Simple tatting patterns can help beginners be more successful at this hobby. Beginners should start with an easy project, such as a bookmark, small fish decorations or a flower pendant. These simple projects can be rewarding and can give you the tatting practice you need to attempt more complex patterns.
Before You Begin
It's important to read the pattern directions carefully so you have the exact tatting supplies you will need and be sure you have learned the exact stitches that you need to complete your pattern. Some patterns are available for free online, and many others can be found in books at the library.
Simple Tatting Patterns For Beginners
Here are some simple patterns available online that can provide a good start for a tatting newbie:
Bookmark: This lovely pattern uses variegated tatting thread for a beautiful flow of color. The directions and pattern are well described and clear. Once you have mastered this bookmark, you will have some valuable experience that can take you to the next level of tatting. Find the bookmark project at tatting.de.
Little Fishies: Learning to tat these small decorative fish can teach you some easy tatting skills and can leave you with decorative fish to put on garments and handbags. You can even turn these fishies into earrings with some simple earring hooks. Find a good little fishies tatting pattern at e.n.e.btinternet.co.uk.
Flower Pendant: The skills used to tat this flower can be replicated easily to create a larger project with many flowers stitched together. It is also a needle tatting pattern, so you will need a tatting needle to make it. A tatting needle has a blunt end the same width as the rest of the needle, in contrast to a hook (on a crochet needle) or a point (on a knitting needle). Learning needle tatting can expand your choices for tatting projects, and it make the process even more creative and enjoyable. Get your flower pattern at instructables.com.
Needle tatting is a simpler form of tatting that uses a needle rather than a shuttle to complete the work.
You may wonder how to make a tatting shuttle once you've caught the tatting bug. Having your own shuttle can make the hobby of tatting even more personal.