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Challenge - 8's parte dos

A "use my tangle" diva challenge this week - 8's parte dos. Pretty.

Alright, confession time........ I'm actually a little scared of complicated dot grids - my dots go all over the place, I lose track of what I'm doing, etc,, to be honest, I did not even attempt to draw this pattern using the instructions. Once I saw all those dots I had horrible flashbacks to my first attempts at Mi2 and promptly hid in my closet. It took John 2 days to coax me back out. I kid you not. O.k., yes, I am kidding. It was only 1 day.

Because I love the look of these patterns, and still want to draw them well, I like find ways that work for me and suit the loose, flowing drawing style that I (mostly) prefer to do. My approach is to look at the pattern as a "whole", break it down into shapes and once I understand how those shapes work together, I  just draw it out from there. 8's parte dos initially pared back to x's and +'s for me, and keeping these shapes in mind meant I could keep track of what I was doing. This probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but it works for me.

Here's what I came up with:

This one is a little looser and my favourite of the two.