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The Clea Doily was inspired by the Dolly & Me Poncho I made a few weeks ago. While working the poncho in Anne yarn by Circulo, I kept thinking this stitch pattern would look lovely in a doily. I had been wanting to try Circulo’s Clea thread for some time, so this seemed the perfect opportunity.
The lacy design is simple but I think effective. It would also translate well into different rounds of color. This is a great ‘first thread’ project because of the easy stitches and repeats but it would work in just about any yarn weight – I can imagine this pattern in a mandala using worsted yarn or even a rug in a chunky cotton yarn!
I love versatile patterns that give you lots of options and I think this one does that. Enjoy!
Yarn Review – When I first learned to crochet it was with crochet thread and my first project was a small doily. The thread options that were available back then were limited. The threads were somewhat stiff and while they worked well for bedspreads, tablecloths and doilies, they really didn’t have good drape and sheen that would be appropriate for most garments. Well, we’ve come a long way baby!
I’ve made many doilies since that first one, usually with #10 crochet thread of various brands. For this doily, I used Clea by Circulo, which is similar to a #10 crochet thread, but so much more luxurious than the threads I’m used to working with. This thread is soft and supple and produces a beautiful finished, lacy product with pleasing weight and drape. I used a 2.75 mm for this doily and was happy with the result, but you can adjust your hook size up or down for different looks. The thread comes in a huge range of colors so it can be adapted to so many different uses. I really enjoyed working with this yarn and look forward to using it in more projects.
Size – approximately 14″ in diameter
Materials – I used crochet Thread for this doily, but you can really use any type of yarn For example, you could use a worsted weight yarn for a lovely mandala.
1 Ball White
Gauge – Gauge is not important for this project, but of course the finished prduct size would vary based on yarn used.
Hook US C/2.75 mm or appropriate hook for yarn choice
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
VSt (V Stitch): (dc, ch3, dc) in same stitch
- My patterns are written in US Standard terms.
- Weave ends as you work.
- Stitch count is in ( ) at end of the round.
- Work instructions between [ ] or * as designated.
- When a number precedes a stitch, such as 3hdc, work that number of stitches in the next stitch.
- At end of each round, join with sl st to beg st.
- Start each row in same st as join.
- Fasten off at each color change.
Round 1: Ch3, 9hdc in 3rd ch form hook (skipped chs count as hdc), join. (10)
Round 2: Ch2 (counts as hdc ), hdc in same st, 2hdc in each remaining st, join. (20)
Round 3: Ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), dc in same st, skip 1, [VSt in next st, skip 1] repeat around, join. (10 VSts)
Round 4: Sl st into center of VSt, ch3 (counts as dc), 5dc in same space, work 6dc in center of each VSt, join. (60)
Round 5: Ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), dc in same st, skip 1, dc in next st, skip 1, [VSt in next st, skip 1, dc in next st, skip 1] repeat to around, join. (15 VSt + 15dc)
Round 6: Repeat Round 4. (90)
Round 7: Ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), dc in same st, skip 1, dc in next dc, ch1, skip 1, dc in next dc, skip 1, [VSt in next st, skip 1, dc in next dc, ch1, skip 1, dc in next dc, skip 1] repeat around, join. (15 VSt + 30 dc)
Round 8: Sl st into center of VSt, ch3 (counts as dc), 4dc in same space, 3dc in next ch1 space, [5dc in next VSt, 3dc in next ch1 space] repeat aroun, join. (120)
Round 9: Ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), dc in same st, skip 3, [VSt in next st, skip 3] repeat around, join. (30 VSt)
Round 10: Sl st into center of VSt, ch3 (counts as dc), 4dc in same space, work 5dc in center of each VSt, join. (150)
Round 11: Ch1, sc in same st, sc next st, ch1, skip 1, sc next 2 sts, ch1, [sc in next 2sts, ch1, skip 1, sc next 2 sts, ch1] repeat around, join. (120sc, 60 ch1 spaces)
Round 12: Sl st to ch1 space, ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), dc in same st, ch2, sc in next ch1, ch2, [VSt in next ch1, ch2, sc in next ch1, ch2] repeat around, join. (30 VSt)
Rounds 13 to 15: Repeat Rounds 10, 11 and 12.
Round 16: Repeat Round 10
Final Round: Ch1, sc in same st and next st, [sc, ch4, sl st in 3rd ch, ch1, sc] in next st, sc in next 2 sts, *sc next 2sts, [sc, ch4, sl st in 3rd ch, ch1, sc] in next st, sc next 2 sts *, repeat between * to end, join. Fasten off.
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