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Star in a Snowflake -- 12-inch doily

By Karoline (Liebich/Liebig) Kirschenmann

Born February 22, 1887, Kassel Cherson Province, South Russia

From the collection of Viola (Horst) Kaiser. Photo courtesy of Dennis Kaiser.


Materials:

  • 1.5 mm steel crochet hook (Susan Bates size 7)
  • For all-white doily: 300 yds, white size 10 cotton crochet thread
  • With color bands: 200 yds, white size 10 cotton crochet thread
    100 yds, colored size 10 cotton crochet threa

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
beg = beginning
cl = cluster
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
YO = yarn over

3-chain Picot: ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook [Picot made]

3-DC cluster: With one loop on hook, YO once, pull thread through first DC, pick up thread and pull through 2 loops on hook – retain loop on hook. YO once, pull thread through 2nd DC, pick up thread and pull through 2 loops on hook – retain loop on hook. YO once, pull thread through 3rd DC, pick up thread and pull through 2 loops on hook – retain loop on hook. Pick up thread and pull through all 4 loops now on hook [3- DC cluster made].

Work rows 1-4 in colored thread, if desired.

To start: Chain 7. Sl st in 1st chain to form beginning ring.

Row 1: Ch 3. Work 23 DC in beg ring. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Row 2: Ch 5. DC in next DC. Ch 2. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. *Ch 2. DC in next DC. Ch 2. Skip next DC. DC in next DC.* Repeat from * around, joining with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 5. (makes 16 Ch 2 spaces.)

Row 3: Sl st into next Ch 2 space. Ch 3. Work 4 DC in same Ch 2 space. Ch 2. Skip next Ch 2 space. *Work 5 DC in next Ch 2 space. Ch 2. Skip next Ch 2 space. * Repeat from * around, joining with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 4: Ch 3. DC in same (joining) stitch. DC in each of next 3 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. Skip next Ch 2 space. *Work 2 DC in ext DC. DC in each of next 3 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. Skip next Ch 2 space.* Repeat from * around, joining with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Change to size 10 white thread.

Row 5: Ch 3. DC in same stitch. DC in each of next 5 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. *Work 2 DC in next DC. DC in each of next 5 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2.* Repeat from * around, joining with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 6: Ch 3. DC in same (joining) stitch. DC in each of next 7 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. *Work 2 DC in next DC. DC in each of next 7 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2.* Repeat from * around, joining with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 7: Ch 3. DC in same stitch. DC in each of next 4 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 4 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. *Work 2 DC in next DC. DC in each of next 4 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 4 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2.* Repeat from * around, joining with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 8: Ch 3. DC in same stitch. DC in each of next 3 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 3 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. Repeat pattern around, except work DC in place of beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 9: Ch 3. DC in same stitch. DC in each of next 4 DC. DC in next ch 1 and next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC and in next Ch 1. DC in each of next 4 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. Repeat pattern around, except work DC in place of beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Work rows 10-13 in colored thread, if desired.

Row 10: Ch 3. DC in same stitch. DC in each of next 7 DC. DC in next Ch 1. DC in each of next 7 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. Repeat pattern around, except work DC in place of beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 11: Ch 3. DC in same (joining) stitch. DC in each of next 4 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 7 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 4 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 2. DC in next Ch 2 space. Ch 2. Repeat pattern around, except work DC in place of beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 12: Ch 3. DC in same stitch. DC in each of next 3 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 3 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 3 DC. Work 2 DC in next DC. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. Work (DC, Ch 2, DC) in next DC. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. Repeat pattern around, except work DC in place of beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 13: Sl st into next DC. Ch 3. DC in each of next 3 DC. DC in next Ch 1 and in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC and in next Ch 1. DC in each of next 3 DC. DC in next Ch 1 and in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC and in next Ch 1. DC in each of next 4 DC. Skip next DC. ?Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1.? Skip next Picot. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next Ch 2 space. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. Skip next Picot. Skip next DC. Repeat pattern around, except work DC in place of beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 14.

