Crochet doilies are delicate and lovely additions to any decoration, aren’t they? And when they are handmade, they can become so much more special. With this tutorial on how to crochet a doily, you can make a beautiful crochet heart doily.
This would be a great decor ornament for many occasions, like Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, or simply as an elegant touch for your home decoration.
Before we dive into the tutorial on how to crochet a doily, here are a few topics that may answer your questions on how to crochet a doily. And I am also giving you all the details on yarn and supplies.
I hope you love making this doily as much as I loved designing it. Would you rather skip to the pattern? Use the table of contents below to skip to the information you want if that’s what you prefer.
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Table of Contents
What are crochet doilies?
Crochet doilies are ornamental decoration mats that are usually made of lacy to light weight yarns. Traditionally, doilies have an openwork characteristic, and are great for a minimalist decoration style for your home.
But the good thing about making them yourself is that you can pick a design and use any kind of material you want. Not to mention, with this tutorial on how to crochet a doily you can customize them with your favorite colors as well.
What are crochet doilies used for?
Here are some ideas on how you can use crochet doilies.
- Use them as coasters for table and dresser decoration.
- Another great use of doilies is to place them under your dinner dishes as placemats.
- Place them under plant pots and vases to prevent furniture scratches.
- Another idea is, you could make several and sew them together and use it as a table runner.
- Make them as mandalas.
- Frame them on a hoop or wall art framer for hanging on the wall.
- Make them for gifts. By the way, the one in this pattern would make a great Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift.
The best yarn for crochet doilies
The best yarns for crochet doilies are lacy, super fine, and fine weight threads. By the way, for the brown doily pictured in this pattern, I used Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3, which is a super fine (#1) crochet thread.
Here is what I recommend.
Crochet Cotton Thread Super Fine (# 1)
I used Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3, 100% mercerized cotton.
- Color 1: Copper Mist / Amount: 1.11 oz (32 g), 101 yards (92 m)
- Color 2: Coffee / Amount: 0.89 oz (25 g), 81 yards (74 m)
Crochet Cotton Thread Fine (# 2)
I used Cotton Fair by Premier Yarns, 52% cotton / 48% acrylic.
- Color 1: Baby Blue / Amount: 1.11 oz, 101 yards (92 m)
- Color 2: Coral / Amount: 1.06 oz (30 g), 96 yards (88 m)
Supplies you need to crochet a doily
Crochet doilies are such small projects that you don’t need a lot to make them. In fact, they will take a very small amount of yarn and only a few supplies. Here is what you need.
- 3.00 mm (US D) crochet hook
- A smaller tapestry needle to weave in the ends
How big should a crochet doily be?
The size of a crochet doily will vary, depending on what you will use it for. But the ideal size for a doily made for decoration purposes only should be between 8” (20 cm) to 15” (38 cm).
The doilies pictured in this pattern will be approximately 13” (33 cm) if you use the same yarn weight and hook size. And it’s important to mention that stitch tension will influence it too.
This is not mandatory, but please look at the gauge section if you would like it to be same the size as mine.
How to crochet a doily?
I created this “how to crochet a doily” tutorial to be easy to make. Yet I wanted it to feature those cute hearts to make it cute and unique at the same time.
So, the best way to do it was by working with a color-work and adding the treble shell stitches to make the top of the hearts.
Also, you will be using the sc2tog (single crochet two together) and sc3tog (single crochet three together) on round 16.
Here is what you need to know before you get started.
How to do the Treble Shell Stitch
- yo twice
- insert the hook in the designated st
- pull up a loop, now you have four loops on the hook
- (yo, pull through two) 3 times
- repeat the steps above 8 more times, you will have a shell with 9 tr sts.
How to single crochet 2 together (sc2tog)
Insert the hook in the designated st, yo, pull up a loop, insert the hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, now you have 3 loops on the hook, yo, pull through all 3 loops.
Single crochet 3 together (sc3tog) instructions
Insert the hook in the designated st, yo, pull up a loop, (insert the hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop) 2 times, now you have 4 loops on the hook, yo, pull through all 4 loops.
Switching yarn colors to make the hearts
When it’s time to crochet the hearts in this “how to crochet a doily” tutorial, it’s going to be so simple. Even if you have never done a color-work project before, you will get a hang of it very quickly.
- Crochet the last dc with the current color until you have the last two loops on the hook.
- Drop the current yarn.
- Yo, and pull up a loop with the new yarn to complete the dc.
- Crochet all the sts you need with the new yarn, per patten instructions.
