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Thursday, 14 August 2014

italian mixed salad

That's what I did with the pattern. It was a lot of fun, but next time I promise to follow Patty Dowden's instructions from start to end (…).

My gauge: 10 ds with thread dmc size 40 measure 1 cm.

GENERALS: all rings are 3-3-3-3.
All short chains between rings are 3 ds.
All long "S" chains are:
- coming from outside to internal cluster of rings: 7ds, join to previous "S" chain, 6ds, normal picot, 7ds, lock join to ds of last ring, reverse work, 6ds, small picot, 6ds.
- coming from internal cluster of ring: 6ds, join to previous "S" chain, 6ds, leave space for a picot, first half of ds, 1ds, reverse work, adjust last ds and do 6ds more, join to last picot of previous ring, 6ds, normal picot, 7ds.

ROUND 1) I've followed Vickie Reynolds' indications for clusters' repetitions. Total external repetitions: 8.

ROUND 2) the same. Total external repetitions: 16.

ROUND 3) the same. Total external repetitions: 32.

ROUND 4) I've followed Patty Dowden's indications for clusters' repetitions. No changes in my stitches' count. Total external repetitions: 48.

ROUND 5) I've started some variations. Outside clusters are all formed by 5 rings. Inside clusters are: 6 rings, 6 rings, 5 rings, then repeat the sequence; central ring of a cluster of 5 is joined with a swirl join, taking 2 picots of previous round: second last ring and second ring of 2 clusters below. Total external repetitions: 48.

ROUND 6) Outside clusters are all formed by 6 rings. Inside clusters are: 6 rings, 6 rings, 6 rings 5 rings, 5 rings (this pair is joined as clusters in the 3rd round); then repeat the sequence.
Total external repetitions: 60.

Round 7???



  1. Gorgeous !!! Simply Incredible :-)

  2. The doily looks amazing as is. Sounds like a very tedious tat. I don't have the patience to tat it but I'm glad you did.

  3. Thank you very much, I had a lot of fun and learned from this doily indeed. I tried to add another round but I didn't like it and will stay as it is. But I've been distracted by something else, too!

  4. Mixed salad indeed! It is fabulous. Congratulations - this is one of the most demanding patterns I have ever tatted, so I know what effort goes into completing it. Got to love those aunts!
    Fox : ))

  5. Thank you!
    Fox, I've got many aunts and a lot more since I've started this blog! ;) I love you all!

  6. Beautiful. You have encouraged me to try this one again.


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.