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The nuns, who did such beautiful tatting and filet crochet work for the altar and vestments, also made these wonderful tassels for the ends of the priests’ cinctures. They can be made in any liturgical color but black or white were the usual choices.  This pattern is from a little book of religious crochet items from the 1930’s from Star brand thread which is now out of print.  These are quick and easy to make and might make a welcome addition to your sacristy.

Materials
Crochet cotton thread size 20 (1 300-yd ball will make 3 tassels)
Steel crochet hook No. 11

Cap for Tassel: Ch 5, join to form a ring, work 6 sc in ring (do not join rnds).
Rnd 2 2 sc in ea sc
Rnd 3 * 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * 5 times.
Rnd 4 * 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * 5 times.
Rnd 5 * 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * 5 times.
Rnd 6 * 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * 5 times. (36 sc)
Work 8 rounds of sc even, then sl st to next st.
Rnd 15 Work puff sts. (Puff st: Ch 3, thread over, insert needle in same space with ch 3, thread over and pull through, thread over, insert needle in same space, thread over and pull through, thread over, insert needle in same space, thread over and pull through, thread over and pull through all loops but one, thread over and pull through remaining loops) skip 3 sc, sc in next sc, repeat puff sts all around.
Row 16 Sl st over ch-3 of puff st of previous rnd and work a puff st, sc over ch-3 of next puff st, repeat puff sts all around. Work 2 more rnds of puff sts, break thread.

Tassel Over a 5 inch cardboard wind thread 300 times, cut through one end, with a long thread tie through center, draw the long thread through center ring of cap. Attach thread and work in sc over the thread about 18 inches, fasten in tassel under cap and cut thread same length as tassel.

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