Ever since I bought some thread for crocheting with beads, I've been curious to try to make a doily. With all due respect, doilies have a certain stigma about them, am I right? I understand they take a LOT of work and patience, but sometimes they are just a bit too cheesy and cheap-looking. I blame it on mass production, of course. I still wanted to try one.
So I was very happy to come across Glor's blog, Crochet Galore. She has some beautiful, delicate, elegant, and fancy doily patterns available on her blog.
On Saturday, I decided to make one as a gift. Since it would be my first one, I figured I should make a trial one first. I'm so glad I did!
I used Glor's November Doily pattern for a simple start, though I didn't have the size of hook that she recommended. I thought it would be OK as my first trial, and I would simply get the right hook with my thread for the gift. Everything began just fine, but toward the last rounds, everything was obviously warping and ruffling.
What have I done wrong? Will this be fixed with the right hook? (ooh, sounds like I'm about to punch someone...oh the things we crafters say and accept as normal!) I haven't attempted to starch it yet, although I don't think that will help, either. Did my stitches get too tight? Too loose?
Thanks for any help or advice! I always know I can count on you.