But I know one sweet Thérèse we can trust...
Pattern is from Tatting by Thérèse de Dillmont, at www.georgiaseitz.com/public/dmclibtat.pdf - Plate III, fig.17
Tatted in one pass, thanks to split rings and split chains, it could have been a wonderful snowflake if tatted with a thicker thread. It's 4cm wide.
Ring for the center: 8 picots separated by 2ds
First row: rings 4+4 (join to center ring); chains 4-4
Second row: ring 4-4; (*)chain 3-2-3 [floating ring 1-1-1-1] 3-2-3 ; ring 4+4(join to previos ring); join thread from first shuttle to the picot in first row; ring 4-4; with second shuttle (thread from chain) ring 4ds. Repeat all around from * and join the last ring to the first.
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