I remember reading this poem as a child. It came back to me now as I was posting this particular tatted cross. I googled this as I google my tatting patterns.

When I first posted my tatted cross on FB, I mentioned it there as I mention it here… the colour and the shape both symbolize life. In saying this, I haven’t said it all. Infact, I’ve said little. But if you do know what I am talking about then you do know all.

A Cross in My Pocket
 ©  Mrs. Verna Mae Thomas

I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic,
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn’t meant to protect me
From every physical harm.

It’s not for identification
For all the world to see
It’s simply an understanding
Between my Savior and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or a key
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me, too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do and say.

It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.

So, I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life
If only I’ll let Him be.

 Suggestions: Follow the pattern…even better follow the Man on the cross…

The Link: http://www.intatters.com/showthread.php?3337-Easy-tatted-cross

ch- chain, r – ring, p – picot, j – join, rw – reverse work
ch 5
r 4 p 4 p 4 p 4
*ch 4 p 4
r 4 j 4 p 4 p 4(to last p of previous r)
Rep from * til there are 7 rings
ch 4 p 4 p 4 p 4 This is the inside corner
+ r 4 p 4 j 4 p 4(to middle p of previous ring)
ch 4 p 4
r 4 j 4 p 4 p 4(to last p of previous r)
ch 4 p 4
r 4 j 4 p 4 p 4(to last p of previous r)
ch 2
r 2 j 2 p 2 p 2(to last picot of prev r)
ch 2
r 4 j 4 p 2 lp 2 p 4 p 4(to last picot of prev r)
ch 2
r 2 j 2 p 2 p 2(to last picot of prev r)
ch 2
r 4 j 4 p 4 p 4(to last picot of prev r)
ch 4 p 4
r 4 j 4 p 4 p 4(to last p of previous r)
ch 4 p 4
r 4 j 4 p 4 p 4(to last p of previous r)+
ch 4 j(to last p on long ch) 4 p 4 p 4
ImageRepeat from + to +
ch 4 j(to last p on long ch) 4 p 4 p 4
Repeat from + to +
ch 4 j(to last p on long ch) 4 p 4 j(to first picot on first long chain) 4
r 4 p 4 j(to middle p of prev ring) 4 p 4
#ch 4 j 4 (to p on corresponding chain)
r 4 j 4 p 4 p 4(to last p of previous r
Repeat from # 5 times
ch 5

 

Tie beginning and ending with an overhand knot, cut 2 inches from end for a tassel
Take a 24 inch thread and double it, put it through the top picot of the cross and twist into a rope ending with an overhand knot

I carry a cross in my pocket…

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