Week 24 Creative Challenge : Two Crocheted Doilies

Hello, hello! I hope this post finds you well.

So, the 24th week of 2023 has just passed and I’m here to show you what I made for my Creative Challenge. This week I got my much-loved crochet hook moving and made a couple of doilies, following one new-to-me free pattern that I had bookmarked to try, and a variation of one I’d made before.

These are the 12th and 13th doilies I’ve made so far this year. I’ve previously mentioned that, although I’ve been crocheting since I was 7, I only made my first doily last year. That opened the doily-making flood gates and I’m hooked, pardon the pun. I find it fun and interesting to see the pattern develop as you work your rounds. For most of them, every round (or row) is different than the ones before, keeping you on your toes. Doily making is not really one of those things you can do while watching tv, but I find I can listen to an ebook, while I work.

I really like these two new ones.

This first one was made following this free pattern on the blog called “Lacy Crochet”. This is the second pattern I’ve done from this site and there are still quite a few more I want to try. There are also a whole bunch of other categories of free patterns that I’ve barely explored yet, so I can see this site becoming one I go to regularly. And, there are more beautiful patterns being added to this day, with a lovely cotton summer dress having been shared last week. Shout out and a big thank you to creator Olga Poltava.

I used Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread – Size 1 Super Fine, 100% cotton, in the colour Sage. I got it at Michaels — it’s this one. Note: this is finer than was suggested in the pattern, so I used a smaller hook — I used a 2.5mm hook versus a 3.25mm. I also modified the pattern slightly at the end by doing a row of single stitches around the edge rather than the fancier last row in the pattern. These changes resulted in a doily that is about 9 1/2 inches across versus 14 inches.

The second one was a little more complicated to make and has a more fancy frilly look. Although it has one less round than does the other one does, 13 rather than 14, it turned out to be quite a bit smaller, measuring 6 1/4 inches. That’s because I used a very thin cotton thread for this one. It’s by Rico Design Essentials Crochet and I found it at Romni Wools on Queen Street West, if you’re in Toronto. I can’t find it anywhere online, but I imagine any crochet thread would work.

This was made following a free pattern from Kristines Crochet Blog. It’s called “Round Lace Doily”. I modified the centre part slightly to give it a more solid look. I’d made a different version of this one before, the white and yellow one seen in this post.

If you’d like to make one I’m going to ask you to Google and find it yourself instead of linking it because the blog is polluted with advertising (warning!) so I don’t want to sent you there directly from here. Once you reach the blog it is within the doily section.

To be honest, the ads are so distracting that I can’t really recommend the site because it’s nearly impossible to keep your mind on what you’re supposed to be doing with all the ads popping up and moving around. I feel badly saying that because there are a lot of nice, well written, free patterns there. This is the second pattern of theirs that I’ve followed. I go to the site on my Ipad and once I’ve selected what I’d like to make, I copy and paste it in sections, skipping the ads, into the notepad. I also copy an image over. Then, I close the site and follow the pattern in peace from the notepad.

I wanted to tell you that to allow you to make your own decision about going to the site, while also giving credit to the pattern creator. Again, I feel badly stating this, however, I’d rather they be annoyed with me than you, my appreciated readers, for sending you to a questionable site.

All that said, I really like the doily, though!

Thank you kindly for checking out what I made last week! xo loulou