Today I tatted two Doodle Ice Drops, both in size 20 Lizbeth #683, Leaf Green Lt. The stitch count is the same on both, but the one on the left is smaller because of the size of the glass gem.
When using a smaller glass gem (3/4"), I prefer to use my original basic Ice Drop pattern as the base. I love the flower design on the back!
If the glass gem is slightly larger, I use the one pass method. In the one pass method, I tat the back ring, then the front ring, and finally the chain that links to the next set of rings. The advantage to using this method is that it is easy to increase the number of rings to accommodate the size of the glass gem. I do have quite a few larger glass gems on hand, so it's nice to have options!