Actually, it’s the tatted cross of doom, but that doesn’t sound nearly as good. Ever had one of those projects that really seemed like such a goof idea at the time… (oh, dear, talk about a Freudian slip. That was supposed to be GOOD idea, but goof is so much closer to the truth.)
I fell in love with a pattern on Ben Fikkert’s website http://bentats.nl/ The Josephine Cross. Something of a challenge, but so worth the effort. It needs Self Closing Mock Rings – done those, Josephine Rings – think I can do those. I had plans. I had 60 thread. I was going to tat this pattern!
And I did. All the difficult bits! But what I couldn’t do was count the @#$%^ picots. And naturally only discovered my mistake when coming up the other side and trying to join to a picot that wasn’t there… Please note that tatting cannot be pulled out. Each stitch is a double knot that has to be undone (retro-tatted, if you want to be fancy). Also note that it is MUCH slower going backwards than it is going forwards.
I finished the cross – mistakes and all. It will be a bookmark. And the next one will be better.
P.S. Later update. I have had the bookmark of doom as well. And this is a pattern I’ve done a number of times. I’m always telling my music students – play what’s there, not what you think is there…