Thursday 27 March 2014

Rose & Crown

* * * UPDATE * * *
I'm going with Megan's suggestion (thank you!)
and will call this motif

Rose & Crown

I originally tatted this a while ago when experimenting with interlocking rings.  There was renewed interest in the photo which was in my In Tatters album and some ladies were keen for me to write the pattern.

I decided that although they are doable with a shuttle, interlocking rings are much easier with a needle!  So this motif is for those who are happy to needle as well as shuttle tat.  Of course, for needle tatters, you can do the whole thing on a needle but I'm sooo much quicker with my shuttle that I'm happy to switch back as soon as I've completed the central rings.

Using size 20 and a suitable needle:

R11-2--2-11 (-- denotes a longer picot)
Before making the next ring, pass the tip of your needle through the ring previously made and then make the stitches.

(please note that my rings in the photos are 11-1--1-11
but 11-2--2-11 does work out better, I just forgot when I
did this sample for the photos!)

Repeat until you have four rings.  

The last ring is the trickiest.  When you have pulled the stitches off the needle, do not close the ring straight away.  Pass your needle back through the first ring from front to back.

In this next photo, my needle has gone through to the back of the
first ring, and you can also see the loop that you need to put
your needle through to close the ring.

Here's the important part:
You must put this loop to the back in between the two rings,
THEN pass the needle through the loop to close the last ring.
That way, all your rings will have the same over-under look.

This is a little bit fiddly to do and you must adjust your threads
so they fall in the right place in the centre of your interlocking rings.

Here's the last ring closed.
The thread from your needle is at the back of your work
but you will find that the thread from your ball is still poking
through the front of the last ring.

You can now cut the ball thread,
take it to the back, tie, and hide ends.

You can then attach one shuttle and ball
to the left of the three picots on your ring
and continue with the second part of the motif.
You don't need much thread on your shuttle
as the rest of the design is all made with chains.

C5-5, join to third picot
C3-3, join to first picot of next ring
Repeat all the way around, join back at the beginning.

C9+C1-1-1-1+(in same picot), C9, join between chains below
C3-1--1-3, join between chains below
Repeat all the way around.
Join back at beginning.

You're done!

You may find there is some tension when you complete the design,
I find this is mostly due to using a chain instead of a ring
at the tip of the arms.

It will also be better with the 11-2--2-11 count
which I did not use on this sample!

But just a bit of finger pressing is all that is needed
to bring it into shape.

I hope you like it!

Oh, and can anyone think of a pretty name for it?
Seems a shame to have it "nameless"…
but sadly, inspiration hasn't struck yet...

Best wishes,


  1. So fun to watch your work and always good to learn to be diverse! thanks!

  2. Merci pour ces explications, et merci de partager cette passion sur ce blog. Il donne l'envie à la débutante que je suis de me mettre plus sérieusement à la frivolité.

  3. Awesome!! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

  4. Now, if I just wasn't all thumbs with a needle!

  5. this is such a gorgeous little motif! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

  6. You've almost convinced me to try needle tatting again... almost! Your star is delightful. The only name I can come up with is Celtic Star... very unoriginal!

  7. Ooh, ooh - you mean you can also show me how to do this with a shuttle all the way? (Wheedling and whimpering goes here.)

    This is just lovely and absolutely deserves a name. A whole bunch of things immediately spring to mind: Celtic Royale (it reminds of crowns). Rose and Crown (same reason, rose in the middle, crowns round the outside), Celtic Olympic, Olympic Star (or Snowflake) (5 interlocking rings reminds me of the Olympics), Celtic Pentacle and Celtic Wizardry (it's rather magical, no? And so are pentacles and pentagrams). Oh, goodness, I might be generating names in my sleep! What kind of spell have you cast over me?

    1. Dear Megan, thank you so much for all your lovely name suggestions! Celtic Royal and Rose & Crown being my favourites at the moment.

      Yes, I did a blogpost about interlocking rings with a shuttle a little while back… need to go find the link and Jane below has just suggested interlocking SCMRs which I shall have to investigate!

    2. Ooops, typo: meant to write Celtic Royale

  8. Thank you Frivole, for this tutorial.
    It is a beautiful motif.

  9. Ooh, thanks. I hope you won't mind if I do the middle as interlocking SCMRs. I don't needle tat. But I really like the motif!

    1. Jane, you've peeked my curiosity! Haven't tried interlocking SCMRs. I shall investigate forthwith!

    2. Are there some on your blog that I can look at by any chance?

    3. Firstly, thanks for posting the pattern , Frivole ! Since I use only shuttle, it will inspire me to finally learn interlocking SCMRs. Here's a lovely step-by-step pictorial by God's Kid with instructions too, on how to do the interlocking SCMRs so as to resemble the Celtic rings.

  10. I have never needle tatted, But this has given me the inspiration to try this, a name well I can only think of Celtic star,

  11. Agree, there are some movements, what are much easier to make with a needle. But needle tatting is much looser than shuttle tatting, and I think shuttle tatting is more lasting that's why.

    Fabulous motif anyway, and I will try to make it, of course with needle on the middle:)))))

  12. It's beautiful! I wish I could do magic like this! :)

  13. I've never tried needle tatting, but this is so beautiful I might be tempted to have a go!

  14. Thanks to muskaan for giving you the link to God's Kid's tutorial. There are also interlocking SCMRs in my doily pattern, with a couple of photos.

  15. I love your motif with the celtic rings. Luckely I can both work with the shuttle and with the needle! The name I am thinking of is: Celtic Charm.
    It makes me think of a little embellishment on a necklace.

  16. Gorgeous motif! Thank you for sharing the pattern :).

  17. I vote calling them Celtic Stars. =D

    Lovely work. and as others have already said... Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. New to tatting (just started this week) and I can't put the needle down. <3

  18. Celtic Crowns., or Interlocking Crowns. I love this motif

  19. Dear Frivole,
    I have posted my trials with shuttle-IRs using different methods. For each of the trials, I used your beautiful Rose & Crowns motif. I would love for you to take a look at them - these pics larger than the ones I linked to InTatters/Craftree.
    Thanks :-)

  20. I don't needle tat - never even seen a tatting needle in India. Do you have instructions for doing the same thing with a shuttle ?

    1. muskaan posted where someone has done a tutorial. Give it a look. I don't needle tat, either.

      I need to try this soon! Good luck :)

  21. I haven't done the needle tatting yet, but I have watched it done a lot of times and even have the book and CD showing how to do it. I just haven't yet, but plan on it soon. It doesn't look like it's hard at all...Thanks for sharing.

  22. Thank you for this beautiful design. This is the first piece I've ever made and I think it turned out beautifully, thanks to your wonderful, and easy to understand instructions! Thank you so much!

  23. Very pretty. I don't needle tat yet, but am going to learn. Thankyou for sharing the pattern.

  24. I love this piece but I've only done shuttle tatting. I'm excited to try it out anyways. Maybe I will pick up some tatting needles just for this pattern. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad you like it! Hope you'll give an update if you give it a try. :-)

  25. Rose and Crown is the perfect name. I guess I better learn to tat with a needle now!


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