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[Cue the ominous music.]

Okay, I’m being overly dramatic. It’s not that bad. Really.

But sometimes that’s what I see in my student’s faces when they show up to class and relate the time (or many times) they tried to learn tatting only to feel snubbed by a knoted thread.

The trick with the double stitch is “transferring,” or “flipping,” the knot from the working thread to the shuttle thread every time. Once you get this down, you can tat just about anything.

In an attempt to make this easier to see, here is my video tutorial on the subject. Yes, it’s a bit longer than many similar video tutes, but I’m trying to make it as blindingly clear as possible. If it’s not that clear, and you still have questions, please leave a comment or shoot me an email.

When you get the hang of the double stitch, and make a bunch of them in a row, you have, wait for it, a chain! Woohoo!

This post is part of a series of Absolute Beginner Tatting Lessons. Go back to the previous lesson, Winding a Shuttle, or jump ahead to the next lesson, The Left Handed Double Stitch.