Linda in NM asked: “How do I tell which half of the stitch I just did? I’m tatting and get distracted, and then when I look back I don’t know if I just did the first half or second half. Help!”
This is a very common question. With practice you will become more confident in spotting what each half stitch looks like, and here’s a primer to help speed that up. Ready? Set. GO:
Here’s a whole double stitch, in giant cording so you can see it clearly:
This is what the first half stitch looks at the end of other stitches. It doesn’t look exactly the same, because the thread to make the stitch is attached to the previous stitch, but there are similarities. The thread crosses over the core thread and comes up in front on the left half of the stitch. Right now it is coming up vertically, but in a moment that will be pulled to the right to make the second half stitch.
Here is the second half stitch, again as it would look on your hand if that was the first stitch you made. The working thread comes in front from the left and wraps around the core thread, closing the stitch on the right side.
Test your stitch spotting skills. Are you ready for a challenge? In this picture there are five whole double stitches, and several random half stitches. See if you can find them all, and identify which half is which. ONLY SCROLL DOWN WHEN YOU ARE READY FOR THE ANSWER KEY.
Need a hint? There are six randomly placed half stitches.
Need another hint? There are three of each half stitch.
Are you ready for the answer key? Scroll down a bit more.