I like the look of interlocking rings. As most people know, I'm a shuttle tatter, but my previous experience of making interlocking rings with a shuttle was not enjoyable. They have a life of their own when made with a shuttle and I got them wrong as many times as I got them right! After some trial and error, it still seemed a mystery to me when they did work out!
Last night, I was inspired to have another go and thought "why not make the interlocking part with a needle and then carry on with a shuttle?" Interlocking rings with a needle are easy. So this is what I did for the motif above. I made five interlocking rings and then used a shuttle and ball to complete the following two rounds. I just improvised as I went along.
I'm no expert with the needle and I think I need to firm up those centre rings a bit more so they keep their shape better when making the next rounds but I like the overall look of this.
So why not use both needle AND shuttle if you can?
And another brief update on the Butterfly doily (are you fed up with it yet?): I'm now more than halfway through round 15... it has 112 repeats, so that's 336 small rings, two thirds of which are split rings! It currently measures nearly 20 inches across.