Sometimes I feel like crochet is a lost art. I mean, people still crochet, but it has this unshakable association with Grandma's 70s color preferences, brightly colored sweaters that get stuck on the corners of desks, and flowery afghans you hide away in your closet. I mean, granny squares are called granny squares for a reason.

But I'm determined to not give up on crochet. There are some incredibly beautiful and wonderful patterns out there for crocheters, and not just amigurumi toys. (Of which I've made my fair share.) I've found that the most intuitive and aesthetically pleasing crochet patterns are Japanese, which may be off-putting to some crafters out there because Japanese patterns are always charted and never written out word-for-word. But charts aren't that bad! Really! I actually find they make a lot more sense than prose.

This doily is a pattern from the Pierrot yarn company in Japan. I found it randomly on Ravelry and decided to give it a whirl. I totally love it.

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I used Gedifra Korella, which is a 53% linen/47% acrylic blend in a light worsted weight, worked up with an E/3.5mm hook. The yarn was a bit splitty, but was the right choice for this doily. I wanted it to be sturdy but washable and pliable. After soaking in some Eucalan and pinning it out to dry it softened up quite a bit and now lays out nice and flat. My only modification was on the sc edging; I did the sc through the back loop instead of through both, which created a nice ridge around the edge. If I did this pattern again I would do the decreases of the petals in between the posts of the stitches rather than through the top like usual. It's probably not noticeable to anyone other than me, but the petals seem a bit lopsided as they decrease. I'm a bit OCD about symmetry in increases and decreases.

Score: A
Yarn: B+

I may make another one in a different color so that the intended receiver will have a pair that match. We'll see!

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