The following notes include instructions for an important join technique that are needed in certain special circumstances in some patterns.
Sometimes when joining the last ring of a circular motif or medallion with the first ring of that round, you find that the join isn't quite as easy as the others. The last ring and the picot to which you have to join are not as accessible as the others were.
If you try to join as usual, you will find that the picot ends up twisted or that the join, done in the typical way, means that your shuttle and hand threads will end up on opposite sides of each other - making it impossible to continue. You're going to need the "folded join" to finish up the round.
The "folded join" is not too different that any other join, it's just a way of folding your tatting temporarily so that the picot and thread line up better so that you can complete the join and avoid a twisted picot at the join.
Unfortunately at this time, photos or illustrations of the technique are not available. The best attempt at a word-by-word description will be made. Illustrations will be added soon.
The best way to practice this is to make a small daisy pattern made of only five rings. Each ring is made with three picots with 5 ds bewteen each picot, and with joins made on the side picots. You'll need to do the folded join technique to join the side picots of the fifth ring and the first ring. If you have the opportunity, try the join as usual on a scrap piece of tatting. You'll find that as you pull the last ring closed, your work will be caught in the middle of the closing ring. That is why this kind of join is different. You need to re-position the tatting so that it is not stuck in the middle.