I originally started off with another pattern from the Coronet from Coat’s & Clark’s #197 (same book as my grey Brocade doily). I only got to row seven then was stuck. The row really didn’t look like the picture at all.
So abandoning the Coronet, I searched through the other crochet patterns I had and settled on the Spanish Fan (#S-897) from Coat’s & Clark’s #324 Priscilla Doilies to Crochet (circa 1956). The main deciding factor was that the caption above the picture stated “The elegance of simplicity… a charming design that is easy to crochet, even for beginners”. It didn’t hurt that there were also, 5 other doilies listed in Ravelry. At least I knew others had made it.
I used Aunt Lydia’s Classic crochet thread size 10 in coral instead of the size 30 thread requested in the pattern. I also used a B sized crochet hook (2.25mm). In the end, my doily was about 21 inches wide.
This is one time I may have to agree with the pattern book. This was a fairly easy doily to crochet. I had the first 5 rounds completed before Christmas. So when I recently re-picked up this project I did have a little trouble trying to figure out where I left off at. But after that was sorted out, I was able to follow the pattern very easy. I didn’t complete round 34. I did start the round which has picots in the chain between the double crochet stitches. My picots looked so messy that I decided it was best to finish it at round 33.
Upcoming crochet projects include a doily for my mother for Mother’s day and making Emma the bunny from “Edward’s Menagerie”.