Making a Tatting Stitch Gauge
Inspired by Debi Pennington
Webpage by Sabina Carden-Madden
©Paradise Treasures, January 2002

Making a stitch gauge before you can assist you in tatting a pattern with threads you are not familiar with, allow you to compensate for variance in thread gauges you intend on including in the same pattern and can save you time in designing and retro tatting.

Wind two shuttles in Continuous Thread Method, with approx 3 feet of thread.

Two Shuttles

R = Ring
Ch = Chain
SR = Split ring
cl = close ring

R 4 ds cl
Ch 4
SR 5 / 5 cl
Ch 5
SR 6 / 6 cl
Ch 6
SR 7 / 7 cl
Ch 7
SR 8 / 8 cl
Ch 8
SR 9 / 9 cl
Ch 9
SR 10 / 10 cl
Ch 10
SR 11 / 11 cl
Ch 11

Continue to increase ring size and chain as you wish to use in your project. Keep stitch gauge with your thread for future use in measuring.

It should be noted that in tatting a chain the construction of the double stitch will be bulkier across the top of the knot and takes a natural curve when snugged together. Tatting in a straight line does not allow the stitches to lay snuggly side by side and at a slight angle as they normally would, it is therefore a manipulated and foreign effect on the work and can look sloppy if not applied correctly. However for the purpose of measurement in this case it does allow you to save time by visually comparing your work in progress to what you wish to add to your project.

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Graphics watermarked with Digimarc & edited by Charles D. Madden

Created January 18, 2002
Revised May 29, 2004