I’m still fascinated by the work of the late, great tatter, Mary Konior. I’ve got two of her books – Tatting Patterns (Batsford: 1989) and Tatting with Visual Patterns (Lacis: 1992, 2002). My all-time favorite of her patterns is Queen of Hearts, found in Tatting with Visual Patterns.
I will tat this one again, as I like the pattern (and it’s quick ‘n easy). I think, though, I’ll make the joining picots very small; I think the motif would look neater. I did start with one of the small rings at the top and finished with a split chain so I wouldn’t have to worry about dealing with the ends, as I usually do a chain to finish it. Notice that this one ends with a double chain – I like how it turned out, but I still had two ends to hide! Next time, when I make the ring at the end of the first chain, I’ll make the picot very long – then when I finish the other chain, I’ll do a split ring and clip the threads. I’ll clip open the long picot on the first ring, and both will match.
I just had another thought for a finishing chain - split rings, but uneven ones, alternating. Hmm...I'll try it and let you know if it works!