I was interested to see how my snowflakes would look without the doodads, so here's #1 with and without. I like them both, but I really like the extra weight the doodad adds.
In case you want to give this a try, I'll give you my pattern...
These snowflakes are tatted in size 20 Lizbeth, Christmas Delight #116. The doodad is from Fire Mountain Gems, H20-9117FY. A pack of 50 is under $5.
Use two shuttles, wind CTM.
**Center Ring: 4 -- 4 + 4 -- 4 (join is to hole in doodad, picot if not using doodad); reverse work
*Chain 4; switch shuttles
Josephine ring: 14 (I use the second half of the double stitch); repeat from * two times
Chain 4; reverse work**
Repeat from ** to ** five times. On the sixth center ring, make sure you join the last picot to the first picot of the first ring.
Cut, tie, and hide ends.