Jon has been working on the mystery doily for a little while and it's looking great. Then Fox started on it... then I saw a thread on In Tatters about it.... so I thought I needed to give it a try!
The cream version is the one I started on first. Then I found, like Jon, that there was too much tension and in my case, there was no way I could get the 8 repeats called for in the first round. Six was all I could manage. So then I read the thread over at In Tatters and Rachael gave a different stitch count for the chains and also for the cluster of rings on the inside. I started again with the green thread and now it works beautifully!
Now I can't guarantee I'll get to the end of this but the beauty of this pattern is that it's just a slightly different arrangement of the joins between the rows that creates variety in the doily; the rounds all have the same stitch count for the rings and for the chains. This makes it an incredibly easy pattern to remember and to take around with you (you know I always carry tatting with me wherever I go) without needed to carry a pattern along as well.
The tiny rings and really short chains make for a lot of reversing work and slows down progress quite a bit I was finding... that was until I saw Karen's comment at In Tatters: do not reverse work for the chains, just tat them unflipped! What a great suggestion. This has improved speed of progress greatly.
But what about the colour? Now I've started again with the green, I wonder whether I shouldn't have used the cream instead. Or should I use more than one colour? Ah, decisions... decisions...
Oh, and I was nearly forgetting: I've uploaded a new video on Jane's blipless join. Apologies again the sound is still low (not figured out how to fix that yet... short of shouting which I can't bear to do!) but I hope you can hear well enough if you turn your computer volume to the max!