I've been tatting and watching Downton Abbey - Amazon makes it available for free for their Prime customers (along with some nifty other benefits) and it's cheaper than Hulu Plus (nyaaaah, Hulu!). Today I tatted one of Mary Konior's crosses.
This is Mark My Words, found in A Pattern Book of Tatting. I fudged it a bit; if you look closely, you'll see that it's not exactly as written:
- The center rings in the trefoils aren't as large as given in the pattern; I only tatted 4 DS between the join to the previous ring and the first decorative picot, and there are only five instead of seven.
- The outer rings in the trefoils aren't 2-6-8; they're 2-7-7. Same overall DS count for the rings, but I think they fit better at the joins this way.
- The long chains are now lock chains (first half flipped, second half not flipped); the equivalent of nine DS for each chain, and they're nice and straight.
- I started with the third ring of the top trefoil and worked around to the other side of the trefoil - after tatting that ring, I tatted a split ring to exit from the top; I'm working on the chain now, and haven't decided how to finish it. I can do a tassel or a mini-cross (and have ends to hide) - and I'll need to decide soon, as I see that I'm running out of Scottish Thistle on the blue shuttle.