Top left was my first try with four leaves but although it was flattened by the scan, this was just too tight with the original stitch count on the centre ring and it frilled a lot. Second version, top right, has an inside ring of 2-2-2-2-2-2-2 (7 picots separated by 2 ds) and that works well. Bottom left is the original with three leaves. But my favourite is still the bottom right one, made without a centre ring. I think the leaves on that one have the best shape. But if you were to make that one with four leaves, the space in the centre would end up too big so I think it's best with three leaves.
I think I'll play with this a bit more to improve the shape of the leaf of the version with a centre ring. Perhaps by just making the leaf ring larger and the chains around it shorter, this will give it a shape more to my liking.
I visited Craftree yesterday. I must admit I've not been a very frequent visitor since the move over from In Tatters (I miss the old website). There I found this pattern for a little heart by Brintinpa (can be found under the "Members Patterns" section. It's called "Kiss Curl Heart"… I rather like the name!
On the bottom version, I changed the small ring to a SCMR which helps give more of a pointy shape.
So if you need a really quick little motif to send on a card to someone, I think this is great. My thanks to the designer. It's also good practice to make a nice long smooth chain! You have to make sure each ds is exactly the same height as the one before if you want the curve to be really smooth. Mine are not perfect by any means… and I didn't do a very good job of sewing ends in either! It's good that there's always room for improvement… keeps you on your toes. :-)