I finally got this figured out somewhat. Ruth Perry has published her pattern for a Christmas troll on her weblog (https://tatting.wordpress.com/). Several people on Craftree are making them so I had to try also. The reverse ring is not hard to do at all if you know how to make unflipped stitches. What got me was trying to do two of them with just about 2' of thread for a ball thread. (I recommend at least a yard for ease. And put it on a shuttle. Much easier to handle.) And the pattern appears to call for 2 reverse rings. Well, I tried that and for the life of me cannot figure how to get the second one (the head) as a reverse ring. I used a mock ring instead. Would someone help me out here and tell me how to do it? When I tried, to close the ring left a big loop of thread. Do I just cut that and tie off? I did not try that. I did try wrapping the loop backwards. Didn't help. So how is it done?
Oh, yeah. I did not add the hair yet. Might do that later. I do really like the "teddy bear" ears.