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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Doilie Pattern Hunt : September Issue

Purchasing books, downloading free patterns online, sharing patterns with friends, designing my own pattern etc etc.

I’ve been hunting crochet & doilie patterns for a while now.

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Small coaster size doilies used to be my favourite ones but the phase I’m in right now draws much more attention to bigger, detail oriented and large pineapple doilies.

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I came across with few decent websites that I can be happy about their contents and their free pattern selections. i definitely book marked them. More over, i printed out almost all the patterns available on each sites! Some are refurbished vintage crochet/doilie books thats shared as free vintage patterns. Its been so long after the publishing date, seems like royality has been expired already. Those gems are hard to find even at second hand store these days.

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Now, I know for sure those patterns I found will keep me busy for a while. Plus some of the unique designs I found will make great holiday gifts!

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