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Loops and Chains Choker Tutorial

Tutorial for a simple tatted choker or bracelet.


This is a simple pattern that I adapted from the base of a crown I found in Tatting Patterns and Designs by Gum Blomqvist and Elwy Persson. It reminded me so much of those stretchy “tattoo” chokers from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I started the pattern as a bracelet to test it out, which I made two of. One in variegated green, the other in variegated pink. The next step was to do it in black to simulate the “tattoo” chokers.


The pattern is simple enough to follow. It starts off with a loop consisting of 9 picots with 3 double stitches between each one. Then reverse work, and do a chain with 3 double stitches, picot, 3 double stitches, picot, 3 double stitches, and reverse work.

My Raspberry Swirl bracelet WIP

Raspberry Swirl bracelet WIP

Do this until you have reached the desired length, then along the top do a mirror of the chains along the bottom (3ds, p, 3ds, p, 3ds) and join each end to the center picot at the top of each ring. I find that with size 8 thread, 3 sets measures about an inch long.

Green Swirl bracelet

Green Swirl bracelet

You can add a clasp and short chain to make it adjustable, regular clasp closing, or a loop and button.

The shorthand of the pattern is as follows:

Round 1

(first set)

R: 3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3 RW

Ch: 3-3-3 RW

(regular set)

R: 3-3+3+3-3-3-3-3-3-3 RW

Ch: 3-3-3 RW

(closing set)

R: 3-3+3+3-3-3-3-3-3-3

Repeat until desired length

Round 2

Ch: +3-3-3+


  1. Nice work ! And these are actually back in fashion !!

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