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Venturing into the Written Realm…

My first attempt at a doily was one of Trish Kristoffersen’s “99 Little Doilies” (which, as you may know, contains written directions-only patterns).  I chose it because I thought it looked simple– no fancy stitches involved.  And it probably was simple.  However, I had two things working against me (in addition to the fact that it was my first experience crocheting with thread). 

First:  I was using variegated thread.  While it’s beautiful in a ball (and can be stunning in the right project), variegated thread usually seems to act like camouflage on fancy stitchwork, in my limited experience.  It’s not the best for a beginner trying to reassure herself that she’s “doing it right”.

Second:  I turned my work after every round, even though the pattern never said anything about turning.  (Forgive me.  I was a newbie.  I didn’t know any better.) 

The results, as you might expect, were less than stellar.  Still, I persevered.  I tried some micro doilies with diagram patterns– and they worked!

Ever since, I’ve been hesitant to go back to written doily patterns.  Other types of patterns, ok.  I can deal with it if they’re written, but a doily pattern changes with every row.  So confusing!  I’ve been a little bit intimidated, but one day last month, I finally took the plunge– on another Patricia Kristoffersen doily, no less!

I chose to make “Peacock Pride” from Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies, in a teal/peacock blue (Aunt Lydia’s “Classic River Blue”).  So far, so good!  I’ve actually been surprised by how easy it is to follow the written pattern, and I definitely won’t be as scared of written patterns anymore.

One thing, though– it does take more work to locate your place in a written pattern than in a charted / diagrammed one.  With the diagram, I can find my place at a glance, but with the words, I need to read over a step or two to reassure myself that I’m looking at the right row.  This could be helped with a sticky note to mark my spot.  I’ve just been too lazy to bother with that.

…Anyway, learning that I can in fact follow a written doily pattern (without imploding under the weight of the stress and confusion) has opened up a whole new world of written patterns.  I’m pretty excited!  I went ahead and found another booklet of PK doilies on eBay– Doilies with Charm“Bewitching”, watch out.  I’ve got my eye on you…


I’m Michael (a female Michael, to remove any doubt).  I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast with my husband, Donald, and our crazy American Eskimo Dogs. 

I love to fill my spare time with various crafts and other hobbies, and this blog is where I share photos, record my progress, and ramble endlessly.

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