So I have decided to learn to crochet and wanted to try making doilies. I bought a large (5mm) hook and some worsted weight thread to practice with, and did a few rows of each type of stitch until I was fairly comfortable with it.
I bought a hook set online, but I also have a 3mm and 3.5mm hook already, so while I'm waiting for my hooks in the post, I went out and bought some thread that I could practice with using the 3mm hook, and also got some #20 cotton that I plan on using when the hooks arrive.
I found a particular design I want to try, but I thought while I'm practicing I will use another design that I like, found here:
Here is my attempt:
I only did the inner circle because I realised it was going to be ridiculously big with the thread and hook size I used. As it is, it's about a foot in diameter. My stitches became a lot neater and more consistent towards the end, and I'm happy that I did this practice one before I embark on a finer one. I also realised too late that I messed up a part when I completely skipped a 'point', which makes the whole thing a bit lopsided. I was so focused on getting the stitches themselves right that it was a case of not seeing the wood for the trees
But, it still turned out pretty good IMHO, and I look forward to my next one. Though I'm not sure if the #20 cotton is going to be fine enough after seeing how 'chunky' this thread turned out.
I've learnt a lot from doing this, but there's a lot more to learn, and I would certainly appreciate any advice or constructive criticism