In my last post about "Ruffled Hearts" I shared a comparison of a same sized thread, size 20. There was a photo that showed the two same sized hearts next to a US dime to give an idea of their size. So many of you commented on how tiny you thought they were.
Yes, the hearts are small, it's true. What is interesting to me is that size 20 is actually a larger gauge in the crochet cotton thread sizes. Authentic "Tatting thread" is actually much smaller at sizes 70, 80, and 100.
I thought I'd give you some more size comparisons to see the differences in some crochet cotton and tatting thread sizes.
Here is the heart in the same size 20 DMC thread
As you can see, size 40 is a bit smaller.
is called "Ruffled Heart" by Vicki Clarke.
The thread is "Summer Trail" by Yarnplayer (in all 3 sizes).
"look how tiny size 80 thread is"
here's another photo of the heart
made of size 80 thread on the same dime.
Now, what does size 20, 40, and 80 all mean?
Why does the larger number correspond
with the smaller thread?
Click on over to
for her thoughts on this.
(Scroll down to the paragraph entitled "size")
I've actually heard something similar to this
from others, but this was the only page online
that I could find that explained it.