The crochet D’Oyley is one of several vintage crochet doily patterns from The Lady’s Album of Fancy Work. This free crochet pattern, along with a number of others was first published in 1850.
The crochet stitch names are slightly different then what we use today and the specific threads and colors may no longer be available. Berlin wool, as best as I can tell is similar to wool embroidery yarn.
Crochet Stitches Used
SINGLE CROCHET. —Insert the crochet hook into the loops, and draw the cotton through this loop and that on the crochet hook.
LONG STITCH.—Twist the cotton round the crochet hook, pass it through the loop, draw the cotton through the first two loops on the hook, then catch the cotton again and draw it through the next two loops; there will be one loop left on the hook.
DOUBLE LONG STITCH.—This resembles long stitch, excepting that the cotton is twisted twice round the crochet hook.
TREBLE LONG STITCH.—Twist the cotton three times round the crochet hook.
DOUBLE CROCHET.—Work as follows: having made a chain, pass the hook through the first loop on the chain, draw the cotton through the loop, there will now be two loops on the crochet hook, through these draw the cotton.
Free Vintage Crochet D’Oyley Pattern
Materials — Shaded scarlet and green double Berlin wool; Raworth’s crochet-thread No. 16; Penelope crochet No. 1.
With green make a chain of 5 stitches, unite the ends; then make 7 chain, 1 single into each loop of the preceding chain.—
1st round. 5 chain, 1 single in the centre loop of the 7 chain; repeat four times.—
2d, 3d, and 4th rounds. 1 treble, 2 chain, miss 1; repeat, uniting the ends of each round, and taking the loops at the back of the chain.—
5th round (crochet-thread.) 4 treble, 2 chain, miss 1, 1 treble, 2 chain, 1 treble twice, 2 chain, miss 1; repeat.—
6th round (green wool). 4 treble over the 4 in the last row, 1 double, 5 chain, 1 single through the loop in the last round twice, 5 chain, 1 single; repeat.—
7th round (crochet-thread). 4 treble over the 4 in the last round, 1 double, 5 chain, 1 single over the 1 in the last round.—
8th round (scarlet). 4 treble, 1 double, 3 chain, 1 double through the loop, 5 chain, 1 double twice, 3 chain, 1 double; repeat.
Crochet Tips & Suggestions
It’s very hard to hide mistakes when using crochet thread and making doilies. If is stitch comes out loopy or the yarn splits, pull it out, don’t keep going; it will be noticeable and the time it takes to redo the stitch is negligible compared to creating a permanent oops in your crochet doily.
Try to get the crochet hook through at least two loops of the previous row as much as possible. Making stitches into a single loop will often make that loop stretch and your piece not look as pretty as it could.
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I have been a crocheter for 55 years. When I saw this pattern (link sent to me by a friend), I knew I HAD to do it! LOL I LOVE a challenge and this one is beautiful!
I think I will use some vintage crochet cotton that I found at a yard sale.