The picots are better defined using this thread and it also makes the design look more "open" I think. Anchor Artiste size 20 works out a little bigger than DMC Babylo size 20. I can't say for Lizbeth yet but I think Lizbeth is close in size to Anchor.
Here are the two of them side by side...
I tried to follow more closely how Jan tats. I finally figured out his method for front-side/back-side tatting which is slightly different from that normally used by tatters. He doesn't start reversing with the first stitch, so a chain on the reverse side would still start with a 1st, followed by a 2nd half of the double stitch but when you get to a picot or a join, you add an extra 1st half stitch before it. Also when he makes joins on the front side, he pulls a loop through the picot from above (is that a down joint or an up one, I always get confused!!) and then doesn't count it but starts the next stitch with a 1st half again.
Jan often states size 10 as the thread to use for his patterns but I have to say that I don't really enjoy using larger than 20 though I'm not saying I won't tat one of his patterns exactly as stated one day and use size 10. Thinking about him and his patterns, I wished I had seen him tat… and then I found there is actually a Tatting Course Video on his website - did you know that?? I have visited his site a few times in the past, but I'm sure I'd never seen a video there before. As usual, I'm happy to be proven wrong! Maybe it was always there but I'd not noticed it.
I love Jan's designs so I was delighted to be able to see him in action:
(only wish I could understand what he says!)
So, should I carry on with the blue or the grey? Do you have a preference? Is there enough difference?
Here's the blue again, for comparison's sake: