Tatted Rose Motif

Tatted purple rose

I am delighted with the way this little rose motif turned out.

The original pattern (in Christmas Angels and Other Tatting Patterns by Monica Hahn)  surrounded the rose with plain rings connected by chain loops, and it just didn’t seem worthy of the beautiful rose center.  So I tatted green clovers to encircle it instead.

I think it’s the prettiest motif I’ve done so far!

I’m including a photo of the original pattern so you can see the difference.

I still have to do a couple more motifs to finish the framed wall  tatting display that I am working on.

Photo of the original pattern


  1. Ann

     /  March 19, 2011



  2. Marie

     /  March 19, 2011

    You have done a beautiful job revising this pattern. It’s much prettier than the original one. Thanks for sharing.


    • Thanks for your comment, Marie. I’ve only been tatting for 6 months now, and it took me a while to figure out the spacing. 🙂


  3. Sherry Ashberger

     /  March 27, 2011

    I just found your blog and had fun clicking through quite a few entries! Just want to say that YOUR version of the rose motif is the prettiest I’ve seen – and I’ve done a LOT of looking on the internet the past couple of months!! I’ve just come back to tatting after MANY DECADES of being away from it and I still haven’t had the nerve to try one of those! Keep up the good work!!
    We live in south central Kansas – if you’re ever coming through this way, email me and maybe you can drop by and stay with us a few days!


  4. Hi, Sherry. I was afraid to tackle it, too! I didn’t know how to make picots at the beginning of chains. But once I figured that out, it was easy.

    Thanks so much for your comment. I haven’t been to Kansas yet, but if we get a more reliable camper, we plan to venture farther West.

    We will definitely email you if and when we make it up there.

    Thanks again! 🙂


  5. Robin Wallis

     /  January 20, 2012

    I love this rose! So much so that I bought the Monica Hahn book that includes the pattern for the center. Would you please post instructions for the revision that you made? I can probably figure it out by looking at it, but if you give me directions, it would be better. Or perhaps you would email it to me? I will not post my email address, unless you reply that you want it. Thank you.


    • Robin, later tonight I will count the stitches in the clovers and post it here for you. I am delighted that you like it that much! 🙂


      • Robin Wallis

         /  January 21, 2012

        Awesome! Thank you.


        • Robin, I made a couple of corrections on the pattern that you may not have seen, so you might want to copy the one I just edited.

          Good luck, and so sorry for the poor directions!



    • Robin, I am horrible at writing patterns, but I will try.

      R1: 4ds, p, (2ds, p) 4 times, 6ds, close. Do not turn.
      R2: 6ds, j to last p in previous ring, (ds, p) 5 times, 6ds, close. Do not turn.
      R3: 6ds, j to last picot of previous ring, (2ds, p) 4 times, 4ds, close. Turn
      C: 9ds, j to picot on rose, 9 ds

      Repeat clovers, joining the 3rd picot of the first ring to the picot right of center on the previous ring. It will leave one picot standing up in the center of the ring. Do not turn.

      Join the second ring to the last picot on the previous ring, then (ds,p) 5 times, 6 ds, close. Do not turn.

      Ring 3, 6ds, j to last picot of previous ring, (2ds, p) 4 times, 4 ds.


      I attached the chain to the rose on every 4th picot except where where there was no 4th adjoining picot on the rose. Then I counted the skipped space as a picot and attached the chain to the 3 rose picot.

      I apologize profusely for not being better at explaining what I did. If you look at the finished clovers, there will be one picot sticking up on the small rings. The joining picots on the big ring are pulled to the side so there are 4 picots sticking up on it.

      If it doesn’t look right to you after you do a couple of clovers, you can adjust the pattern to make it work for you.


  6. Robin Wallis

     /  January 24, 2012

    Thanks so much Sharon! I found some variegated red thread (Lizbeth) and some dark green. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.


  7. I bet the red will work up beautifully! Wish I could see how it turns out, too! 🙂


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