Do you have Prince Albert in a can?
Well, you'd better let him out!
This is Queen of Hearts by Mary Konior from "Tatting with Visual Patterns." It was done in Lizbeth size 20 thread, #147 (the photos don't really do the color justice).
I learned a bit while making this pattern. After a false start, heading out in the wrong direction with my chains, I learned that the curve of the chain would follow the curve of my knuckles as I made the chain. Pretty simple, I know, but I usually get caught up in the written directions of a pattern and refer to the diagram only to confirm that my understanding of them is correct. With just the diagram to follow, I became more aware of what the thread was doing to form a ring or a chain. It was a very good lesson for me.
I was really cruising as I got to the end of the pattern. I kept marveling at how natural it felt to tat, even graceful (that word is NEVER applied to me, even in my dreams). So, of course, caught up in my musings, I tatted the last three chains and ring without making my final joins (but I must say my hands moved BEAUTIFULLY as I made my mistakes). That is when I made ANOTHER discovery! For me, it is easier to open a ring and unpick the stitches with a tapestry needle than with the tip of the shuttle or a tiny crochet hook. My tapestry needle was a size 24. It is a nice thick needle with a fairly blunt tip and slid between threads more easily than the hook and I had less problem with the thread fraying.