Making The Double Stitch
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Click on images to get a larger view Now you are ready to put the practice of flipping the half stitches into some actual double stitches. Cut off one 12 inch length and one 18 inch length of heavy thread. Tie one end of the shorter thread to the end of the longer thread(fig 11).

Pinch the knot with your index and thumb. Wrap the working thread(red) around the hand, the remaining three fingers and wrap the end around the pinky finger two or three times to secure as shown in Fig 12. Grasp the carrier thread(black) with the other hand.

With the other hand, take the tail end of the carrier thread(black) and pass it under the worker thread(faded red), as shown in Fig 13. Follow the direction of the arrow pictured below.

Pass the thread over the worker thread and down through the loop that is created below the worker thread, as shown in Fig 14. At this point the core thread is making the half hitch around the working thread. If you continued to pull the core thread down toward the pinch, you would end up with the wrong kind of knot. The half hitch needs to transfer from the core thread to the working thread.

To accomplish this, loosen the tension of the worker thread at the fingers and pull the core thread horizontally and tighten.(fig 15)

As you do this slowly, you will see how the half hitch is turning from the core thread to the worker thread, as indicated by the blue arrow. At first it will resemble a shoelace tie.(fig 16)

Continue pulling the core thread tight and loosening the worker thread around the hand and the shoelace tie will become more clear.(fig 17)

Continue slowly pulling the core thread tight horizontally and you will notice the worker thread will ease into the half hitch position as shown in Fig 18. This is the correct position for all half hitches formed in tatting to make the double stitch. What will result is the half hitches and double stitches will slide on the core thread. Essentially you are making a slip knot as opposed to a normal tying knot that can be difficult to untie.

Lift slowly with the fingers that control the working thread so as to help move the half hitch over to the pinch of the index and thumb. Be sure to keep the core thread tight so the worker thread will not have the tendency to revert back to flipping upside down. After sliding the half hitch snug up to the start, pinch that first half hitch so it will not go anywhere until you form the second half of the double stitch.

This completes the first half of the double stitch. Now on to making the second half.

Making the second half of the double stitch is just as easy as making the first half. It is just a matter of reversing the thread positions so that the second half hitch will be opposite of the first half and to complete the look of the double stitch.

You pass the core thread in the same motions as doing the first half, but instead of passing the core thread under the working thread, you pass it over as shown in Fig 20. Follow the direction of the blue arrow pictured above.

Pass the thread under the worker thread and down through the loop that is created below the worker thread, as shown in Fig 21.

The remaining steps are done the same for the first half of the double stitch as shown earlier using Fig. 15 through 19. Snug the second half of the double stitch up to the first half to create the completed double stitch as shown in Fig 22 below.

This is the basic element in tatting and the ONLY stitch there is to master in order to create wonderful lacy items for gifts, table cloths, handkerchief edgings and numerous items that you and family and friends can enjoy. There are other elements in tatting that will be discussed later that will improve the look and make for easier transitions into more complex ideas.

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