This is a first for me in tatting the front/back side tatting. It is a small motif/snowflake using the Yarnplayer's Snowflake HDT.
Here are my first thoughts about the front/back side style of tatting (is that the correct term to use?)
First, I find that my picot size is not regular when I do the back side. I don't use a picot gauge but I have managed to make my picots of consistent size when I do the front side (i.e. when starting with the first half-stitch)
When making a join, I make the second half-stitch after the join and count that as one double stitch. When working on the back side, I find that I have to keep checking myself to make sure that I make the correct half-stitch after the join. In this case, the first half-stitch.
This design was worked using two shuttles, and I used a split chain to climb out from Round 1 to Round 2. I thought it got me here because I had to do the split chain on the back side. It stumped me for a minute (yes, just a minute) because I am not sure if the split chain double stitches can be started with the second half-stitch first.
Then the light bulb moment came .....
Hey! just flip the work and you are on the right side of the tatting. Now do the split chain as usual!It became obvious then, that the split chain can be worked from any side - front, back, left or right side of the chain in progress.
I might try this style on a few more designs to get the routine right. I might use this for all new projects after that.