It is about 16 inches around, with 2 end loops for a slight adjustment. Only the main design area is tatted. The neck cord is just some of the matching thread twisted into a cord. I did this by doubling the thread, slipping one end over a small knob, twisting in the same direction as the twist of the thread, then taking the end off the knob and folding the whole thing in half. It jumps like crazy while it twists on itself! But it smooths out after the kinks are tugged and let go again.
The side with the pearls is what I consider the front.
The back is just some lockstitch chains. These are made by doing the 1st half of a double stitch unflipped, then flipping the 2nd half. (Or vice-versa.) Of course, some people may like that side best! The necklace could be worn either way.
I connected the inner motif to the outer ones with twisted chains of 4/4. (4 first halves, followed by 4 second halves.) I was concerned about where I was going to join these since I hadn't left any open picots! But it wasn't a problem to join beside the beads of the beaded picots.
The finished design isn't exactly symmetrical, but I figure, "Hey! It's handmade! It's original! It's unique!
By the way, I'll be selling my work at the Lake Country Harvest Art Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8. I will be in the "Wisconsin Handweaver's" booth.