As I wrote there, I had to cut off the yellow part of the doily because of the reasons stated. After being distracted with some other tatting project, I picked it up again and re-tat that round.
This particular round is made up of individual 4-rings clovers. The rings are huge with two having 45 ds each, (the actual pattern has 54 ds). The smallest ring has is 33 ds which is quite manageable. But for large rings, they do cause some problems when closing. .
Each of the 4-rings clovers is tatted and joined to the previous round individually. I don't like the thought of hiding 12 pairs of ends, so I used split rings to go to the next set of rings. After, working this round, I think I have the issue of large rings down pat. This is how I do it;
My usual problem would be, the ring thread becomes all twisted as it grew smaller and end up in a knot. What I try to do is to minimise this.
Before I loop the thread round my fingers, I let the shuttle hang to straighten any twist already in the thread.
Then, every 10 or so double stitches, I let it hang again to remove new twist that occurs as the knots are made.
After the last ds is made, I smoothen out the ds, form the shape of a ring and bring the last ds close to the first ds.
I hold the shape of the ring between my thumb and two fingers and start to pull the shuttle thread to close the ring. When there is only about one cm left of the loop, I hold the shuttle thread closer to the ring and start pulling it in a circular motion clockwise.
Following this method, I did not get much twist in the loop thread and the rings close quite smoothly.
|Round 3 started|
I had a feeling that I should not be too eager to start on Round 3, and I was right. As soon as I read the instructions for the second ring of the next round (Round 4), I realised that I should have done Round 3 differently. So, whatever that I have tatted as shown in the pic above will be cut off and I will start again.