My first doily!

My first doily by Queenandfox
My first doily, a photo by Queenandfox on Flickr.

Here’s a little something I’ve been working on lately. I’m going to visit a friend in Daylesford (lovely town located northwest of Melbourne) in a couple of weeks. And since I have not seen her for a while, I thought I’d better not arrive empty-handed. So, I decided I would make her something with my little hands, something to remember me by. I’m only halfway through, but I’m enjoying it so far. I’ve never tried making a doily before and I think it will become addictive.

My grandmother, Yvonne, used to make so many of them, but her work was much finer of course. Her doilies were usually made with a beautiful lacy edging and she would make intricate embroidered flowers in the middle. I wish I had been more interested when I was young. Unfortunately, my grandma passed away a few years ago, but luckily she did pass on some of her skills to Mum, which is a great comfort.

So, it’s kind of nice to be making something my grandma would have approved of, even though I am using a different technique. I have used a yarn that’s half acrylic and half cotton called Gelato (couldn’t resist the ice-cream reference) and a 2 mm crochet hook. I have also got a dark blue, almost navy and a light brown, almost cream, which I will use for the edging. I might even make a second one and mix colours a bit.

If you are interested, I’ve followed a fantastic pattern which I found in Le Monde de Sucrette again. As you can see, if you keep going making squares, you could make a table-runner out of them. She’s so clever and her drawings are really user-friendly, an absolute life-saver!

Let me know if you have a go at making this one. Enjoy!


5 thoughts on “My first doily!

    • Thank you, Elisabeth! I’m hoping to finish it today. Yes, I think acrylic & cotton are a good blend for this sort of work. I’ve not used small hooks much in the past, but this yarn made it easier.

  1. This looks lovely so far! Did you take a photo of the finished article? I hope your friend liked the gift! I have only recently started to crochet and have not dared to use a hook that small yet, but maybe in the future I will! Love the poncho too! Seirian (WelshPenguin) x
    PS Thanks for introducing me to Le monde de sucrette!

    • Thank you so much, Seirian. I did finished two of these doilies in the end, I just have been too busy to post anything the last few days (house renovations). But, I will post something I promise. This was my first project with such a small hook, so I’m still pretty new. Really glad you liked the poncho. Yours is cool too, I’m not patient enough to knit 🙂 Le monde de sucrette is so amazing, I get great ideas from it!

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