There is no chance this will ever lay flat. Even with LOTS of coaxing. The rings are all overlapping. I looked and looked at the pattern and I have followed it correctly. I must tat very differently from Mr. Fikkert. This will take a lot of amending to make it work for me. It's now on the back burner. Sad face.
On a positive note, I have finished my red cardigan while on our week's Easter holiday. But I have not yet attached buttons to it. Thank you for all your nice comments about the tatted frogs but I'm not convinced I will like the black contrast after all. It makes it look a little too oriental (nothing wrong with that but I'm not sure that's the look I'm after for this cardigan). Could be I just use the buttons on their own… or I may try the frogs in a different colour (though I'm limited in the number of size 10 colours I have). Will update when I make a decision. For now I'm enjoying wearing it buttonless!
Lastly, I have started a new knitting project. My youngest (boy) said - to my delight - that he wanted a sweater for his birthday next month. He came with me to the wool shop and chose the colour - a very bright shade of grass green! But he wanted me to choose the pattern and surprise him. He likes nature and bugs so I decided to make a diamond/leaf pattern on the front of the sweater which I thought would suit the bright green colour nicely.
Now for the title of this post "Old Dog New Tricks"… I completely changed the way I tat a few years ago when I started tatting again. More efficient, faster. Then when I enjoyed making my crochet blankets (and other items), I also changed the way I crochet. Going from the pencil hold to the knife hold which I find much easier on the wrists and also much more efficient. So NEXT, I had been revisiting the way I knit. I tried all sorts of different things (some of you will have seen my musings on this and thank you to all of you for comments and to Megan for sending me knitting pins to try!). I tried holding the yarn with the right hand and with the left hand. I have finally come up with what works for me. Everybody says continental knitting is more efficient… perhaps yes, but for the knit stitch only. The purl stitch always looks cumbersome and difficult to make. So I'm now still knitting English style (throwing) but I don't "throw" anymore. I have modified my hand hold so that I never let go of the needle while I knit. I now hold closer to the tip of the needle and just do a little flick of the index finger to get the wool around the needle. It's a much smaller movement, quicker and more efficient.
So there you go. You may have worked the same way for many many years and think you are completely set in your style and that you can't change. But you can if you want to. I like efficiency - in all things. Needlework projects always involve a lot of time so if I can speed things up a bit, it's a good thing as far as I'm concerned. I'm happy to have persevered (it felt very awkward at first to change the way I knit - you have to put up with being slower to start with before you get comfortable with a new style) and am now happy this new way of knitting is much better, and getting quicker, for me.
Old Dogs New Tricks? Definitely.