Two needle doily

Two needle doily in brownKnitted doilies are fairly unusual items. Most handmade doilies you see are crocheted. The difference between knitting and crochet is often cast aside as irrelevant. The basic observation is that someone took an awful long time to make a tiddly little circle for putting under a vase.

The fine details of making things are worth considering. Knitting is generally floppier and finer than crochet. These properties are valuable in lace head coverings. That’s how was drawn into the world of knitted doilies.

Knitted lace is challenging because the results are not clear until you have washed and stretched the piece. Having a graph of the pattern can help you get your head around the pattern. Here I have my handwritten chart I used when knitting the doily. There was not enough room to fit the whole pattern so this is the centre of the doily. The edging I have graphed using XFig’s perplexing knitting symbols. Why are there knitting symbols in amongst the electrical diagram symbols?
graph of the main doily
Graph for the edge of the 2 needle doily


3 thoughts on “Two needle doily

  1. hi thanks for taking the time to try and help me figure this out…maybe I will get it eventually. on the yo2 am I supposed to drop 1 of those on next row? I just cant seem to work out how I am getting to many stiches…LOL maybe I need to get a bit more experience before trying this pattern again.
    again thanks so much for your time.

  2. With the yo2 you knit into the first loop and purl into the second. And then there’s a yo3 in the border where you K P K into the yarn overs on the next row. Does that help? Sounds like you’ve seen for yourself that you can’t knit twice into the yo, but if you alternate K and P then you can keep going as many stitches as you want – Estonian knitting goes crazy and has you KPKPKPK into one stitch then K7tog next row to make a Nupp – like a bobble.

  3. Again thanks so much for your help..I will definitely try it again soon as I am so intrigued with it.
    Have a great day!

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