Some good beginner tatting patterns include a flower pendant from Instructables or the eight easy snowflake patterns that are listed on Tatted Treasures. Additionally, the tatting editor for Bella Online has found a set of patterns for bookmarks that are easy enough for beginning tatters to tackle.
The pattern available from Instructables also functions as a tatting lesson, including photos and text explanations for the basic stitches that are used so that beginning tatters need not rely solely on the written pattern.
Crafters looking for additional beginning patterns for tatting can find many freely available patterns by searching on Pinterest. Patterns tagged as being easy for beginners include many small items, such as earrings and other jewelry.
Tatted Treasures also has a series of video tutorials that teaches beginning tatters or refreshes the skills of those who have tatted before. The videos include directions for basic stitches and the tools of tatting, as well as how tatting patterns are read. An additional menu item on the site provides tips and tricks for those who have completed the lessons and want to further develop their skills, including a random questions section that helps with some of the issues that arise with tatting.