I've never been one to use a picot gauge. I'm pretty good at just eyeballing them. Until today, that is. I'm making bookmarks for Christmas presents using Dianna Stevens' Animal Bookmarks A Tatted Zoo. The kids are going to love them!
Anyhow, some of the critters call for very long picots that require the use of a picot gauge. I cut an old credit card to the sizes I needed and I was off to the races. Piece of cake, right? Oh boy, was I wrong wrong wrong! I got the hang of it after a while. Definitely something I am going to have to practice, though. You can see my improvement from one bookmark to the other.
The cockerel is tatted in 'Nicobar Pigeon', size 20. He was bookmark #2 and his picots are marvelous. The peacock was tatted in 'Helms Deep' and 'Seaweed', size 80. He was my test subject. Not too bad, but I'm not giving this one as a gift. I'll revisit this pattern in a few days time and try it again.