Graduation Cross Bookmark

I visited my daughter and her children this last weekend.  It was a lot of fun to spend time with them, but small children make tatting just a little hard.  They like to sit on laps and "help" with whatever you are doing.   In fact, my grandson wanted to know what I was doing with my "boat" :-) So, though I did get a small amount of tatting done it's not ready to share yet.

Graduation Cross Bookmark  based on an old pattern

Something that I have been working on at home is writing up some of my patterns.  This is another cross bookmark I made up a few years ago in the normal way that I come up with most patterns: I needed something for - you guessed it - a graduation gift.

I made this one with Lizbeth #115 "Springtime" size 20. It measures 3 inches long by 2 inches wide.  The center has one split ring then climbs out with a false picot and another split ring, the rest is just rings and chains.  If someone couldn't do split rings it would be easy enough to make the center as a separate piece then do the outside.  The basics of this cross I know is one of those patterns that most of us stumble to on our own, but I haven't seen a center done quite like this so I've added it to the pattern page.
(It will be up later)

I'm hoping to have something more to show next week.  So far I've had to un-do, re-tat, cut off, and start over several times. I've got the idea in my head, just having a little trouble translating it to thread.

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." 
Shel Silverstein

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