under as shown by the broken line

When this is completed there should not be any place where the thread crosses over then over again or under then under again. When your knot is completed correctly join to the picot made at the beginning of the chain. Make a picot then * tat 5 ­ 5 in reverse stitches. These are made without flipping the stitches. Join to the next picot of the Celtic knot. Note the photograph does not have a picot here. To finish the cross requires the picot to join to in the outline which will be added last. Chain 10 turn Ring 3 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 3 turn Chain 10 ­ 2 ­ 10 turn Ring 3 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 3 turn Chain 10 Cross the right side over the left side of these chain sections so that it looks like the photograph. One arm of the cross completed. Now, put the shuttle thread over the chain at the beginning of this arm of the cross, and the ball thread under, and repeat twice from the * tat 5 ­ 5 in reverse stitches above. You now have the three short arms of the cross completed. The longer section of the cross is tatted like the shorter arms of the cross, but there are four rings instead of two, and so it goes: Chain 10 turn Ring 3 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 3 turn

Chain 10 turn Ring 3 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 3 turn Chain 10 ­ 2 ­ 10 turn Ring 3 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 3 turn Chain 10 turn Ring 3 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 3 turn Chain 10 Weave the rings and chains as in the shorter arms of the cross. To do this cross the chain on the right over the left again and again until it looks like the photograph. The rings should all lie flat with no twist in the chains. This is like crossing one arm over the other with your arms outstretched, palms down. The down side of the tatting stays down and the up side of the tatting stays up. The chains just cross over each other again and again. Tie the ends and cut leaving enough thread to hide the ends.

Cross outline

I chose a muted shade of the same color to outline my cross. It could be tatted in the same thread, or whatever colors tickle your fancy. One shuttle with the same color thread as the inside of the cross and a ball of thread the color for the outline. Leave thread ends about 18" long if you wish to make twisted cord for a bookmark when the cross is completed. Begin at the top of the cross. Chain 4 + 10 + 15 + 15 + 10 + 4 ­ 1 ­ 1 ­ 4 + 10 + 15 + 15 + 10 + 10 + 4 ­ 1 ­ {this is the point at the bottom of the cross} 1 ­ 4 + 10 + 10 + 15 + etc. Continue around the outside of the cross until you are back at the top, and then tie the shuttle thread to the shuttle thread end. Tie a square knot with all four threads. I did one of each color together. This makes the twisted cord as seen at the top of the cross in the photo on the right here. You may choose to tat a spiral chain or lock chain instead of twisted cord. I like the twisted cord for a bookmark because it is decorative and fairly easy to do. Tie the ends in a double overhand knot and cut leaving enough thread ends for a tassel.

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