Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A LOVELY SET OF DOILIES

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A LOVELY SET OF DOILIES

A good friend’s daughter got married and the new couple has just moved into a new home.  I thought a small set of doilies would make an ideal house warming gift.

Thanks to the Ravellenics games (haven’t heard of it? Head on over to Ravelry and read all about The Ravellenic Rio Games 2016) … and all the different challenges in these Games, I thought I’d hold on to making this set till the Games started.. and they’ve started.. so yaay. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

(Edited to add that the Ravellenics games are done and dusted, but you could still read about it all)

Materials used : Today I’ve used our Indian Red heart knitting cotton yarn, with a 1.75 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Intermediate.  

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                    ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                         sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                          yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                               dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together
                   

For the 14” spiraled doily, I’ve used this free pattern at http://www.crochetmemories.com/blog/spiraled-elegance-doily

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For the smaller doilies, I’ve used this chart from

Here are my notes for the smaller doily.
Note : This pattern has not been tested.  The first few rounds are simple.  The last 2 – 3 are a little complicated as we need to work back and forth and there is a small amount of ‘guess-work and creativity’ that is involved in figuring out just where you need to put in your stitch.

These are my notes and you may be able to get the same end effect just using the chart.  If you do find a simpler (or another) way to do this motif, do add your notes here – so we can help someone else do it faster and easier.  Thanks.

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Start with a magic circle and 10 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.  Pull circle lightly to close.

In the following round, we will use a “V”-st which is (dc ; ch 1, dc)
Round 1 : “V”-st in the 1st sc ; 
*ch 1, “V”-st in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around ; 
ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; dc 3-tog in the same 1st “V”-st ;
*ch 2, sk next dc, dc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp (of the next “V”-st) ; 
ch 2, dc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp* ;
rep *to* all around ; 
ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20 dc 3-tog)

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc 3-tog ; 
*ch 3, dc in the next dc 3-tog* ;
rep *to* all around ; 
ch 3 and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In the following round, we’ll work a decorative picot.  
Our picot here is a ch-3 picot which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk).  There’s a “how to” above that you can quickly check out, if needed.

Round 4 : sc + picot in the 1st dc ;
*(4 sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; [sk next dc, rep (to) 3 times] ;
sc + picot in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the following round, we will be working back and forth for a bit making a ch-5 sp and then working sc in that ch-5 sp.  So there will be this ch-5 sp that we will first create and then work on, and there are the on Round 4 that we will work on again.
In this round, for convenience, may I suggest you use a turning chain (ch 1) as needed before you start – so for eg I will be using the turning ch 1 before I add the 8 sc in the ch-5 sp.  If you can manage without, great – so I am going to leave this as your choice.

Round 5 : TURN (and working with the back of the work facing you) :
sl-st in the 1st 2 sc , sc in the next sc ;
ch 5, TURN (and working again with the front of the work facing you) :
sk next 2 sc , picot and next 2 sc , sc in the next sc ;
TURN (and working with the back of the work facing you) :
8 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 1, sk next 2 sc and sc in the next sc ;
TURN (and working again with the front of the work facing you) :
ch 1, dc in the 1st sc (of the 8 sc you’ve worked on the ch-5 sp) ;
[ch 1, dc in the next sc] ; rep [to] 6 times ;
ch 1, sk next 2 sc, sl-st in the next sc ;

{ sl-st past the next 8 sc ; ch 5, sl-st past the picot and the next 2 sc ; TURN ;
8 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sl-st in the next 4 sc ; TURN ;
ch 1, dc in the next sc (of the 8 sc you’ve worked on the ch-5 sp) ;
[ch 1, dc in the next sc] ; rep [to] 6 times ;
ch 1, sk next 3 sc, sl-st in the next sc } ;

Rep {to} all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In our final round, let’s use our decorative 3-ch picots again.
Round 6 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; sc + picot in the same ch-1 sp ;
*sc + picot in the next 8 ch-1 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next 4 sl-sts and sc on the next sc (which is the st directly over the dc from Round 3) ; ch 1,* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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You’ve made some really cute little doilies.  Add in a few beads for that last row instead of the picot, and you’ve got a smashing new set of doilies – so go ahead, create and enjoy.

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