Crochet doilies are a delightful way to add beauty and grace to any room. Often recognized as a labor of love, a delicate, handmade doily is a unique way to create a homey and hospitable atmosphere. In the list below, we’ve included a variety of free crochet doily patterns for both beginning crocheters and advanced crocheters alike. Enjoy!
Intro to Crochet Doilies
Crochet doilies are delicate, decorative pieces that add beauty to a variety of settings. While doilies are often made with crochet thread, many modern patterns are crocheted with heavier weights such as sport, DK, or worsted. Most doily patterns are circular and crocheted in the round, though you will also find a variety of square, rectangular, or oval patterns.
What can you do with a doily?
Doilies are perfect for protecting tables, dressers, or other surfaces by holding plants, dishes, teapots, and home decor. In addition, they can be hung up as wall decorations or stitched together to form a lacy table runner.
Are doilies hard to make?
Crochet doilies come in a variety of difficulty levels, from easy to experienced. However, if you’re just learning to crochet, it may be wise to get a few simpler projects under your belt before beginning on a crochet doily. This is mainly because the lightweight threads and yarns and small hooks used for doilies can be challenging to work with for first-time crocheters.
When you do decide to make your first doily, it’s helpful to look for a pattern that suggests a heavier-weight yarn, such as DK or worsted. In addition, choose a pattern that includes only basic stitches.
Supplies for Crocheting Doilies
To make your crochet doily, you’ll need the following:
Most doilies utilize lace-weight cotton thread. However, you will find a variety of patterns in the list below that can be made with a heavier-weight, thicker yarn.
If you haven’t used crochet thread before, it may take a little thinking to wrap your mind around the way that thread sizes work. With regular yarns, higher numbers coincide with thicker and heavier yarns. With thread, however, the opposite is true. Higher numbers indicate thinner threads.
Crochet thread is available in sizes 3 to 100, though sizes 3-10 are most common for doilies, with 3 being the thickest (similar to a sport- or fingering-weight yarn).
This adorable vintage crochet doily is made with sport-weight yarn and, when finished, measures about 13”. A set of these beautiful doily placemats would make the perfect setting for a tea party, baby shower, wedding shower, and more.
This beautiful, flowery pattern brings a pop of color to the room. Made with fingering weight yarn, it’s simple yet delightful for adding a rustic, charming look. When finished, it measures almost 10” in diameter.
Here’s another option for a modern and chic simple crochet doily pattern. This circular design is made with size 3 crochet thread and will take your mind to the sunny ocean beach. It measures approximately 20” in diameter.
This swirly pattern adds a feminine touch to any table, buffet, or countertop. This pattern is best for intermediates. Try out the recommended DK yarn, or use a lighter weight for a smaller, more delicate doily.
This fun and chunky crochet doily pattern is made with worsted-weight yarn and is available in two different size options. The worsted-weight yarn is easier to work with, and the finished project is great for holding plants and other decor.
This flower doily is made with worsted-weight yarn and is just adorable! Measuring almost 9” in diameter, it would make an excellent coaster or a simple decoration. The author also includes instructions for making it larger, or for stringing these doilies together to make a beautiful, flowery table runner.
The square shape of this delicate, lacy doily gives it a unique look. This doily only requires basic crochet stitches, though you’ll also need patience and close attention to detail to create this special vintage design.
This doily features tiny, 3D flowers that dance around the outside circle of the doily. This pattern is fairly complex and is best for advanced crafters. When finished, it measures about 14” in diameter.
There’s so much character to admire in the petals of this soft and graceful doily. Special stitches in this pattern include the puff stitch, picot, and cluster stitch. It measures approximately 11” in diameter.
This intermediate-level pattern turns out beautifully whether made with a single color or many different colors. Check out the lovely sample images provided for some color inspiration! A free, step-by-step video tutorial is available for this pattern.
Check out these tips for crocheting your first doily.
Read the pattern notes.
Before getting started on your doily, it’s important to make sure that you understand all of the stitches and abbreviations included in your pattern. If anything looks unfamiliar, take some time to research and practice before beginning, or choose another pattern.
Start with thicker yarn.
If you’re just venturing into the world of doilies, you’ll likely find it easiest to work with a regular yarn, such as sport, DK, or worsted weight, rather than crochet thread. Look for a pattern that suggests one of these yarn choices. Alternatively, you can swap out a suggested crochet thread for regular yarn, but keep in mind that your finished doily will be larger than the indicated size.
Choose a pattern with pictures and/or a video tutorial.
For beginners, finding a pattern that includes a video tutorial or at least plenty of pictures can be extremely helpful.
Use stitch markers
Doilies are generally worked in the round and require plenty of precise stitches. Make it easier on yourself, and make use of your stitch markers!
Block your doily
You’ve worked so hard on your doily! For best results, make time for the final step of blocking your doily to help it keep its beautiful shape. There are multiple blocking methods, but this technique generally involves dampening, pinning, and then letting your doily dry in its shape.
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