Thursday, January 31, 2013

January Doily 2013


by M. J. Joachim
One of my crochet goals for this year is to make at least one doily per month. I used to make doilies all the time; it’s something I truly enjoy doing, especially when I see the end result.
January’s doily is a simple pattern using chain and v-stitches for most of it. It measures approximately 24 inches around, 6 inches across the top. I used steel hook size 7.165 mm and taupe, size 10 crochet thread. The stitches are very tiny. You can use a bigger hook and any color thread you want, though I’m not sure how the ruffle will be affected if you change the size of your hook.
Stitches
Beginning v-stitch:  Chain 4 + 1 dc
V-stitch:  1 dc + chain 1 + 1 dc
Foundation:  Chain 9, single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across.
Step 1:  Chain 1, single crochet in each loop on the other side of foundation chain. Join with slip stitch to 1st sc.


Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same place; make 2 dc in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc


Step 3:  Slip stitch in space between next 2 stitches, prior to next dc in previous round; chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + chain 1), dc in same space
From this point on, our pattern will consist of making v-stitches and chain one spaces, until doily is size you want it to be.
Step 4:  Skip next 2 dc; make 1 v-stitch in space after it – the one between stitches
[Repeat Step 4 around, joining with slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4]
Step 5:  Slip stitch into next chain 1 space. Make beginning v-stitch in same place; make v-stitch in center of each v-stitch around; join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4


Step 6:  Slip stitch into center of next v-stitch; make v stitch (+chain 1) in center of each v-stitch around; join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4
Step 7: Slip stitch into center of next v-stitch; make v-stitch in center of each v-stitch and in each chain 1 space around; join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4
Step 8:  Repeat Step 6
Step 9:  Repeat Step 7
Step 10:  Repeat Step 5
Step 11:  Repeat Step 6
Step 12:  Repeat Step 5
Step 13:  Repeat Step 6
Step 14:  Make edging – slip stitch into next chain 1 space (center of 1st v-stitch in round), chain 1; make {1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc} in same place. Make same sequence in center of each v-stitch around
Finish off. Weave in loose ends. Lightly steam to relax stitches, shaping ruffles as you do so.
That’s all for now. Until next time, happy crocheting!
M. J.
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