After about six months of on and off tatting I just finished my first tatted doily 🙂 I found the pattern on Pinterest, can’t find the origin though since it’s only a picture. The second row looks like Mary Koniors “Spinning Wheel” so maybe it is one of her patterns? I’ll have to get her book from somewhere!
The doily measures exactly 30 cm in diameter and took about 1,3 balls of number 30 DMC thread using two shuttles.
Here’s the doily before blocking. At this stage the center seems to be a little too large.
For the blocking I used the rolling pin method which I found on Muskaan’s wonderfully informative tatting site called T*I*P*S. It’s a very simple procedure compared to all the pinning I’ve used before. You just wash/wet the article, stretch it over a clean, even surface (I used a large tray), cover with a clean cloth and roll over it with a rolling pin. You can easily straighten any unruly folds and go over that part again. The result was a crisp and smoothed out doily, much neater than if it had been just ironed.
There’s only one little mistake that I noticed, a picot too many in one of the outer rings in the second to last row. I’m pretty happy with this, though I doubt that I’ll start another one in the near future!