Diane: Final Pattern

Diane Pattern Completed
The final result of the pattern I created for my 2014 snowflake I call Diane. Modified in 2015 to remove a plastic ring in the centre.

I’m very happy with the modified Diane Snowflake!

Pattern modifications complete, Diane is now available at my Etsy shop: Knotshire.etsy.com


Diane: Testing the new centre

Diane with new centre
Testing out the new centre for Diane.

And… it seems to work! This centre fits really well, and it gives some needed stability to the snowflake. So now to make it with the thinner thread…

Note on thread size: I typically work out new patterns with size 8 thread. This is quite thick thread that makes for a big doily, which is not really the desired end-product, but it makes problems stand out. I’ve tried using patterns from the early 1900s that show pictures of the end design done in tiny thread. Very often there are problems with the pattern spacing and the sizing of some of the elements… but if you make it with small enough thread it’s hard to see the problems. I’ve stared in annoyance at these photos many times when the pattern hasn’t worked and I can see the problems in the photos too. Smaller thread just means you have more ability to mush the errors into compliance. Not good enough for a pattern I create.

Diane: Working out a new centre

Diane pattern with potential new centre
Trying out a possible new centre.

This is a promising centre design.

How I came up with this:

  • In the pattern there are already two *4ds picot 4ds close* rings. You can see them in dark blue attached to the large dark blue rings. Kind of like rabbit ears.
  • The most common chain in the pattern is a *3ds picot 3ds* chain.
  • Putting together two components of the existing pattern in a new configuration seems to work really well!

That was easier than I expected.

Colour Note: On a side note, the light blue *DMC 3753 Ultra Very Light Antique Blue and the dark blue *DMC 798 Dark Delft Blue make a very nice combination. It looks a bit like a fine china tea cup combination. This is from only scraps of old thread I had available to experiment with (and this thread is size 8, which is a bit big – one of my original problems with this pattern) so I may need to remember to get the smaller thread in these colours in the future to make up snowflakes.

Now to experiment with making the whole pattern with the new centre…

Diane: Testing the old centre

Diane pattern with old centre
Trying out the old centre to confirm it will not work.

Just to confirm that the same pattern will not work without the plastic centre ring, I tatted a ring with the same number of stitches, but without the plastic, to see the result:

  • It is swimming in the centre of the snowflake because it is too small without the plastic.
  • It could work with really big picots… but that would add stress to the snowflake without adding structural integrity.
  • I intend to sell the pattern once it is ready, and this would be a source of frustration for anyone trying to follow the pattern. If I said make “really big” picots or picots “exactly x long” it would only be a lucky guess if someone else’s work turned out to be the precise same size as mine. If their work wasn’t the same size as mine, they would have a frilly, wavy, non-flat snowflake. I don’t want to cause frustration in other tatters.

Diane: Centre removed

Diane pattern with centre gone
First step to remove ring from the centre

The first step in the experiment to modify the Diane pattern is to remove the centre and see how the pattern holds together without it. As you can see, not well. The centre now looks like it has a gaping hole.

The stability of the pattern is also lost without the centre. This round doily can warp into oblong shapes easily. As you can see in the photo, the middle rings are not evenly spaced… and they will move if you pick it up.

So now to try out possible new centres.