A Small Motif using Cluny Leaves

Motif picture

This version was tatted by Sue Hanson, her first ever piece with Cluny leaves. The two colour effect is not difficult, but does require use of the shoelace trick to swap colours. Sue has instructions for some interwoven Celtic tatting on her web page.

Motif diagram

I recommend using two shuttles for this pattern.

The pattern could be done with a shuttle and ball, but making the leaves is more difficult.

I used an old unidentified thread, about size 40, with about 5 yards of thread on each shuttle.

The one and only round:

*R:7 - 4 - 3, CLR.

R:3 + (to last picot made) 4 - 4 - 3, CLR.

R:3 + (to last picot made) 4 - 7, CLR, RW.

Cluny leaf, 12 wraps (the number of wraps is not that important, but try to make all your leaves the same number of wraps).

CH:3, 5 picots separated by 3 double stitches, 3. Do not reverse work.

Cluny leaf, 12 wraps.

Repeat from * five times, but on first ring of clover instead of first picot join to last picot on previous clover.

You may need to do more or less repeats to get the motif to lie flat in a different size thread.

At end join last picot of last ring to first picot on first ring in first clover.

Copyright Steph Peters 27 December 1996.


R = ring

5 = number of double stitches

- = picot

s- = picot small enough to barely squeeze the finest crochet hook through

+ = join

CH = chain

RW = reverse work

CLR = close ring

A larger design with Cluny leaves was made as part of a round robin I was in.

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