• How hard can it be to hook a doily?

    Many people admire doilies. Most of the time I hear people mention they are so hard to make and a person does not have the confidence to execute one. Or people that are trying, get frustrated for one reason or the other.


    Sure, you can buy one already made from China for 50 cents, but that doesn’t keep you fingers nimble and your brain active. Nor is it as beautiful as if you made it yourself.



    Doilies (Photo credit: Bunches and Bits {Karina})


    Here is my suggestion to get started:


    Try with a little sachet doily  – easy design, nothing fancy and you will find your hands will thank you for the exercise, the recipient will love the little gift, the mercerized cotton industry will stay in business AND you have the desire to do a bigger doily. I guarantee it.




    KEEP IT SIMPLE! Example: A pineapple design looks VERY complicated to a novice, but there are actually only 3 different steps/stitches to any pineapple design: base, fan and little loops, which are decreasing to a point. Bingo- not hard.


    When you look at a pattern: Read the whole thing to gain some understanding of the process.


    Than take it one step at a time. One row at a time , one stitch at a time.


    Mark you place. If you have a pattern on the computer it is easier than a printed version, because you can shove the line you are on to the top and hold you place that way.  If you come to the end of the pattern and it gets ” stuck” at the margin in the computer, just add an empty page and you can scroll higher following the pattern again to the top.


    Work one set of stitches, than look back and check that you did them all correctly. With a small doily it doesn’t matter so much, but once you make a large table-cloth or bedspread and one row takes 1 hour to finish, it is frustrating to notice after an hour you made a mistake and have to unravel the whole mess. Been there done that. As you learn to make  doilies make it a GOOD habit to glance back over your work after a set of stitches to be sure all are even and correct. That doesn’t take long and you will save a lot of time in the long run.


    Be systematic as you proceed. What I mean by that: Do not consider the whole thing. Focus on the next row. Project only what is developing next. Sometimes a doily gets “frilly”, flanging out, making waves. But the next row keeps it back into line to lay flat. Good doily patterns increase stitches only very gradually.


    Important is a good hook in the appropriate size. If your hook is not big enough and the thread will not hook easy, making a doily is a pain. But as your hook has a good ” grab” on the thread, a sharp enough point to “stab” into the previous loops, it is a fun thing to make a doily.


    I be glad to help you, encourage you along the way and advise you as much as I can over the internet.

    Just contact me.


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