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Friday, August 04, 2006

Four Square Doily

I've been collecting doily patterns that I want to do in the future, and have been doing a few with the "Crochet-A-Long group". One that was in my file is this Four Square doily, and several people in the group suggested it for our next thread project. I started it this week, and it's been a real experience. For one, it doesn't start with a chain that you join to create a ring and then work the first round into the ring. The very first thing you do is creat a picot! Then a treble grouping, repeat 3 times for a square hole center. The next two rounds are just as unusual, round two includes (chain 20, sc) and you create an octopus-like creature! Maybe I was just in a silly mood.
Anyway, Tuesday evening I was working on the doily at our "crochet in public" at Borders. I got to round 10 which has a flower on each of the corners, and is not the best written pattern I've ever worked. The flower looked atrocious, and I decided that it was late and I had been working for 3 hours, I'd put it down and start fresh in the morning. Wednesday I frogged the flower and tried again, I talked to myself a lot about what the designer might have been trying to say, and frogged that flower, also. Then I sent an email to the group begging for help, and got several replies. Today, armed with the 3 pages of the pattern, the 2 page Word document I created with others comments on the progress, and the 4 page tutorial with pictures from Hilary, I started on the flower again. Well, Hilary interpreted the directions the same as I did, and I got almost the exact same flower. The flower is large, and gaudy on a delicate doily, and it's barely attached, just a single crochet before the large flower and a single after the flower.

Click on the picture for a close up. BTW, the flower doesn't look too bad in this picture. Maybe when I've added another 5 or 6 rounds of lace, the flower will look more in proportion.


At Sunday, August 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's beautiful, Jane. I think you're right that the flower size will balance out once you've got more stitching done.

I can't wait to see it finished!

At Saturday, November 09, 2013, Blogger Nawnee said...

Hello, came across your Blog while looking for help on the flower in this pattern. I was hoping you could point me in the right direction. I got the first part of the petals made, (they dont look as nice as yours) but then it tells you to chain 5 and do 2 dc in between the trebels. This just makes a mess for me. Any help would be greatly appreciated ty :)

At Sunday, November 10, 2013, Blogger Jane's Hooked on Crochet said...

Hi Nawnwee,

I wish that I could help you directly, but I don't remember where I've filed my notes on this project. If you are not a member of the Crochet-a-Long group, I'd recommend that you join the group. Then you can go back to 2006 and read all the comments from others who were working on the project at that time.

I hope that helps & good luck with your doily.


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