Change to size 10 white thread.

Row 14: Ch 3. DC in each of the next 4 DC. DC in next Ch 1. DC in each of the next 7 DC. DC in next Ch 1. DC in each of the next 5 DC. Skip last DC. ?Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1.? DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. Work (DC, Ch 2, DC) in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 15.

Row 15: Ch 3. DC in each of next 7 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 8 DC. Skip last DC. ?Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1.? DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next Ch 2 space. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 16.

Row 16: Ch 3. DC in each of next 4 DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in each of next 5 DC. Skip last DC. ?Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1.? DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. Work (DC, Ch 2, DC) in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. DC in next DC. Repeat from ? to ?. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 17.

Row 17: Ch 3. DC in each of the next 3 DC. DC in next Ch 1. DC in next DC. Ch 1. Skip next Ch 1 space. DC in next DC. DC in next Ch 1. DC in each of next 4 DC. Skip last DC. Work (Ch 1, 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 3 times. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next Ch 2 space. Work (Ch 1, 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 3 times. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 18.

Work rows 18-20 in colored thread, if desired.

Row 18: Ch 3. DC in each of next 4 DC. DC in next Ch 1. DC in each of next 5 DC. Skip last DC. Work (Ch 1, 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 3 times. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. Work (DC, Ch 2, DC) in next DC. Work (Ch 1, 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 3 times. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 19.

Row 19. Ch 3. DC in each of the next 8 DC. Skip last DC. Work (Ch 1, 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 4 times. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next Ch 2 space. Work (Ch 1, 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 4 times. Ch 1, work 3-chain Picot, Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st in next DC to position thread for Row 20.

Row 20: Ch 3. DC in each of next 6 DC. Skip last DC. Work (Ch 1, Ch-3 Picot, Ch 1, DC in next DC) 4 times. Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. Work (DC, Ch 2, DC) in next DC. Work (Ch 1, Ch-3 Picot, Ch 1, DC in next DC) 4 times. Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 21.

Change to size 10 white thread.

Row 21: Ch 3. DC in each of the next 4 DC. Skip last DC. Work (Ch 1, Ch-3 Picot, Ch 1, DC in next DC) 5 times. Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. DC in next Ch 2 space. Work (Ch 1, Ch-3 Picot, Ch 1, DC in next DC) 5 times. Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3. Sl st into next DC to position thread for Row 22.

Row 22. Ch 3. DC in each of next 2 DC. Skip last DC. Work (Ch 1, Ch-3 Picot, Ch 1, DC in next DC) 5 times. Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. Work ( DC, Ch 2, DC) in next DC. Work (Ch 1, Ch-3 Picot, Ch 1, DC in next DC) 5 times. Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. Skip next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat pattern around, except omit beg Ch 3. At end of row, skip last DC and join with sl st in 3rd chain of beg Ch 3.

Row 23: Ch 2. Retaining loop on hook, work (2-DC Cluster) over next 2 DC, drawing last loop through all three loops on hook. *Ch 1. Sl st in next Picot. DC in next DC. Work (Ch 1, Ch-3 Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 5 times. Ch 1, work chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. DC in next Ch 2 space. Work (Ch 1, chain-3 Picot, Ch 1. DC in next DC.) 6 times. Sl st in next Picot. Ch 1. Work (3-DC Cluster) over next 3 DC.* Repeat from * around, ending with sl st in top of first DC cluster. Break off thread.

Weave in and trim all loose ends. Hand-wash doily in mild soap and cool water, then rinse well. Blot by rolling in towel, then lay doily flat on a dry towel, smoothing and stretching to original size and shape. Allow to air dry.

For best effect, display the reverse side of this doily so that the nubbiness of the Picots can be fully appreciated.

Pattern instructions prepared by Connie Dahlke. 2004.

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