November 3, 2015

Tatted Relations

There are questions that arise when tatters have a pattern that calls for a specific thread size, "What if I use another thread size?", "What is the equivalence of thread size X?", "If I use another thread size should I add or remove DS to get the same dimensions of the work?", ¨How many?"

Is there a direct relation between thread sizes and the tatted work?

Well, after many, many, many tries I can definitively say there is nothing definitive. Depends on several variables, the thread brand, the lot of the thread (not only for the dying process), the tension that varies every time the tatter tat, how tight the stitches are,  the weather, if it's dry or wet, etc.

Think that you want to tat baby booties, but the pattern ask for thread size 20 and you use/like/have size 10, or any other. We know that size 10 is thicker than size 20, then the booties would be bigger and thicker than expected. The finished project needs to have a specific size, it's not a doily at all. What can we do?

A) Direct solution: Go shopping for size 20, perfect excuse to buy new and wonderful threads, don't forget to buy the one you're needing. Or forget it and go back shopping...

B) Try and fail solution: Tat samples to compare untill you have what you're looking for.

C) Have a Tatted Thread Sizes Relation Table. My solution. Not perfect, but useful.

Now comes the maths part. Wait!!!, don't close the page yet! I'm not going to talk of mathematical topics in quantum theory at all, although I would love to...