This particular pattern seemed to be jinxed. I tried it at least 5 times and kept making mistakes. I finally gave up and dedicated myself to some housework that was long overdue. I tried it again today and decided to include some beads.
The motif is a modified version from the book Tatted hearts. The author's blog is here. The inspiration for the beads in the first round also came from her blog post dated 27th Oct 2006.
I have to try the same motif adding a couple of more sts to the larger ring in the 2nd round and see what happens.