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.
Hi, I'm April.
Crochet designer and tutor based in Nottingham.