Vintage Crochet Doily Pattern

vintage-doily-100510This pretty vintage crochet doily pattern is worked with only a few stitches. The finished piece looks quite delicate making me wonder if it might be better suited for advanced crocheters despite using only chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet stitches.

This is a vintage English crochet doily pattern, so do keep in mind that a plain stitch is what we call a double crochet and a single stitch is what we call a slip stitch and what she called treble we also call a treble (1 loop around hook before making stitch). Hopefully, that’s not too confusing. For more explanations on English crochet stitches, please check out our tutorial on the subject.

I left the original instructions rather than risk introducing any errors into what looks like a complex vintage crochet doily pattern.

Work 8 stitches, unite them.

1st Round. — 7 chain, 1 plain, 8 times in the foundation chain, end with 3 single stitches in the 1st 7 chain.

2nd Round. — 1 plain, 5 chain, 1 plain, (both these plain in the 7 chain of 1st round.) 1 chain, miss 6; repeat 7 times, end with 1 single stitch.

3rd Round. — 1 chain, miss 1, 5 treble in the 5 chain of 2nd round, 1 chain, miss 1, 1 plain in the 1 chain of 2d round; repeat, end with 3 single stitches.

4th Round. — 1 plain, 6 chain, 1 plain, (both these plain stitches in the centre of the 5 treble in 3rd round,) 5 chain, miss 7; repeat, end with 3 single stitches.

5th Round. — 1 plain, 7 chain, 1 plain, (both these plain in the 6th chain of 4th round,) 3 chain, miss 5, 1 plain in the 5 chain of 4th round, 3 chain, miss 5; repeat, end with 2 single stitches.

6th Round. — 1 plain in the 7 chain, (5 chain, 1 plain in the same 7 chain, 5 times,) 5 chain, miss 9; repeat, and end with 1 single stitch, turn back and work 3 single stitches on the last 5 chain, turn back.

7th Round. — 6 chain, miss 11, 1 plain in the 5 chain of 6th round; repeat and end with 2 single stitches on the 1st 6 chain.

8th Round. — 8 single stitches, 5 chain, 8 single stitches, (7 chain, put the needle into the 2nd stitch of the 7 chain, and work a plain stitch to form a round cross); 1 chain, miss 5; repeat, end with 3 single.

9th Round. — 3 chain, miss 5, (1 plain, 7 chain, 1 plain, both these plain stitches in the round cross of the 8th round,) 3 chain, miss 5, 1 plain in the centre of the 8 single; repeat, end with 3 single stitches.

10th Round. — 1 chain, miss 2, 7 treble in the 7 chain of 9th round, 1 chain, miss 2, 1 plain in the 3 chain, 1 chain, miss 3,1 plain in the 3 chain; repeat, end with 6 single stitches.

11th Round. — 13 chain, put the needle into the 4th stitch, and work a plain stitch to form a round cross, 3 chain, miss 9, 3 single stitches; repeat, end with 3 single stitches more.

12th Round. — 1 plain in the round cross, (5 chain, 1 plain, 5 times in the same round cross.) 5 chain, miss 11; repeat, end with 1 single stitch, turn back and work 3 single stitches on the last 5 chain, turn back.

13th Round. — Same as 7th.

14th Round. — Same as 8th. Work plain stitches instead of single.

15th Round. — 1 chain, miss 4, (1 plain, 5 chain, 1 plain, 7 chain, 1 plain, 9 chain, 1 plain, 7 chain, 1 plain, 5 chain, 1 plain, these 6 plain all worked in the 5 chain of 14th round,) 1 chain, miss 4, 1 plain; repeat, work 1 plain stitch. Fasten off.

This crochet doily pattern may be worked in coloured crochet. 1st, 2d, 3d, in pink; 4th, 5th, 6th, in slate; 7th, 8th, 9th, in pink; 10th, 11th, 12th. in slate; 13th, 14th, 15th, in pink. Or it may be worked in shades of worsted.


3 thoughts on “Vintage Crochet Doily Pattern

  1. I just did this doily pattern and it only took a couple hours.
    Easy to follow directions. Just keep in mind the differences in Old English and American, most will be just fine.

  2. Hmm, two very different opinions it would seem on this one. I haven’t tried it myself so I really can’t share an opinion.

    Sorry that you didn’t like it Liz. That must have been disappointing after taking the time to make it.

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