Lock Stitch and Lock Stitch Chain
Since the lock stitch is composed of one unflipped half of a ds, and the second half of the stitch flipped, it only makes sense that the lock stitch chain continues in this way. First half ds unflipped and second half ds flipped. Here's my testing:
I think it looks sort of braid-like.
What I was doing in my last post is really considered an "S" chain, according to THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
Another practice with the larger threads produced this, using both halves of a ds unflipped, followed by both halves of a ds flipped. This is the "S" chain:
The "S" chain shows a bit wider color band as Gina mentioned, with a bit more texture and forming a sort of "S" shape, yet remaining in a straight line. Here's the difference:
Taking that flipped/unflipped ds a step further with more stitches, you get the "Z" chain. I tried 3 complete ds flipped, then 3 complete ds unflipped to get a small "Z".
(Remember, the threads aren't the same size - but you get the idea.)
Then I tried 6 ds flipped, and 6 ds unflipped to produce a wider "Z".
If I am understanding these chains/stitches correctly, this one is also called a "Zig-Zag" chain. Which makes more sense since the Z is so visible - unlike the chain made up of a "Node" stitch being called a zig-zag chain. No wonder I get confused. (Am I missing a larger piece of that zig-zag chain description?) Here are both sizes:
So my tatting accomplishments this weekend consist of practicing and testing and studying. Hopefully I will remember my findings!