Start on a chain, leaving a small picot. I use the method without paperclip (see in the techniques section, tab above). Using these methods, the work is never reversed as you always tat with the front of the work facing you.
|Chain with small starting picot|
The Victorian sets are made as a chain and have four first halves of the double stitch followed by 4 second halves of the double stitch and are marked as vs4^4 (seems appropriate as the sets form little Vs). I will be putting a C in front the vs4^4 as Victorian sets could also be worked in ring form so I'm trying to keep things as clear as possible.
Don't forget: you never reverse work!
This is one whole repeat written out and there are plenty of photos below to illustrate each step.
*Cvsp4-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3 (11 picots)
Join back into your starting picot.
Cvs4^4(x2), place paperclip (or whatever else you wish to use) on your shuttle thread, vs4^4(x4)
SCMR2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2 (8 picots), close the SCMR.
Continue with sets:
Cvs4^4(x2), vsp, vs4^4(x2), remove paperclip and join to that space, vs4^4(x2)
Repeat from *
|Join the chain back into the starting vsp|
|vs4^4(x2) are made and I used a bobby pin on my thread|
which works well as it has a nice width and is easy
to put on and take off the thread. A satefy pin
or a paperclip is fine too of course.
|vs4^4(x6) are completed and I have made the SCMR.|
I just need to pass my shuttle through the loop to close it.
|vs4^4(x2), vsp, vs4^4(x2) are made after the SCMR|
and I have removed the bobby pin and joined in that small space.
|After the join, continue with 2 more vs4^4 and then|
4-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3, curl this chain back on itself,
making sure the ball thread is under and the shuttle thread is over.
|Carry on making the Victorian sets, making sure the first stitch is tight|
and made so that the join is
between the 1st and 2nd ds of the chain that
makes the large ring.
|After the large ring, vs4^4(x2), place paperclip (or whatever else you are using)|
vs4^4(x2), join to vsp of previous chain
then continue with the SCMR of the small flower
|And so on, and so forth...|
The original pattern does the join all around the Victorian sets chains but I wasn't finding that easy to do so that's why I used the paperclip and the vsp instead. I find it give a precise joining point whereas when trying to do the join all around the chain, it was hard to get an accurate spot every time.
I hope this is useful to those who were interested in tackling this doily. I have just finished the tatting of mine tonight and am now on the search for some nice fabric for the middle. Hopefully I can show you the finished doily very soon.