About a year ago when I made the Egelbad Doily for my mother (which she subsequently had professionally framed!), my sister Adele made noises of longing for her own doily. At least it sounded like longing, and I remembered.
For her birthday this month, I made one for her and gave it to her this weekend.
I was inspired to do so when Bronwyn over at Yarnosophy made one from a book called Knitted Lace. Here’s the doily with the book – which I bought almost at once and will no doubt use repeatedly. The pattern is Ditte II.
It’s a beautiful book, with charts written flat, a system I’ve not seen before but which was easy to pick up.
I didn’t quite finish this doily. I knew I wanted to give it to Adele on the weekend so I cut the pattern short at around row 70 of a 90 row pattern. It felt like the right place to stop on Thursday night, at which point I did the crochet loops and then blocked it.
I used Sullivans mercerised cotton #20, which is oh so fine and perhaps a little like dental floss to work with but not to bad. A bit of a soak and some pinning out and it’s got lovely sheen and hold and it’s just perfect for a doily.
To go from this, just off the needles
to this (freshly off the pins and observed by Alice who was here on Friday night) is so satisfying.
I’m dying to make more. Thankfully my mum has expressed a desire for several smaller doilies. I’ll be only too happy to provide them.
For all the detail in the pattern, these really don’t take long. This one was three weeks in the making and that included a week when I put it down. On 2mm needles, it’s got all the appeal of tiny little stitches that I love – I was even able to knit it on the bus and around town. I found it utterly mesmerising to knit. On the bus especially, I’d find myself looking up after my 25min trip and wondering where the time went.
When I gave it to my sister this weekend, I just knew she loved it. ‘Oh you didn’t!’ she said as she opened it. Yes, I did. And I’ll do it again. And again.