There is one more snowflake that I sent in for the Palmetto Tat Days quilt. It was the last one I made before the deadline date for mailing and I think it turned out really pretty.
It is The Second Day of December snowflake from Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting book. Instead of tatting it in two rounds, I chose to do a split chain to move into the second round. I have to say that for the longest time, I avoided all patterns having a split chain because I just could not get the hang of it. Well I was bound and determined not to let this technique get the better of me so I searched for all the help I could find online and practiced them over and over until I figured it out and could make them match the rest of my tatting.
I've been looking for patterns with split chains now because I'm fascinated with them and they really are a nice way to transition from one row to another. When I saw this snowflake in her book, I had to try it and I'm glad I did. It's a very easy snowflake pattern (with or without the split chain) and works up quickly - two of the things I like most - fast and easy patterns.
If you haven't mastered the dreaded split chain, don't give up yet. Just keep watching the videos that other tatters so graciously make for us and look for help online - you'll get it with a little more practice. I know you will!