My Ravelry friend Lara, has a beautiful shawl she made using a doily pattern with lace weight yarn and a larger hook. She was kind enough to share her adaptation with me and I, in turn, found myself doing a little adapting myself.
If you are on Ravelry you can view her project page untanglingmymind’s tulip fields.
Basically what you do is take a segment of a round doily pattern and instead of working the whole circle you turn the work when you reach the edges of the segment you have selected. It helps to have a pattern that includes a chart. Lara made a line in the pattern’s chart where she decided to alter the shape of the round doily. (Imagine cutting a slice out of a pie). This is easier than I expected, though it does require a little thought when you hit the “lines” at the edges. When I reached the edge I would finish with a double crochet, turn, then chain 3 and continue with the pattern.
Following the doily pattern as written gave me a shawl that is too short, so I ended up repeating 3 rows of the pattern.
When I reached the last row of the pattern the shawl had a “doily” look about it. I decided to add a more contemporary edging, adding some flowers as a fringe of sorts. This isn’t in keeping with the style of the original but it seems to work and gives the finished project a more contemporary look.
Overall this was a really fun project and I look forward to adapting more traditional crochet patterns to more contemporary projects.
Lara’s Tulip Fields shawl
© Kathy Kelly 2011