Last Sunday was a nice, lazy Sunday. You know the type: you sleep in, walk around in your jogging pants all day, hang on the sofa, read a little, listen to some music, you know; the perfect lazy Sunday.

My lazy Sunday included some doodling. I used to draw a lot when I was still in college and it felt really good to just sit down with a sketch pad and a graphite pencil, and just draw for the sake of drawing. The first few things I doodled were all rough sketches of mandalas and doilies, and there was one that I really liked and kept coming back to.
A very simple sketch but such an awesome shape. And then I started thinking; could I turn this into a doily of some kind?

Well, I tried. And even though I don’t think I succeeded admirably, it was still a fun process; I made this myself, from scratch!
I used a 2.5mm hook with some cheap crochet cotton I found in my stash. I tried blocking it after it was finished and although it definitely looks better than it did unblocked, it’s still a little wonky.

I know, a lot less colour than you are used to seeing from me! :) But I have to tell you; I’m starting to develop a new kind of respect for the old-style crochet; the thin threads, the creme colour, and the obvious hours that go into it…
I wasn’t going to blog about this ‘fail’, but when I saw it in the light of this morning I suddenly thought it was beautiful despite it’s flaws. And I really like the center with the six petals; I think that may become a nice motif for say, a shawl or a scarf, or a bolero… !

Do you ever doodle what you want to crochet?


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  1. I turn my doodles into graphs :) but I never thought of designing a doily.. You did a great job!

  2. Great work turning your sketch into a doily – it’s very pretty. I try to sketch some crochet ideas, but they never come out looking right – I’m not good at that at all. :)

  3. It’s beautiful!

  4. love it so creative!!!! I love to crochet with thread slow but rewarding. thanks for the post. I really love your mandalas. mary louise

  5. ik geloof dat ik een nieuwe 2,5 haaknaald moet bestellen :)
    Mooi gedaan! Als je naar al die kleedjes kijkt en aan het uitproberen gaat, worden de patronen steeds verfijnder, denk ik. deze is al mooi! ik zou het geen mislukking willen noemen ;)

  6. I think it is gorgeous, maybe you could starch it and hang it in the window. I think it would look amazing.

  7. Not a fail! I really like it. Great job.

  8. I also don’t think it’s a fail. It’s beautiful. It reminds me of my grandmother who taught me how to crochet, and who never crocheted but what she used crochet cotton and made amazing tablecloths and for a few even bedspreads.

  9. Thanks for sharing! You did a great job turning your doodle into crochet, very impressive! When I was drawing a lot of mandalas I thought of trying to turn them into crochet, but it always seemed a little daunting!
    Kate :}

  10. I think it’s pretty damned brilliant.

  11. Amazing! This inspires me to try new things, so much is gained from a craft “fail” I hope I have one too. Thank you Wink.

  12. I am new to crochet and I have been looking through some of your posts. What fun things you do. I just signed up to get your posts in my email. Can’t wait to see what you do next.