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Tatting involves more than making a lot of rings and chains; you’ll also need to join them together to make the designs. This is where picots come in really handy.

Useful for more than frilly decorations, picots also allow us to join two or more elements together. The process is pretty simple, too.

Essentially, you’ll pass your crochet hook through the picot you want to join to, pick up the working thread and pull that up through the picot. This will create a little loop, which you pass your shuttle through, then pull the extra thread from the loop back out. And that’s your join. Make at least one more double stitch to hold the join in place.

For visual learners, here’s the video tutorial:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrgggqePA5s]

Happy tatting!

This post is part of a series of Absolute Beginner Tatting Lessons. Go back to the previous lesson, Tatting Vocabulary Primer, or jump ahead to the next lesson, Reading Patterns and Making Projects, Part 1.

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