The color choices for toddler t-shirts was pretty limited. I took the tatted cat with me to find the color that would make the tatting really "pop." Black was really the only logical choice. My other choices were baby pink, hot pink, white, and gray. The pinks blended with the tatting way too much, the gray was just wrong and white is not the best choice for a messy toddler. I must say it really does pop on the black tee.
I completed two more crosses to take to my home town as gifts in July.
I really love this pattern from Lene Bjorn's "Tatted Bookmarks - Cross Shaped." It really kept me on my toes when it came to switching shuttles and reversing work. Since the pattern is only diagrammed, it doesn't tell you when to switch from shuttle one to shuttle two or when to reverse work, or both. But I have learned a lot about when and why to switch shuttles in the past year and really had no problems with this pattern. And I really love the elegant complexity of the cross, so much so that I made a second one. The one above is done in Altin Basik, color 366, size 50, which feels more like 20 or 30 in standard sizes.
Here is the second cross:
This one is done in vintage Coats and Clark size 70. I really love working with vintage thread. Here are the two crosses side by side so you can see the difference in size.
As you can see, size really does matter.