Ten ways to go doily crazy!

From aged yellowing lace on occasional tables to white laser cut ones under boardroom biscuit plates, the doily  has been around since the 17th century and seems it’s here to stay.

The wide spread love for everything cute and vintage has benefited massively from the recent crochet resurgence of the last few years; and whilst many are still scarred from toilet roll holders dolls, there’s still it seems a market for intricate, lace style crocheted knick-knacks that just generally make life prettier and cute.

Doilies are definitely one form in which crocheting reigns, benefiting from its superior circular build abilities.

They’re great for everything from coasters and table mats to dreamcatchers and lampshades.  I even adapted one to make a summer jug cover by using a really fine thread and attaching beads around the outside.

So whether you’re looking to make doilies or simply make use of a stash you’ve found in a charity shop or attic; I bring you ten ways to go doily crazy.

  1. Crochet Rug 

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2. Crochet coasters 

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3. Imprint bowls 

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4. Crochet lampshade

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5. Crochet dreamcatcher

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6. Crochet jar cover 

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7. Crochet table mat 

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8. Crochet plant holder 

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9. Crochet cloche

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10. Crochet bowl 

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Crochet Hack #1 – Jogless crochet stripe

I’ve wanted to start sharing crochet tips and tricks for a while, however I’m far too lazy as a blogger to commit to a #TuesdayTutorial or a #ThursdayTip and all that jazz!

So in an attempt to make a start at sharing my love of crochet hacks I bring you the Jogless Crochet Stripe.

I’ve seen a number of different methods for this technique, however this video was for me the most effective and easy to accomplish.

YouTube video courtesy of Deja Jetmir of Crochet Ever After can be found here.

If you’re new to crochet and looking for resources to get you going, you can find some handy links on my ‘how to crochet’ section.

Happy Hooking!

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This technique is perfect for stripey amigurumi such as:

Stripy sock puppy – crochet pattern, amigurumi pattern, pdf from lilleliis pattern here. 

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Beach babe amigurumi pig by Ilaria Caliri (aka airali) pattern here. 

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Crochet cheat sheets

To help you keep track of all the different crochet symbols i’ve pulled together 3 of my top crochet reference sheets.

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The great thing about working with symbols is you can work from patterns in different languages.

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You can find all of these sheets along with the sources at: http://www.u-createcrafts.com/cheat-sheets-for-crocheter/

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