He knows my name!

My life verse: "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel." (Isaiah 45:3). For me, "the treasures of darkness" has been the medically-treated depression that I have suffered off and on with for years. More than anything else in my life, I think this has made me realize how much my Savior loves me and has deepened my relationship with God. The "hidden riches of secret places" are my wonderful family and this fabulous craft--tatting! I thank God for both!
I think it is awesome that God knows my name! Did you know that He knows yours?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I.D. Zipper Pulls - A Rose By Any Other Name

This is the pattern I taught at Finger Lakes 2016.  I know it is very similar to several other patterns, some of which have been taught recently at Palmettos, as well as online--but this particular version is my own work--and dates back at least 10 years.  For a pdf of the pattern,     CLICK HERE

“A ROSE by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Zipper Pull, Scissor Fob, Tatting Bag Tag, Keychains….

My grandchildren have these on all their
 diaper bags, jackets, lunchboxes and backpacks!

Wind thread CTM on two shuttles.   (Use 1 foot of  DMC 5 (the kind that is a skein) thread on each shuttle for every ring —example PATRICIA  is 9 rings, 9 feet of thread on each shuttle.)  You will need a crochet hook (I recommend size 10 or smaller.)
Ring 1:    1ds   small picot   13ds   small picot   1ds Close Ring.
Each additional ring is a SPLIT RING like this:
*Split Ring:   1 DS   add bead   join to picot   8 DS   small picot   1 DS / 1 DS   join to picot   8 DS, small picot, 1 DS   use shuttle 1 to finish adding bead to ring and close ring. 
Make sure you are adding the bead to the thread that goes around your hand, not the working shuttle thread!  I use the large coil-less safety pins (2 ¼ inch) found in the jewelry department of Hobby Lobby for holding the beads.  (They leave a large enough space to put a hook into when removed.)
*Repeat until you have only one ring left.
Last Split Ring:  1 DS   add bead   join to picot    9DS  /   1 DS   join to picot   9 DS   using shuttle 1 to finish adding bead to ring and close ring.    Tie charm on with square knot. 
Add 2-3 lengths of leftover thread from your shuttle and tie in an overhand knot.  Trim.
** Bead sizes vary—you may have to adjust the pattern by adding or subtracting a stitch on each side of the split rings because of different bead sizes.
By Patricia Lyn Cobb
August 2016
Here are some VARIATIONS!!  Bracelet made by using jewelry findings at the beginning and the end.  The other zipper pulls are made by working the thread ends into the last split ring.   After teaching this pattern at guild, one of the members, Charissa, told me that she tried this pattern with size 10 thread and did not have to change the directions in order to use these beads..

(photo to the Right)  My friend, Emma, learned how to do split rings at my house while doing this pattern.  She promptly went home and made bracelets for her granddaughter!

I used to purchase all my DMC 5 skeins of thread at Hobby Lobby--but they no longer carry this brand.  I now get this thread from Tatting Corner.  To see their DMC 5 threads CLICK HERE 



  1. Thank you--My friend, Emma, gets all the credit for the bracelets (I think they are adorable!).

  2. Oh I like this idea it is so helpful and beautiful too!

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