A New Heart Design

Please note the changes/corrections to the end of Rows 2 and 3. THANKS, Katie Verna for catching my goofs in writing the pattern. That's what I get for throwing it together during lunch and not taking the time to re-tat from the instructions after I'd slept a night or two.

I haven't been inspired to do a new heart design since 2001. While waiting on my car to be serviced last Saturday, I sat down and sketched out a heart. Not sure why the center inspiration was block tatting but here is a scan of the 3rd heart I tatted. The one I actually tatted during our Guild meeting in Lexington met its demise with our new pup and his need to chew ... just as well as it really, really needed some help. Maybe I'll try that one later.

This one is simple enough. Using whatever style of block tatting you prefer (I used Jane E's braid method) and two shuttles CTM:

Row 1 Ch 4 sp 4 (odd rows have flipped stitches while even rows are unflipped).
Row 2 Ch 1 sp 4 + (core thread to picot on Row 1) 4 +
Row 3 Ch 1 sp 4 + (lj with core thread) 4 +
repeat 2nd and 3rd rows once more
Row 6 Ch 1 sp 4 +
Row 7 Ch 1 sp 4 +
repeat row 6

SR 4/4
Ch 3 - 2 - 2 - 3
R 6 + (last picot on Row 8) 6
Ch 3 - 2 - 2 - 3
R 6 + (same picot as prev ring) 6
Ch 3 - 2 - 2 - 3
R 6 + (picot between 5th & 6th row) 6
Ch 3 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 vsp 1
R 6 + (picot from row 1) 6 SS
R 1 + (adjacent chain) 4 - 1 lp 1 - 4 vsp 1 SS
Ch 1 +(adjacent ring) 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3
R 6 + (core thread at halfway point on first row) 6
Ch 3 - 2 - 2 - 3
R 6 + (start point of block tatting) 6
Ch 3 - 2 - 2 - 3
R 6 + (same picot as prev ring) 6
Ch 3 - 2 - 2 - 3
R 4 + (turning picot on row 5) 4

Securely tie, cut and hide ends. Of course if you thought ahead, magic thread loops can be put into the last chain and within the last ring.


Teresa, I really like your block tatted heart. It is a really nice design I think. Thank you also so much for the pattern for him too.
BJ said…
I haven't done any block tatting; but, I may try this heart later. I like Jane's explanations, too.
It's a lovely heart and very interesting. Reminds me of Martha Ess block tatting in her Tat's Amore book of hearts. It is a really nice effect.
Thank you for sharing your pattern.
Best Wishes BJ in NM
Anonymous said…
Very cute! I love the little block tatting in the middle. Thanks for the Pattern!
Anonymous said…
What a beautiful little heart! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us! I can relate to loosing tatting to the teething needs of a puppy as I was working on several angels (Monica Hahn pattern) & got called away to the phone. When I came back, our puppy had chewed on several of the heads & wings, and I just about lost it. It taught me that no matter how young your puppy is, the first toy I buy them is a rope bone for chewing!
'Hope to see you in September!
Anitra Stone
Raleigh, NC
Anonymous said…
Hi, Teresa,
lovely heart!
Is there a join at the ends of row 2 and row 3?
Katie Verna
TattingChic said…
What a sweet little heart! I just might put a link from my blog to this patterns so I can find it later when I want to tat it, if that's okay, if not let me know and I'll remove it. I just purchased a shuttle and some thread from Ladyshuttlemaker so maybe this will be one of the first things I tat with it.
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