you take the time to read the pattern correctly! I decide to re-do the Jan Stawasz motif in size 20 thread and find that the difference in size is not massive... but my tatting enjoyment is greatly improved! So I think I will have to go with size 20 thread if I decide to go with this project. I don't have any ecru at the moment so will have to order some.
When re-tatting it, I decided to have another go at tackling Jan's method of tatting. It's really like front-side/back-side tatting except that he doesn't start a chain on the back side with the 2nd half of a double-stitch as you would but rather he starts with a full stitch as on the front-side except that he adds a half stitch before making picots so that they fall between two half-stitches (back side) rather than between two full stitches (front side). I was finding it confusing before to read his pattern with the little dots but I get it now. It's not that difficult really, I don't know why I was finding it so confusing before!
Anyway, here is a second take at the motif, on the right, in size 20 thread, done with Jan Stawasz's method of tatting. I also noticed that he doesn't count the join as a half stitch so I did that like him too, starting with a full stitch after each join. I scanned the new motif next to the first purple one, for comparative purposes.
When paying proper attention to the pattern (hence title of this post), I realised I did not have the right number of picots on my chains on the first motif (some have 7 and some have 9 with different spacings).
Now I look at the scan, the motif on the right rather does look ecru, doesn't it? But in reality it is more of a light brown. I think I will still order some ecru. You always need ecru in your stash anyway, don't you think?