Wednesday, March 21, 2018


I think I had 'beginner's luck' with my first crochet top - I saw a picture I liked, found the stitch, did some calculations and off I went. The second one is proving more difficult. I have tried out and unraveled a great many crochet stitches. These three are 'possible'. I decided on the bottom right one and worked a few rows in full,  but it really pulls in and makes the bottom edge look horrible. Mmm, no. I'm going to try the bottom left one in full size this evening. Here's a link to the stitch chart, it's the bottom one. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Maids In A Row

I put Round 8 of the Spring doily on hold for a bit because I needed to finish the handkerchief and post it off. Here it is, hot off the press. The edging is Maids of Honour from Mary Konior's book Tatting with Visual Patterns, tatted in size 70 thread.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Working on Round 8

I've made a start on Round 8 of Renulek's Spring doily. It has a tendency to flip up, so I'm going to make my picots a bit longer. I don't want to get all the way round and find it doesn't lie flat.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cotton Top

I'm not a fan of having my photo taken, but just for Diane, here I am, wearing the crochet cotton top.
I decided on a shell stitch for the edgings and  made the seams flat by working whip stitch from the outside. The shoulder seams were easier than the side seams, but as long as the needle goes through each crochet stitch consistently, it looks neat, I think:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ready to Assemble

Well, the front took me longer to complete than the back, but it's now done. I'm happy with the neckline and my decision to 'straighten out' the top edges:
Now I must work out the best way to join the two pieces and what edging to use around the bottom, sleeve edges and neck.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


I'm working on Round 7 of the Spring Doily, which is a series of little butterflies. I'm stabilising the butterflies using very small picots between the rings. I started by putting the vsp after one double stitch, but decided that putting it after 2 ds works better. I've a way to go, so I had better get on with it!