BUT... and it's a big but, though the pattern now makes sense, I'm finding it's not fitting properly. I reversed the linking chain (between repeats) because I found there was a lot of tension on that chain which was distorting it (and you can see that on some of the ice crystal doilies I've looked at on internet) as well as on the photo that accompanies the pattern. But I'm finding that there is not enough space between repeats which means that after four repeats, I still do not have a semi-circle and therefore I won't be able to close the circle when I reach 8 repeats. I don't know where I'm going wrong!
It doesn't look too bad on the photo below after 5 repeats but it's not lying flat at all! It's "cupping" badly. And see where the linking chain is? Imagine that chain curving the other way, it would end up being on top of or under the two chains either side.
I ended up cutting the connecting chains to see how it would naturally lie and this is the gap between repeats that I'm getting. What should I do? It must be me since I've seen many of those doilies and they seem to fit fine after 8 repeats. Am I missing something?
Looks to me like I'd have space for an extra design element between the repeats.... but that can't be right.
The other thing I have found is that there are lots of discrepancies between the photo and the written pattern. Many joins are not indicated on the pattern although they appear to be made on the photo and in the pattern, some rings have 6 picots and others have 5 although on the photo, all rings seem to have 5 picots. Same problem with the chains!
I have tried to look up the thread about this doily on Craftree that someone mentioned but have not located it so far.
Still... I won't be defeated! Many people have successfully tatted this doily. Surely I can do it too!