BTW, has anybody used the little tool (bought in a craft store) made by Dritz that's used for pulling threads from the outside of a garment to the inside? It's a tiny little hook (maybe a 16-not sure). I purchased one for $6.99 in the USA and it's been well worth it. I know, a hook can be purchased for a lot less, but this has a flat plastic handle and it's so comfortable to hold and easy to tell which side the hook is on without straining these old eyes. I have a tendency to keep it held between my teeth while tatting and I use it on those tiny tiny picots. In fact, I've been able to use it (when I've forgotten to make a picot) to make an invisible join because the hook is so small it easily goes between stitches-even with a size 40 thread. It's not as easy with a size 60, but it can be done. One day, I'll drag out my tiny tiny hooks and compare sizes.
In the meantime...here's that free pattern again.
Beverly’s Tatted Rosette
Copyrighted by Beverly L Elrod/Edited August 21, 2012
Ball & Shuttle
CL R-close ring
DNRW-Do Not Reverse Work
Vsp-very small picot
R: -5vsp separated by 3ds CLR RW
C: (5+vsp) 6 times DNRW
C: (7+vsp) 6 times DNRW
C: (9+vsp) 6 times DNRW
C: 3ds, (3p separated by 3ds+) 6 times
Tie off and weave in ends.
Personally, I didn’t use picots in the second version (other than on round 4. Instead, I used a hook that’s about a 16 or smaller. It’s intended use is for picking pulled threads from the front side of material and drawing it to the inside for hiding. It works on knits, as well as woven fabrics. I’ve also used it on size 40 and 80 threads. It’s a little more work on the smaller threads if they’re 100% cotton, but those with nylon in them do much nicer.