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Many patterns double back on themselves so that you need to connect the very end to the very beginning. To make this final join, you can use a folded join, or you can use this trick to avoid the folded join.

At this point your motif is almost done, and you need to join the last ring (in progress) to the first ring:Avoiding Folded Join 1Line up the two rings so that the the picot you want to join to is right next to the ring where you want to join it:

Avoiding Folded Join 2Now turn it around and hold it so that the join is in a comfortable tatting position, and join normally:Avoiding Folded Join 3Finish tatting the ring and close:

Avoiding Folded Join 4Now your first and last rings are joined together! No folded join required!

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