I would say that it depends on what you are making. If you want something fine with lots of holes such as a doily or a bookmark or a light lacy shawl then the crochet cotton would work very well. If you are making a sweater with lots of holes then the heavier weight would be appropriate. What is your pattern for? Actually you can have a beautiful shawl from either weight it just depends on what you want the finished product to look like! For learning purposes heavier is easier to work with.Lace knitting is fun! It is what I do most of the time now, from doilies to shawls and everything in between it is fun. Don't be afraid of the charts.