1.Park Avenue ~Doilie/crochet~

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Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies from Leisure Arts $8.95 contains 18 “absolutely gorgeous doilies”!!!!!

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The book title says it all. I’m in love with every single piece it’s on the book.

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Out of all the colors and sizes on a ball I have on my lace threads collection, I decided to not to use any of speciality threads but to go for craft threads to make a colorful, ombre doilie.

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I picked out the first pattern from the book, thinking it’s the easiest and simplest pattern to work on.

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I was wrong”!”

Totally wrong on that part!!

I had to call up a friend and asked her to crochet along with me so that I could double check on stitches and pattern instructions.

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I’ve been crocheting for over 10 years on and off, yet this was my first attempt on reading US crochet instructions. International crochet instructions are most likely written with diagrams. I read diagrams no problem because that’s what I grew up with.

Now I had to translate the crochet symbols to US word by word instructions to match up those into one in my head.

It was such a timid work!!

After multiple trials and errors, I started to get a hang of following and understanding this US written by words instructions. I even Skyped a friend who lives in different time zone to help me out! I had to have someone who understands US instructions AND diagrams to interpret these patterns for me and with me.

Getting the correct stitch count is always a must…

Yet interpretation on patterns differs by people. That’s the impression I got on those US instructions. I had to sit down with original = US instruction and write out diagrams for my own convenience. It actually helps me out to cut some time while I do crocheting. The last thing I wanna do while I knit is to read. Diagrams clears out what current stitch lands where on the previous rounds. Hence, not wasting time on making swatches leads me to grab a pen and paper to write down those words to diagrams.

It works and helps me a lot!
Once it’s translated to diagrams, my friends in Japan can even read the symbols and knit along with me! That’s exciting!

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So here’s what Park Avenue looks in completed shape in multiple color thread.

I actually started 11. Majestic from the same book also, however I missed stitches for about 30 on rounds 7… that caused so much decreasing(obviously)… it looks like a Jamaican knitted hat right now. It will be a good pin cushion if I close it right now and put some background fabric and stuffings so I’ll debate a little bit more to see if I’d still wanna undo and redo the whole thing out or cut the threads and make something totally new out of it.

P.S.

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I spotted those lace threads on larger cone to start a larger sized doilies! Bigger in cone means less combining threads. I can use one continuous thread to complete a project. That is revealing to me! Using weekly distributed coupons would bring the price down a lot. I’m looking forward to start a new purposeful project soon with using those!!

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