Hi there, I am Kate from RustiKate And today I am going to show you how to make
a split ring in needle tatting The first thing that you need to know when
you are making a split ring is that the thread is going to disappear as
fast from your tail thread as it does from the ball thread. Because you are going to be working off of
both of them. So you want to make sure that you leave plenty
of extra tail thread when you are making split rings. If you normally would leave say 12 inches
for a project you are going to want to double that and have
it be at least 2 feet. To begin with we are going to make a normal
ring and the count of this is going to be 3ds, one picot, 3 ds, one picot, 3 ds, one
picot, 3 ds and we are going to close it as we normally
would. And make a knot at the top. Once it is knotted then we are ready to start
our first split ring. So we are going to use the same count to begin
with 3ds, one picot, 3 ds, But instead of going on with the pattern as
you normally would we are going to split the ring at this point. And we are going to split it so that half
of the tatting is on this side of the needle, on this side of the ring, and the other half is going to be on this
side. And to do that what you are going to do is
unthread your needle, Turn your needle around. And you are going to tat onto the eye of the
needle as if it were the point. And the thread that you are going to be tatting
onto it with is going to be your tail thread. So you are going to do 3 ds, one picot, 3
ds, and at this point you can see that half of
the ring is on this side and half is on that side. So we are ready to turn it back around and
rethread our needle. So now if you look at this closely you can
see how you have 3 ds, one picot, 3 ds. This normally would be our center picot, but it is actually where it joins to the previous
ring, then you have 3 ds, picot, 3 ds So we are ready to close our work like we
would on a normal ring. Once our work is closed we are going to knot it as we normally would. And then when we look at this you can see
how instead of doing a ring and then a chain and then another ring next to it, we actually have two rings basically on top
of each other. And they are joined through the top of the
previous ring. So if we keep going with this we will actually
make a whole row of rings. So that is how you make a split ring.

70 thoughts on “Needle Tatting – Split Rings (SR.) in Needle Tatting by RustiKate”

  1. You are amazing! Thanks so much for all the instructions on tatting. Have you ever used a tatting shuttle? I would love to see video instruction with that.

  2. Hi, this is beautiful. How do you make the big loop? You work so fast that that I'm not able to see how you make it.
    Really this is great, congratulations!
    A friend from Mexico

  3. Thank you very much. Your tutorials are clear and helpful. Will you ever do one on how to read a tatting pattern? I'm a novice at tihis beautiful craft.

  4. Thank you! 🙂 I have used a tatting shuttle, but there are so many wonderful shuttle tatting videos on YouTube by other tatters (great tatters), that I feel like there is more of a need for me to make videos on needle tatting – there is less help available on how to do it. 🙂 I'm flattered and encouraged, that you'd like to see that from me though! 🙂

  5. For Split Rings you do use up the tail very quickly because you do tat off of it. as you do with the ball thread. When making a normal ring and/or chain, the tail is still important, you just need less of it, because it is the thread that actually goes through the center of your tatting (the double stitches) when they come off the needle, it is the core thread. So it is being depleted a little every time you make a ring or chain. Hope this helps! 🙂

  6. Is it the closing of the ring that you are asking about? Let me know and I will try to help! 🙂 Thank you for the question. 🙂

  7. I'll put it on my list of things to show! 🙂 If you go to the rustikate channel page, and look at the links there is a link to my tatting blog, and there you will find a post with the tatting abbreviation definitions. That might make it a little easier. 🙂

  8. Hi, thanks for your prompt reply, on your instructions you put 3ds, p, 3ds, p, 3ds, p, 3ds, cl.
    I would like to know how do you make de "p" I do not know the word, my English is not good.
    As my English is not good then I learn following the "intructions of your hands".
    Many thank in advance for you help.
    Monica from Mexico City

  9. The p = picot. "p" is abbreviation for picot. Picots are the loops. On the RustiKate Channel, there is a video that shows how to do this. It is called "Tatting – #1 Needle Tatting Basics: part one" Hope this helps! 🙂

  10. This is great…just what I was looking for. I've just started tatting and saw "split ring", and the directions that I found were for shuttle tatting, rather then needle. This was so easy to understand. Thank you.

