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!
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!
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.)
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!!