Free Pattern: “Butterflies” Tatted Anklet

by C5

I wanted the concept of having butterflies as bracelet or anklet where the wings would really look like they were flapping, not just flat. So I drew my initial concept, with the tatting flow in mind. As I was tatting, however, the pattern changed as I saw fit.

Now, for the pattern…

A friendly note: You can use this free pattern for personal use or for gifting the resulting project. If anyone else is interested in the pattern, please guide them to this post. You cannot sell the pattern nor the resulting project that you have made. Sharing of this post to different social media sites will be appreciated. 🙂

From the image above, there is the first part (top) and the second part (bottom). You do the first part and cut the thread then you reverse the whole length (flip) and do the 2nd part.

Legend:

R = ring

C = chain

JK = Josephine Knot (JK-9 means first half 9x; JK-7/7 means first half 7, and 2nd half 7)

RW = reverse work

+ = join to previous picot

K = single knot as to lock, often to do a RW

p = short picot

pp = longer picot

The C5 lock:

The lock part (those stitches before and after all the butterflies) are done during the first part. I have conceptualized this idea so that I would have no need for metal clasp. The concept is, inserting rings A, B, and C at the left end (look at the anklet) into ring D (right end). Rings B and C are “leaves” and made with Josephine knots to have a pointy bent tip which naturally folds in half. When inserted into ring D, the spread of the leaves will naturally lock in place. You actually may need someone else to unlock it for you.

So, I always start with this lock. I think I should give it a name since I will be using it often, hence, the C5 lock.

Pattern for the C5 lock:

Beginning: (part of Part 1)

R-10

C-10

R-7, 7/7 (jk), 7 (x2)

C-10-3 (the -3 depends on what to do next but for this project, it is to get ready for the first top wing of the butterfly).

End:

C-7

R-20

C-7

JK-9

C-10 (lock 2x and cut thread at the very end)

(You can repeat the C-7 and the JK-9 a couple more times if you would like a longer dangling end.)

The butterflies:

From the C-10-3 at the end of the beginning above, continue with:

A:

R-3+5p1pp1p5p3

C-1p1

R-3+4p1pp1p4p3

K, RW

C-3+7p3

K, RW

repeat A 9x (or as many butterflies as you need)

at the end of the last butterfly,

C-3+7p7

JK-9, continue with the End of the C5 lock.

Part 2:

insert thread through the C-1p1 of the first butterfly, then…

R-3+(join to the picot of the first wing)5p1pp1p5p3

C-1+(join to the picot of the first half of the butterfly, the middle section)1

R-3+4p1pp1p4p3

K, RW

C-3+7p3

K, RW

B:

R-3+5p1pp1p5p3

R-3+(join to the picot of the first wing)5p1pp1p5p3

C-1+(join to the picot of the first half of the butterfly, the middle section)1

R-3+4p1pp1p4p3

K, RW

C-3+7p3

K, RW

Repeat B 8x (or as many butterflies you have to complete)

at the end of the last butterfly,

C-3+7p7

K into the JK9 2x, cut thread

-End of pattern-

Here’s a closer look at the drawn pattern:

Any questions or concerns, please feel free to comment below. 🙂

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