Doily Design

Buck Strong's picture

My fascination with lace, in particular doilies, continues. Since, I want to know how things work and why, I have been knitting the centers of various doily patterns over the last few weeks. After making several coaster sized bits of lace, I decided to try my hand at making my own pattern.
I started with a simple spiral, nothing overly complicated. My thinking was that when it got around row 40 I would add in some nice new lacy bits. Well by row 19, I was bored to tears. I changed things up by stopping my K2togs at the end of my motif and adding a SSK to the front end. Here is my first ever knitting design. It's just the center part. I haven't figured out what I want to add next. Actually, I'm thinking about stopping here and seeing if I can jazz up this pattern. Anyway, for my first design attempt, I'm pretty happy.


mrossnyc's picture

This looks great! I'm

This looks great! I'm impressed. Is this where the increase-in-the-round questions from last week led? Quite nice. I look forward to seeing where you end up!

Buck Strong's picture

I guess it's all related.

I guess it's all related. For the math questions, I got on a bit of a trig bent and was trying to relate knitting in the round to the unit circle. I'm still toying around with that one. This actually just came out of studying the construction of doilies. I just wanted to put into practice what I had been playing with. Boredom in the same pattern repeats got me to change things up and that's where the star came from. I'm still playing with that basic design to see how I can jazz it up. Right now I'm just throwing stitches on the needles and hoping the the increases all work out.

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

daleweaver's picture

Amazing and mind-blowing.

Amazing and mind-blowing. As a newbie I cannot even approach this yet. It is interesting that I can understand advancing twill and network drafting so much easier than I can the simplest knit patterns. "Just follow the directions" is all I can do a this point.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Most interesting, Buck. I

Most interesting, Buck. I knit a custom design doily for a friend several years ago so I can totally relate to how your mind bends when working out details. Have fun and it is looking great. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Kerry's picture

The centre looks great, look

The centre looks great, look forward to seeing the rest.

It looks TERRIFIC! And, be

It looks TERRIFIC! And, be proud of yourself for taking the initiative to come up with your own unique design. I'm sure the finished article will be spectacular.

MMario's picture

Looking forward to seeing

Looking forward to seeing your designs! Changing the stocking stitch to a lace ground can be intrigueing and mind bending at the same time; or try changing the number of repeats to 12 or 16 while maintaining your 8 every other round average of increases.....trying to do that AND maintain pattern intergity can be puzzling.

Hipe you enjoy it.

Buck Strong's picture

I totally agree. However, I

I totally agree. However, I think that's what I like about it. It's all very mathematical and balanced, like an equation. Hmmm.... fractals and doilies?

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

New York Built's picture

Youza!!! Self-referential

Youza!!! Self-referential open-work anti-matter anti-macassers. Yikes, I ran out of hyphens!

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Doilydude You should be

You should be extremely proud of yourself! I've knitting doilies for years and wouldn't have a clue how to create my own design!! I think this is just great!!!

Bill's picture

You should be happy...that

You should be happy...that looks great!

ronhuber's picture

Very beautiful.

Very beautiful.