This seems to be working much better!
The previous pattern I created with the petticoats just didn’t work for me, but this more substantial ring looks better to me.
An interesting note: this use of 8 stitches, and it’s component 3 stitches and 5 stitches has easily complimented this design which is based on an 8 sided centre. It’s not too tight nor too expansive. There may be something to this mathematical approach!