Lots of folks have shown you how to do the Magic Thread Trick (MTT). It's the best thing since sliced bread. But my version is even better, I promise!
Here's my secret: I don't use thread at all for this - I use Floss Threaders! A floss threader can be used over and over again, and it's a cinch to tat over, because it's stiff. (Thread is floppy.) Plus, they come in this nifty little container and they're CHEAP. You can buy them at the drug store, about 25 in a package.
When tatting a ring using floss threaders, always skip the half of the double stitch that's next to the close of the ring. When I'm starting a project & using a floss threader for MTT, I start the ring with a regular half stitch, than tat over the floss threader for the second half. If I need the MTT to come out on the back end of the ring, just don't tat over the second half of the last double stitch. the one that finished the ring. Here I'm starting a ring - I slip the tail into the second half of the double stitch.
And continue tatting over the floss threader's tail.....
Until I'm at least 5 DS in. I usually stop tatting over the floss threader at a picot. Then finish the ring...
And pull tight. Pull the floss threader's tail so that just a bit of the loop sticks out, about 1/2 inch. (I need to pull the tail in a bit here.) Make sure the loop sticks out the bottom of the ring!
Leave the floss threader in. When you are almost finished tatting your project, put a floss threader in your last ring or chain and finish. (FYI - for a chain, don't skip the half stitch, just do all DS.) Then knot the thread ends together, and put each thread end into one of the floss threader's loops. Then pull out the threader and trim the thread ends. Voila - you're done! Cool, huh?
I reuse my floss threaders over and over. You can use floss threaders for other things too. Yarnplayer has a great tutorial on adding beads with them.
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