Troublemaker

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I have mixed feelings when it comes to doilies. I appreciate their beauty and all the delicate, subtle details. I have no idea how can anyone write a doily pattern – I think it requires some mad skills, experience, patience, and amazing visual imagination. At the same time, I don’t really like the vintage ‘granny’ style associated with doilies and I don’t have much use for them at my home. This is actually strange because I don’t mind the ‘old-fashioned’ look of granny squares and I really like my Bavarian stitch cushion, but somehow doilies seem different, I think they really require special environment. Even the only doily I’ve crocheted so far is grey not to look so classic. Thinking about it, I have maybe one friend who actually likes this type of vintage home decor and would certainly appreciate some hand-made doilies in her living room and they would suit it – all the others prefer more modern style too. All of that means that I need to think hard before deciding to crochet a doily: is it really something that would be used? Or would it just stay in the closet without any purpose?

But I knew exactly why I wanted to crochet this specific doily – the Ripe Wheat Doily available also as the Lace Wheat Doily – and I knew it would have a purpose. This wheat sheath pattern reminds me of freshly baked bread, and even more so – of Easter in Poland, where we prepare Easter baskets with painted eggs, sausage, salt and bread, and sometimes a sugar lamb, and cover them with a white doily. And then we eat those goods on Easter Sunday, for breakfast, sharing the egg and bread with each others and exchanging wishes. So I decided to crochet this doily and take it to my family home this year for Easter, as the food basket cover. And I wanted to crochet it twice – the other one to serve bread on it, since my boyfriend bakes some delicious bread and I think it deserves proper way of serving πŸ™‚

Well… crocheting it turned out to be tedious, boring and not as easy as the look of the doily suggests. No, the pattern is not complicated, but it consists of repeated double treble crochets, sometimes made 11 times into one single crochet, and it seems to last forever to finish one round. It didn’t help that the thread I used – Adriafil Doppio Ritorto – is very thin and requires 0.75 mm hook. I decided to use 1.00 mm hook instead since my stitches are always tighter, but it was still challenging sometimes not to drop all the yarn overs in my double trebles.

And I’ve never made so many mistakes in a project before! Like, almost in each round! But I was too bored with it to correct them so I just went on, trying to fix my mistakes in the next round. Here are some examples:

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I forgot to crochet one cluster…

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…or crocheted one double treble instead of two. Not sure if you can spot these mistakes, but if you have a good look, you can find more of them on the photo with a whole doily. Also, if you’re wondering, the small dots on the blocking mat are drops of starch spray πŸ™‚

I think the Easter doily will have to suffice for a while. Maybe after some other project I will gather enough patience to crochet the second wheat doily, because I still love the finished object with its delicate ‘spider web’ look and I still want to have the bread-serving one. And this time I’ll really try to focus harder and not make so many mistakes!

The doily is on the blocking mat now, and if I don’t forget, I’ll post some photos of it in action, that is, on the Easter basket πŸ™‚

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9 Responses

  1. The doily has turned out gorgeous! (Mistakes? Bah! No one will look close enough to notice. πŸ˜‰) I’ve never crocheted one, but it’s interesting to hear from many people now that it’s boring. (And you know what, that makes me want to give it a go. πŸ˜†)
    Looking forward to the ‘action shots’ ☺ and to your other doily. Will you use the same yarn for that too?

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  2. You did fine. I thread crochet all the time. I haven’t made any dollies in a long time. But I do recognize the ripe wheat pattern. I am sure I have it in my vintage collection of patterns. I don’t find it boring but I am fast at it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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      1. This pattern has been in the public domain since the 1930’s and has always been popular. It is a real classic. Back before there was a internet, There were needlework magazines in the USA that would have a section for readers to share information or request patterns. This was one of the patterns that would most often be requested. It was because they remembered it from their Grandmother’s or Mother’s house. I find it exciting to see another generation make this doily.

        The wheat doily is perfect for your Easter basket. I grew up in a immigrant community of different European descents. I was raised Catholic. I do remember the baskets that came to church from Eastern Europeans to be blessed. They always had a beautiful loaf of bread with a wheat design on the top. I also know the other items in the basket was symbolic of good luck on the coming year. You brought back memories to the point that I shopped for some poppy seed filling when I went to the store to buy milk last night. I will spend the next couple weeks looking for a recipe for bread or cookies to make for Easter. But I already know the recipe because someone’s grandmother made sure we knew just how the dough was to feel like when making cookies or bread. I don’t think anyone had a written recipe then. You were just taught.

        Thank you for sharing.

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