18 Aug 2020

Threads That Bind - full chart

I finally managed to put together a chart for the Threads That Bind Doily.
This would be the largest tatting chart that I have drawn (14 rounds).  It was not easy; I had to restart a few few times because the rings and chains didn't come out in proportion to each other the way I like them to be.

I have posted pictorial instructions for the doily in several posts when the tat-along was on.  This final post will be for completeness.

I hope the chart is clear enough to read the stitch counts. Opening the image in a new tab may enlarge it.


  1. Thank you. You must be very pleased that so many tatters joined in this tat along.

    1. Yes Jane, I was really surprised by the response to this tat-along. I am so happy that I was able to give something for tatters to occupy the time while under lockdown or restricted movement during this pandemic. I am praying, as I believe all of us are, that an effective solution will be found soon.

  2. Well done not an easy task with such a large item, it was a great pattern and I enjoyed tatting it

  3. Thank you. You are precious and generous ❤️

  4. I tatted your yellow variegated thread doily It came out good lovely pattern

    I hav a question regarding how to count stitches For more than 50 years i have not been counting the picot n the 2 part of the ds that follows as a stitch For most of the patterns it works as long as i do the same waybut for some patterns it does not What is the right way of counting

    What i mean is if a pattern asks for 4-4-4-4 I do 4 ds one picot complete and then tat 4 ds again

    Also my chains do not stay still however i try and does not maintain the curved shape n becomes loose

    Any tip regarding above 2 matters will be welcome

    Sharadha Subramanya

    1. I don't consider picots as part of a stitch. They are just spaces. For example,a ring of 4-4-4-4 is tatted as 4ds(space)4ds(space)4ds(space)4ds. When you bring the ds close together, the spaces form picots.

      On your question on chains, the ds need to be pushed closed together before you start on the next element (which can be a ring or a join, etc). When you make the first ds of the next element, pinch the first half of the ds so that the ds on the chain doesn't slide out and become loose.
      Hope this helps.


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