I have always been a little bit in love with doilies. I inherited a few from my granny when I moved out of my parents house to live with my boyfriend, now husband - Mr Towriess some eleven years ago! Some might say they are a little old fashioned but I don't care, they're pretty. I have at least one doily in every room of my house. They are mainly neutral colours and used underneath candles and pictures but I do have a few bold coloured ones in the kids bedroom and at my work desk which I have made myself over the years.
There are so many vintage patterns that, when created using modern yarns and colours, look amazing and so current. I could spend a whole year just experimenting with the handful of doily books and magazines my granny gave me and different yarns and colour combinations! I obviously haven't (yet!!) and wont anytime soon but my love for these beautiful pieces of crochet is what sparked the idea of a project I am super excited about. Joining Lines is a community project I am hosting this spring/summer 2018 and the reason I designed my Unity Doily. Find out more about my Joining Lines project here.
Whether you're planning on getting involved in my Joining Lines project or are simply keen to crochet a doily, I hope you enjoy following this pattern and adore the end result in your home for years to come.
Materials and Equipment
Slst: Slip stitch
Dc: Double crochet
Htr: Half treble crochet
Tr: Treble crochet
Dtr: Double treble crochet
Approx. 24cm x 24cm
UNITY DOILY | Pattern Starts...
Work in rounds as follows:
Ch 6, join with a slst to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as tr), work into the ring as follows, tr, ch 2, *2 tr, ch 2, repeat from * 3 more time, join with slst into top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 2: Ch 6, slst between 2 tr to form a loop, * ch 3, slst between nx 2 tr, ch 6, slst between same 2 tr, repeat from * 3 more times, ch 3, slst to base of beg ch 6.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, slst into top of ch 6 of previous rw, * tr into ch 3 sp, ch 5, tr into same ch 3 sp, slst into nx ch 6 sp, repeat from * 3 more times, tr into nx ch 3 sp, ch 5, slst into top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, skip 2 st below, tr into top of tr below, * ch 9, skip 5 ch sp, tr into nx tr, skip 2 st, tr into nx tr, repeat from *3 more times, ch 9, skip 5 ch sp, slst to top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 5: Ch 9, work tr, ch 2, tr, ch 2, tr into ch 9 sp, ch 6, tr into 2 tr sp below, * ch 6, work tr, ch 2, tr, ch 2 tr into ch 9 sp, ch 6, tr into 2 tr sp below, repeat from * 2 more times, ch 6, work tr, ch 2, tr, ch 2 tr into ch 9 sp, ch 6, slst to top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 6: Ch 1 * 6 tr into ch 6 sp, slst into 2 ch sp, ch 4, slst into nx 2 ch sp, 6 tr into nx ch 6 sp, ch 1 repeat from * 4 more times, slst to beg tr.
Rnd 7: Ch 5, (counts as tr plus ch 2) tr into ch 1 sp below, ch 2, tr into same ch 1 sp below, * ch 10, skip 6 tr below, dc into ch 4 sp, ch 10, skip 6 tr below, working into ch 1 sp, tr, ch 2, tr, ch 2, tr, repeat from * 3 more times, ch 10, skip 6 tr below, dc into ch 4 sp, ch 10, skip 6 tr below, slst into top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 8: *2 dc into first ch 2 sp, 2 dc into nx ch 2 sp, work 2 dc, 2 htr, 2 tr, picot, 2 tr, 2 htr, 2 dc into first ch 10 sp, then work 2 dc, 2 htr, 2 tr, picot, 2 tr, 2 htr, 2 dc into nx ch 10 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, slst to beg dc.
[Picot : Ch 3, slst into second ch from hook.]
Fasten off and sew in ends.
I would always recommend blocking your work when creating doilies. There are many different ways to block crochet, if you're unsure YouTube has oodles of videos to guide you through the process. My preferred method of blocking is to wet block and here's what I do:
Once you have completed your piece and have sewn in all your ends, spray both sides of your doily with water, making sure that everywhere is completely wet. Now lay your doily flat on your blocking mat with the right side facing up. I don't think it's too important that the right side is facing up but I always do so I can make sure it's looking its best.