  11. Wow,thank you so much! It couldn't be easier! I found trying to teach myself how to needle tat from a book gets to be way too hard. It shows pictures but lacks easily written directions.

  12. Love your explanation and video! It makes it so easy! I've been trying to learn needle tatting with a book, and it is SO much EASIER with you! Thank you!

  13. Thank you! Your videos are so helpful! And you pace yourself in a matter that's helps a beginner. You are a great tatting instructor! Keep it up please…

  14. Thanks for your comment, Grace. I'm glad that you found a video series that you like. Stick, with whoever makes it easiest for you! I was struggling with a serious illness at the time, and only made this video because it was so often requested. I've not been able to make more or put the time or effort in to the latter videos, as I would have liked. Happy tatting!

  15. very helpful, thank you. I like that you were quick and to the point and had a clear view of the work as it went. well done!

  16. This tutorial is great! I was always wondering how to do this, it completely baffled me, but after watching this tutorial, I feel like I can start creating split rings right now! 😀 Thank you so much for this tutorial, it has been extremely helpful!

  17. Thanks Kate your tutorials are great and I am learning so much from you, you make it much easier than trying to learn from a book.  Thank you so much.

  18. Kate, I made these split rings and they turned out so cute, thank you. My daughter would like to wear the pattern as a bracelet. Only one problem… I don't know how finish off the final ring with a picot on top. Can you help?

  19. Thank you for this tutorial! This would make great trim for my historical sewing! I've always somehow thought tatting is really hard to do, but split rings doesn't seem that much different from other needlecrafts… and here I thought I already had all the possible needles in the world, now need to find a tatting needle… or maybe long upholstery needle would work for a small tatting like this?

  20. Kate, you are indeed a great teacher.  I could never tat and now i am a good needle tatter. Do you have a tutorial that shows how to follow a diagram. I am very interested.  Thanks.

  21. I love yours that by step instructions and when you show the veteran and how to do it on the screen that is so great thank you so much but can you connect the Pequod's together do you have a video on that

  22. thanks for making this video for us to watch, the example was great.  I have learned a lot with watching this.

  23. will you be making a video to help know if you turn your work or not on things, I have tried to make snowflakes and seem to mess them us because I turned when I shouldn't have.  Any help would be great.

  24. Katy, I'm so glad I found you, I had seen this as a bracelet, thought it was macrame, but now I'm happy to enter the world of tatting….  I just need advice on how long to make the tail if I want to make a bracelet…  you mentioned leaving about 2 feet, but since it disappears as it's tatted in the design, it seems too short.  The ball side is no problem, but I don't know how to handle the tail side except have tons of length which is a pain. Maybe I'm doing something wrong…?  I made a few rings and ran short right away. Hope you can help.  Thank you for your great tutorials. 🙂

  25. When I do the stitches on the eye of the needle end, I like to do the second stitch of the double stitch first and then the first stitch second.  I do this because then both sides of the split ring have the same bumps on the picot thread.  This action perhaps comes from the "Libra" in me who wants to be balanced.  I am happy to hear of your triumph over illness in that it did not stop you from making a difference in the lives of many.  What a blessing and inspiration you are, you work as best as you can, and never give up, god bless.

  26. I love your videos! I'm new to tatting but these are very helpful and informative! I was wondering if you would consider making a video to show how one can undo mistakes as in unraveling if that is even possible…:) As I said,  I'm new at this…


  28. Love  your videos!  I was struggling trying to teach myself shuttle tatting, then viewed your needle tatting videos, now I'm doing much better with the needle!

  29. I have a strange question, do you have to turn your needle when doing a spilt ring? I haven't turned mine and need to know if it is allright

  30. very nice tut, you might consider using a gymbol, reason: the thread will unroll and untwist, giving you a straight thread line.

  31. thank you, I will try this stitch next! I so enjoy your tutorials, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. 🙂

  32. I'm so glad you shared this! I wasn't sure a split ring was possible with needle tatting. Now I know!! Thanks xx

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