Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sharon Briggs' Dec 2015 snowflake

Sharon posted this lovely snowflake on her blog, and then graciously yielded to pleas from her readers and shared the pattern.
Sharon Briggs_December 2015
The above snowflake is slightly different from the pattern as written (I altered the chains pointing out toward the tips in round 1 and 2 from 5-5 to 7-7) because when I made it using the original stitch counts it looked like this - lovely, and the radial bars are even more striking, but not quite the same look.  I like it both ways, though if I had known the chains in the outside round would touch, I would have joined them so they were neater.
Sharon Briggs_December 2015

Getting a different look (or needing to alter stitch counts slightly to get the same look) is due to different people having different tension while tatting, and doesn't mean there is anything wrong with either the pattern or the tatter.  It affects this pattern because it is so intricate and tightly joined - in a looser pattern, it might not be noticeable at all.