Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas doily

Hi friends,

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to spend time with friends and family.

I'm scheduling this post for after Christmas, because I'm going to show you a gift I made for my sister.  There are times when I just have to make a gift rather than browse the store aisles for something, especially when I don't know what to give.  I decided to crochet a doily, since I know she likes them.  I started this on December 7th... yes, THIS month!  It took me two weeks, working on it for a bit every day.  I actually crochet pretty fast, or I would not have gotten it done.  It measures about 21 inches across.

I pulled out some of my old crochet magazines and looked for a pattern that didn't look too difficult... in other words, no complicated stitches.  This one is mostly chains, single and double crochet, with a few treble crochet stitches.  Double crochet is actually the fastest for me, but I was using a new crochet hook, and I was having some comfort issues with it.  It's the same brand I always use, but it's slightly shorter, the shank (part above the thumb grip) is shorter, and the handle is longer and slightly thinner.  It just feels different.  I was probably half finished with the doily before I started to get used to it.  Here's a photo comparing my new one on the bottom and an older one above.  The differences are subtle, but I was not pleased with the new one. 

I also changed the size of the thread and hook from what the pattern called for.  The pattern listed size 40 thread and I was using size 10, which is thicker.  The pattern said about 500 yards.  I forgot to take that into consideration, and was a bit concerned that I would not have enough thread to finish.  That would mean trying to match the thread with another ball.  I bought this crochet thread at Good Will, and there was only one ball.  I 'may' have more that matches, but there are so many shades of ecru from one manufacturer to another, that it isn't easy to get a match unless you get the same brand and dye lot.  There was no label on this one, so it would have been totally guesswork.

Here's a small portion as a closeup.  

By the time I got to the final round, it was looking very likely that I would not have enough thread.  I did a couple of the points to see how much I was using, and knew I wasn't going to make it.  So... I had several options -- leave it without the points, try to match the thread, change the color completely on the last round, or change the design.  I opted for changing the design of the final round.  Instead of using treble crochet, I changed to double, and I left off the picot in the center of each point, thus using less thread.  And I made it all the way around -- just barely.  This is how much thread was left.

You can be sure I breathed a sigh of relief.

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I wish you all a happy and healthy new year.


Barb Finnical said...

Melody, this is so beautiful! Even though I’m a card maker, I really love crocheting too. This is so beautiful! I usually make prayer shawls and hats. I would love to try a doily. And I can so appreciate the samll amount of thread that was left. Wow, that was cutting it so close! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

kiwimeskreations said...

What a gorgeous doily - love that you adapted the pattern to eek out your thread - well done! I know what you mean about the f=different shades of ecru - they can vary from batch to batch with the same manufacturer!!

Debbie in LA said...

Lacy, this is beautiful. I miss you and our old group.

Kelly said...

That's gorgeous! I've not done any thread crochet in ages. Not sure my eyes would even let me anymore. May have to give it a go after the new year.
Creative Blessings~ Kel

Unknown said...

Melody your work is absolutely breathtaking!!! If I could .... make these doilies, wow!! This is truly amazing!!