Start pinning each point evenly spaced apart. Adjust were necessary until you are happy that your doily is pinned into a nice shape and all stitches are stretched flat. If needed, spray the surface again to make sure there is an even coverage of water. Now leave to dry. Drying times may vary depending on the piece your blocking, room temperature etc. I often block in the evening and then leave to dry over night.
Once dry, remove the pins and voila, your doily is ready to use.
Lots of things have been happening in secret over the past few months which have been super exciting but also rather daunting. After lots of brainstorming and creative conversations, I have joined together with the Bulwell Arts Festival and Rebalancing Nottingham North (Bulwell Connectors) to put together a community exhibition. Eeeek this is massive!
I absolutely love working with new people and get excited when I can share what I know and love with others. Crochet obviously plays a huge part within my life, its my main source of relaxation and its what I turn to when my anxiety is high. We have all heard that creativity can help to improve our mental health and wellness. I want to share my creativity with others and bring people together, to step away and try something they have never tried before. Whether that is to crochet for the first time, socialise with people they haven't before or to get involved in something bigger than themselves. Something that they never imagined they would be a part of.
What is the Joining Lines?
Joining Lines is a community project which brings together crocheters from all warps of life in an exhibition of crocheted doilies.
Submission Deadline: Saturday 26th April 2018
Exhibition Opening Date: Saturday 30th June 2018
I invite crocheters from all backgrounds, cultures, genders and ages to get involved and crochet a doily to be exhibited as part of the Joining Lines exhibition taking place this summer. Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or you’ve never picked up a hook in your life, I encourage you to have a go and be part of this fantastic community project. The exhibition will be displayed at the Bulwell Riverside, Bulwell, Nottingham and opens to the public from Saturday 30th June 2018.
Along with your doily submissions please also provide the following information:
Each doily and set of comments will be photographed and added to a blurb book which will be available to purchase. All proceeds will be donated to charity. (Edit: 31.3.18 - I will be fundraising for a special little lady called Florence who has CCHS and the wonderful charity that supports families affected by CCHS.)
Closing Date for Submissions:
Submit your doilies to the address provided by Saturday 26th April 2018
Exhibition Opens Saturday 30th June 2018
Send your doilies to:
Chris Tilley Community Champion
C/O April Towriess Crochet
Joining Lines Project
Bulwell Tesco Extra Community Room
Once the exhibition closes, date TBC, each doily will be used as part of upcycling projects within a set of community workshops.
I see the Joining Lines project being, not just an exhibition for a few weeks over the summer, but a continuous building of community and a chance to bring creativity back into the every day.
Within this fast passed, throwaway society it is important to sustain traditional techniques and ideas and I am keen to rebuild concepts from days gone by. How many of you actually know your neighbours and I mean really know them. Do you know their names or have you stood and had a conversation with them? Things that would come naturally to folk of my grandparents and parents age seem alien to most under thirty these days. Skills and techniques like sewing and crafts were part of everyday life, you wouldn't catch my granny popping to the shop to buy a new dress because the seem had come loose, no she would get out her needle and thread and repair it. Now I'm not saying that we're all as throwaway as this but when its so easily available the drive to be thriftful is slowly slipping away.
We really need to hold on to this thriftful way of thinking and the skills our elders were taught from a very small age and share them with the next generation. Encourage creativity on all levels otherwise our children are not going to have the knowledge and experience of these skills to be able to pass on to future generations. In a society that requires children to work hard at academic subjects, encourages them to be leaders, and revolves around exam results it is important to also remember that too much pressure can cause harm to their young minds. Lets support these fundamentals with creativity, allow them to explore through the arts and take some time to have fun. We can all take note of this advice. Mental health and wellness is becoming more spoke about, so lets work together to live more freely, have more fun and take time out to relax.
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Joining Lines is my first big project and I am excited about the process and what might come next. I'm really looking forward to working with my local community and fellow crocheters from the digital world. Building my own community and bringing people together to share their knowledge and experiences. If you'd like to get involved or share your crochet journey, then get in touch, I'd love to hear your story.
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Hi, I'm April.
Crochet designer and tutor based in Nottingham.