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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Magic Square Pattern is in the Shop

The Magic Square pattern is now available in my Etsy shop as an instant digital download (click here). This is what the 7 page pattern looks like printed out:

I spent many hours trying to come up with written instructions, but in the end I decided to go with diagrams only as I just could not convey the pattern properly with text. The pattern file includes four diagrams showing different options that you can make with the design, as well as a short pictorial page showing how to build the squares.

Overall, I had enough time to tat three of the options. These options are just a starting point, and you can certainly go beyond what is shown in the diagrams. You can also tat a very large triangle (instead of a square) to form a shawl. All patterns are completed in one continuous round.

Option #1 is the smallest, and easiest to tat:

Option #2 is a little larger, but not too difficult:

Option #3 would have taken an extra 30+ hours to make, so I don't have any images of it. It would look similar to connecting four Option #1 squares together into a larger square (all of these Magic Squares double as repeatable squares).

Option #4, which I have been showing on my blog over the past few weeks looks like this:

I found it very tricky to keep my place in this large square because it is all tatted in one round. I used lines of symmetry to remember where I was in the pattern, constantly tatting mirror images of what was on the other side. At this size, it's nearly impossible to follow a diagram...definitely not for beginners!

If you have any questions or are confused about parts of the pattern I am always here to help. You can contact me through my Etsy shop, the contact form on the sidebar of my blog, or by email which can be found on the About Me page. Please do check your junk folder for replies, as they often get stuck in there!

Monday, November 21, 2016


Here is the completed Magic Square, after spending a bit of time on the blocking board.

I used about 1 ball of DMC Cordonnet Special in size 50, and the project took somewhere around 60 hours to tat. The finished square measures 9.5 inches across and 13 inches diagonally. You can get a better idea of its size in comparison with this blocking board:

I went to a few craft stores looking for a frame, but couldn't find anything I really liked. I was hoping for a round frame and didn't realize that the craft stores around here don't sell them. In the end, I settled for an inexpensive square frame, just so that the tatting can be displayed and protected. If I see a nicer frame later on, I can always switch out the tatting.

I've been spending some time trying to write up instructions for this pattern and it's proving to be very challenging! Due to the nature of the design (see here for the possibilities), it requires many diagrams and a sort of "choose your own path" for the written instructions. I'm going to persevere and hope to get it done and posted to my shop in a few weeks.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Progress is slow, but I am now halfway through the magic square.

At this stage, it's still hard to tell how the finished square will look. I think it will take another 3 to 4 weeks before I have it completed.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Progress on the Magic Square

I've been working on making a larger version of the magic square that I wrote about in September. Here is where I am at so far:

Beginning in the corner makes it less fiddly when finishing the square, however, there is also a hidden benefit to starting in this position. Each time a triangle is completed (such as the one pictured above), I have two options. I can work clockwise and continue to make a larger triangle (and thus a larger magic square) or I can work counter clockwise (where the shuttles are placed) to finish the square.

To understand this concept more clearly, picture each magic square as being composed of four triangles. The first, and smallest of the magic squares can be represented like this:

Tatting a slightly larger triangle (a combination of the bottom and rightmost triangles pictured above) creates a new magic square:

Using a simple collage app and drawing app on my iPad, I can get an idea of what each new magic square would look like. Option three, which is how I initially intended to make my magic square, looks like this:

Proceeding even further, a fourth option arises. The first image in this blog post, repeated four times, will yield this result. I like the way this one looks so I'm going forward with this option:

To get really crazy, a fifth option (which I don't have the stamina to complete) would look like this:

All in all, I think this is a really neat experiment and I am excited to see what the finished square will look like.