So the great news is that as soon as you've made the first chain, you can remove the paperclip and carry on tatting unhindered by the clip! I'm really pleased with that as now you don't have to keep worrying about flipping the paperclip out of the way or getting your thread tangled around it as you work.
You just must make sure that you start with an unflipped second half of the stitch, pull that tight against your paperclip and then carry on with a flipped second half of the stitch and that counts as your first double stitch.
Just thought I would let you know.
Now back to tatting....