Krystle asked to see samples of closing the ring tatted by other people, to determine which method produces the most uniform result.
My contribution follows.
I find it difficult to distinguish one method from the other, but like Suzanne, I find #2 to be the best. #4 is next , but I would never close that way!
From left to right:
1) shuttle not posted prior to closing
2) shuttle posted prior to closing
3) additional first half stitch and close
4) additional first half stitch, post and close
5) additional second half stitch and close
6) additional second half stitch, post and close
Well... ? Anyone else tried this?