How to Use Paper Clips As Picot Gauges in Tatting

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How to Use Paper Clips As Picot Gauges in Tatting
Making a paper clip into a picot gauge is easy. (paper clip image by AGphotographer from

Tatting is the process of making a durable, snowflake-like lace by knitting a series of knots and loops. These loops are made by making double stitches over a core thread. Gaps are often left between these double stitches, both for ease of construction and for aesthetic purposes. These gaps are called picots, and by making a picot gauge you can ensure a uniform size among them.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Set your paper clip down, so both the inner point and the outer point are facing to the right.

  2. 2

    Cut the inner bend of the paper clip off.

  3. 3

    Cut the paper clip slightly after the curve on the right.

  4. 4

    Make a cut after the left bend of the paper clip. This will remove that side entirely, which is exactly what you want.

  5. 5

    Bend the remaining curve into an eye loop.

  6. 6

    Tie a thread to the eye loop.

  7. 7

    Tie a slipknot on the other end of the string. This is to slip your thumb into. You are now ready to start using the paper clip as a picot gauge.

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