Ages ago, I promised my cousin a doily. Not because I’m a doily person, or that I tat in order to make doilies. The only doily I own is more the size of coaster, and it was crocheted by my grandmother.
Nevertheless, if you want me to tat you something, I’ll do it, if only for the practice.
What you see above is the first round of a pair of doilies for said cousin, for her birthday, back in June. By my best guess, they’re the sixth start I’ve made.
There was always something wrong with the first five. Spacing. Tension. The junction between rings and chains. Needle size. Then I discovered front- and back-side tatting, and I had to start all over again. And then again, because I was still having trouble with the junction between rings and chains. It’s perhaps the easiest doily pattern ever, all rings and chains, but as long as I wasn’t getting that right it was a problem.
This, however, is the last time I’m starting these doilies, because I’m going to finish them. Soon, I hope—she has another birthday in June!
Project sources: Ruffled Doily #17, Ultimate Book of Tatted Doilies, page 12