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Tips to learn to crochet a doily with thread

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If you normally crochet with yarn, you might find that working with a much smaller crochet hook and thread is a little difficult. Here are some tips to help you push through it and turn out a beautiful crocheted doily or other project made with thread.

Start big

Since your fingers are accustomed to the feel of a large crochet hook and thicker yarn, it can take some getting used to if you decide to pick up thread to crochet a doily. Instead of diving right in with a difficult pattern using a tiny hook, start with a hook that’s designed for thread, but don’t go with the smallest one that the pattern recommends. Try working with a size 8 or larger crochet hook (the smaller the number, the larger the hook, so you’d want #8 or lower) and #5 thread until you’re more comfortable. Thread sizing is the opposite - #5 or #3 thread is thicker than #10 or #20.

Throw the pattern away

Hold off on crocheting from a pattern, but instead work up a swatch using basic single and double crochet stiches to get the feel of it first. Try using different size hooks and threads and when comfortable, look for an easy doily pattern to start with. Don’t worry about gauge or anything just yet; the idea is to get your fingers to cooperate.

Don’t get overwhelmed

Doily and other patterns that use thread are often more intricate than more simple things made with yarn. Just looking at a pattern with so many instructions for one round can be daunting, so break it down into steps rather than look at the big picture, which can be intimidating. Try putting each section of the pattern directions on a separate line. For example, if a pattern is written something like this:

Ch 4, (dc in next dc, ch 1) 6 times, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 1, * (dc in next dc, ch 1) 7 times, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 1; rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.

You might list it as:

Ch 4

(dc in next dc, ch 1) 6 times

sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 1

* (dc in next dc, ch 1) 7 times

sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 1

rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4

Spreading out each step on a separate line makes it much easier on the eyes and your mind might be able to process it better. If you find a free pattern online, it’s very easy to save it into your word processing program and break it down as I’ve shown above.

Don’t give up too soon

Even accomplished crocheters can have trouble when first starting to work with thread and a small hook, but with a little practice, I believe anyone who knows basic crochet stitches can work through it. If you get frustrated the first time, set it aside and try again later. Pick a time when you’re relaxed, and use the tips mentioned above and I’ll bet you’ll be turning out beautiful items crocheted with thread in no time.

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