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.