muskaan's Tatting Resources page to Sherry Pence's tips for making a josephine or spiral chain . What gave me that aha moment was not Sherry's tip about dropping the shuttle often, but that the chain is worked in direct tatting, ie with unflipped stitches. I've not tried that before. My chain isn't perfect, but a huge improvement on previous attempts with flipped stitches.
Every week I get a report from Keep and Share, the site that hosts my patterns, to tell me how many times during the week each pattern has been viewed. Almost every week, there are way more views of Jane's Bookmark Cross than any other pattern. I thought Grace Tan must do something to advertise her pattern. But I had a discussion with her recently and she said no, she does nothing to bring attention to the pattern. We concluded that tatted crosses are just a popular thing to look for.