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July 6 2012
July 31 2012
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Filet Crochet ❖ Busy Bees
Busy Bees by Elizabeth Hiddleson
29" across widest part
Hooks & yarn
1.5 mm
DMC Cébélia 10
250 yards in stash
2.12 balls = 602.1 yards (550.5 meters), 106 grams
2 skeins #326898; 1 skein #49236
Knitty City in New York City, New York
September 2011

This is one of my favorite crochet projects ever. I loved working on it, I’m very happy with the finished piece, and I’m now totally comfortable with crochet charts.

Originally I worked with a 1.65mm hook but it looked sloppy so I frogged it – at round 28 of 31 - and began again with a 1.5mm hook. Much better and the reused Cebelia thread showed no wear at all. The doily took just under 2 full skeins and I started a third skein for the border.

Before beginning the border I put the doily in a mesh bag in the washing machine on warm/delicate for 10 minutes then spread it out on a blocking board with no pins. When it was dry I worked the border then put it back in the machine and this time pinned out the border shells.

The finished piece is 29”/75cm at the widest. I suppose it would be called a tabletopping doily.

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by DMC
Thread, size 10
100% Cotton
284 yards / 50 grams
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  • Project created: July 7, 2012
  • Finished: July 31, 2012
  • Updated: June 17, 2016
  • Progress updates: 6 updates