Friday, May 17, 2013

Rising Sun Doily (or a Test in Patience)

Rising Sun Doily
Today I'm showing you my latest finished piece, which was more of a test in patience than it was of a doily!  The vintage pattern, Rising Sun Doily, in truth wasn't very hard.  I just made stupid mistakes in reading the pattern... twice... causing me to rip out several rounds.  Let's just say I was more than thrilled when it was done!

Rising Sun Doily
For the crochet specifics, I used size 10 thread and a 1.65mm hook. The pattern had double crochet, treble crochet and double treble crochet (or "quad crochet") stitches.  With all the double trebles, the finished size after blocking was just about 23 inches!

Rising Sun Doily
I didn't particularly like the last round because it wasn't exactly even and symmetrical.  Instead of trying to rewrite the last round, I just went with it.  If you don't know it's there you don't really notice it.  (Looking at the photo above, do you see the two clusters that are closer together on the right side of the fan shape?  I just pretend it's spaced the same as the other picot clusters.)

Rising Sun Doily
Rather than dealing with the frustration of all those mistakes by way of defenestration, I stuck to it and finished.  If I had put it down and stayed away from it for too long, I think I would have gotten more and more angry with it (which has been known to happen.  Just ask the half finished lamp that I'm not speaking to on my lathe...).

But overall I think it's a lovely doily!  If you want to try this pattern my only advice is this:  To avoid silly mistakes, READ SLOWLY!!

12 comments:

  1. what an intricate work!!!!
    I think some little mistakes are good in a handmade craft!!!!1
    my compliments, xxxxx Ale

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  2. Beautiful neat work, Kate. I love the name of the pattern: "Rising Sun"! Well done for your patience and perseverance to get the pattern right!

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  3. Gorgeous...I have attempted this doily so many times...I get to a certain point and screw something up! Great job

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  4. I think it looks beautiful. Good for you for finishing it. :)

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  5. It's lovely Kate! Boy do I know thar frustration of pulling out rounds along with my hair! Lol

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  6. Well done for persevering as it certainly was worth it, it's a lovely doily. I love finished things in fine thread and so I attempt them now and then but I'm more likely to get frustrated than with double knit thickness yarn - more practice would be good I guess! I love the pattern you've made a good job at blocking it too, Sam xx

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    1. Thanks Samantha!! It will get less frustrating with more practice! I bet if you work more and more with the fine thread, when you go back to the DK, the DK will feel REALLY easy haha!!

      Hope you had a lovely weekend, and happy crocheting!
      Kate :}

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  7. That is fantastic. I haven't done anything that large or complicated yet. I have been leafing through my grandmothers old crochet leaflets though.

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  8. I is so beautiful! Great job.
    (also I am glad that I am not the only one who gets in fights with projects)

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  9. Wow - that's beautiful! I'm glad you persevered!

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    1. Thank you, so glad you like it! It was especially rewarding to see this one finished!
      Hope you're having a lovely week!
      Kate :}

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