Is "Reverse Stitch" the most common way of calling those stitches? Do you like it? In some ways I think it makes it simple: double stitches (ds) and reverse stitches (rs) and would work well for pattern writing. So far when I have needed such stitches in my pattern, I have explained what was needed rather than using a name.
Here are two samples that show the same piece of tatting, the first done with regular reverse work where you work the chain stitches on the back side and the second with using the method mentioned in the previous post where you do not reverse work and tat the chain stitches from the the front but unflipped, the order of these stitches is reversed when they are not flipped and you do the 2nd half of the stitch first, followed by the first half; hence I suppose, they are "reverse stitches".
A few things strike me as I examine the photo above of a very simple row of rings and chains. First of all, I'm always surprised by how pretty I think even really simple tatting looks! That may seem like a silly statement but it always reminds me that you do not need to do anything fancy or know complicated techniques to produce some very pretty lace. Don't you think?
The first three chains are tatted in the traditional way by reversing work and the last three chains are tatted from the front with reverse stitches. The second thing that strikes me is that the curve of the chain is slightly different. It's only very subtle but it's there. And the third thing I noticed is that the picots when done with reverse stitches have a slightly different shape to picots done in with double stitches. Can you see how picots in the last three chains appear closer together and a bit more elongated whereas the ones done with double stitches (first three chains) are more rounded.
One disadvantage I can see of this method is that it always requires two shuttles whereas on a simple pattern with just plain rings and chains and the traditional method, you could work with only one shuttle and ball.
On the other hand, one big advantage is that you have automatic front-side/back-side tatting (that's if you like fs/bs tatting of course!). I tend to find counting my stitches confusing with fs/bs tatting, but not when doing it this way.
In conclusion, I'd like to know if those stitches are to be called "reverse stitches" - is that the most commonly used term? And what should the method be called (of doing rings with regular stitches and chains with reverse stitches)?
Thanks for any input!