Doily. Just the word intimidates many new crocheters. Doilies conjure up false images of vintage, lacy, thread crochet projects that are detailed, fiddly and hard to complete. The truth, however, is that contemporary doilies are often made in regular worsted-weight yarn using just the basic crochet stitches.
Find crochet confidence when you complete this easy, modern (and free!) crochet doily pattern.
Images via Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence
This crochet doily pattern is worked using very simple stitches: Chain stitch, slip stitch, sc and dc. You also need to know how to work in the back loop only of some of the stitches. Alternating between working BLO and in both loops helps give this simple pattern a more complex appearance. The edges are designed to be slightly frilly.
- 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (the colorway shown here is Aspen Print)
- H/8 5.00 mm crochet hook
The first five rounds of this free crochet doily pattern are worked in the back loop only (BLO).
Ch 4. Dc into first chain nine times. (First ch-4 counts as first double crochet for ten dc total.) Slip stitch to close round one.
Ch 1 (counts as first sc). Sc in BLO of the same chain space. 2 sc in BLO of each dc. Total of 20 sc stitches worked in BLO. Slip stitch to close round.
Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc (BLO) twice into next stitch. *1 dc, 2 dc. Repeat from * all the way around. Total of 30 dc stitches worked in BLO. Slip stitch to close round.
Ch 1 (counts as first sc). Sc once into next stitch and twice into following stitch. *Sc in next two stitches, 2 sc in following stitch. Repeat from * around. Total of 40 sc stitches worked in BLO. Slip stitch to close round.
Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc once into next two stitches and twice into next stitch. *Dc in next three stitches, 2 dc into BLO of following stitch. Repeat from * all the way around. Total of 50 dc stitches worked in BLO. Slip stitch to close round.
The following three rounds are worked in both loops, not BLO.
*Ch 5, sk 1, sc. (Note, sc in both loops, not BLO). Repeat from * all the way around, ending with sc in base of first ch-5. Total 25 ch-5 spaces.
Sl st in first 3 stitches. *Ch 7, sk one ch-5 space, sc in third ch of next ch-5 space. Repeat from * around, ending with sc in base of first ch-7. Total 13 ch-7 spaces.
Sl st in first 4 stitches. *Ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 5, sc in third ch of next ch-5 sp. Repeat from * around, ending with sc in base of first ch-5. Total 26 ch-5 spaces.
Work the final round in BLO.
Ch 1. Sc in BLO of each stitch around. End with sl st in first ch 1. Total 155 sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Your crochet doily is now complete. The doily is designed to have frilly edges for a lovely 3d effect so don’t expect it to sit completely flat.
Variations for this crochet doily
Advanced crocheters can adapt this crochet pattern in a variety of ways:
- Use crochet thread and a small hook for a smaller, more traditional crochet doily.
- Hold multiple strands of yarn together for a thicker crochet doily. You could also use T-shirt yarn and a larger hook, which would make a good doily rug.
- Change colors of yarn in each round to make the same doily with a completely different look.
Doily decorating ideas
Not sure what to do with your doily now that you’ve completed it? Here are some options:
- Place your new doily under a potted plant in your home.
- Hang your doily on the wall and exhibit it as crochet art.
- Make a set of these crochet doilies and use them as table placemats.
- Crochet several doilies and hang them together as bunting.
Check out Ashley Little’s post “Creative Crochet Embellishments: Adding Doilies to Your Projects” for several more great ideas.