- Repeat previous steps every time you need to switch yarns again.
- Every time you switch the yarn, you will carry the previous yarn strand within the sts until it’s time to switch back.
- Right after you drop the yarn and right before you pick it up again, give it a little tug to put it in place.
How to crochet a doily pattern notes
- This pattern is crocheted on the round, starting in the center, and going outwards. Chain 2 in the beginning of each round doesn’t count as a stitch.
- This tutorial on how to crochet a doily was created with color-work (aka tapestry crochet). Meaning that you will be carrying the yarn within the stitches when it’s time to create the hearts. As you start crocheting the doily, it’s normal that it looks slightly cupped.
- Use a hot steam iron to slightly press and shape the doily when you’re done.
I haven’t tried to crochet this doily with heavier weight yarns, so it may or may not work if you do.
- When you see “with C1” or “with C2”, starting in round 11, means you need to drop the current yarn and pick the new one (see instructions on how to switch the yarn above)
Termos and abbreviations
- blo: back loop only C1: Color 1
- C2: Color 2
- ch / chs: chain / chains
- dc: double crochet
- inc: increase (two dc sts in the same st)
- mc: magic circle
- rnd: round
- sc2tog: single crochet two together (a decrease over 2 sc stitches)
- sc3tog: single crochet three together (a decrease over 3 sc stitches)
- Shell st: shell stitch (see “special stitch instructions” for details)
- sk: skip
- st / sts: stitch / stitches
- sl st: slip stitch
- tr: treble
- yo: yarn over
- ( ): indicates how many times a group of stitches should be worked or what yarn color to use
- [ ]: stitch count in a round
- *: Repeat instructions after asterisks as directed
A note on gauge: The first 4 rounds will be 3 inches (7.6 cm) with both super fine crochet thread (# 1) and fine thread (# 2).
Size of the finished doily: Approximately 13” (33 cm) with super fine (# 1) and with fine (# 2) crochet thread.
How to crochet a doily step-by-step
Make adorable doilies with this easy tutorial on how to crochet a doily. By the way, this is a perfect first-time color-work project if you are a brave beginner. Now, gather your yarn and supplies and let’s get started.
Total Time: 2 hours
Start with a magic circle
Use C1 until you see instructions to switch.
Make a mc, ch 2
Rnd1: 12 dc in the mc, ch 2
Alternatively, you can chain 3 and dc 12 in third chain from hook. Join this and every remaining round with a sl st to the first dc, unless if/where instructed otherwise.
Crochet rounds 2 through 10
Rnd2: inc in first st and in every st around, ch 2 
Rnd3: (inc, dc in next st) 12 times, ch 2 
Rnd4: (inc, dc in next 2 sts) 12 times, ch 2 
Rnd5: (inc, dc in next 3 sts) 12 times, ch 2 
Rnd6: (inc, dc in next 4 sts) 12 times, ch 2 
Rnd7: (inc, dc in next 5 sts) 12 times, ch 2 
Rnd8: (inc, dc in next 6 sts) 12 times, ch 2 
Rnd9: (inc, dc in next 7 sts) 12 times, ch 2 
Rnd10: (inc, dc in next 8 sts) 12 times, ch 2 
Do not cut the yarn.
Crochet 1st round of the bottom of the hearts
We are going to start the hearts in this round. See section “how to switch colors” to learn more how to do it.
Important to note that in this round we are not starting with an increase.
Rnd11: (with C1 dc in next 9 sts, with C2 inc in next st) 12 times, ch 2 
Note for FYI only: in the next few rounds for this tutorial on how to crochet a doily, we are changing the math a little bit. By changing, I mean each round will have an extra 12 stitches. In case you wonder, we are doing this to shape those hearts well, or else they would look wonky.
However, I noticed that with the heavier weight yarn, it ruffled up a tiny bit, so the thiner the yarn, the better the result will be. But pressing it with a hot iron at the end, I noticed they looked much flatter.
Crochet round 12
Rnd12: with C2 inc in first st, with C1 dc in next 7 sts, *with C2 (inc, dc in next 2 sts, inc), with C1 dc in next 7 sts, repeat from the asterisk 10 more times, with C2 (inc, dc in next 2 sts, join, ch 2) 
Crochet round 13
Rnd13: with C2 (dc in next 2 sts, inc), with C1 dc in next 5 sts, *with C2 (inc, dc in next 6 sts, inc), with C1 dc in next 5 sts, repeat from the asterisk 10 more times, with C2 (inc, dc in next 4 sts, join, ch 2) 
Crochet round 14
Rnd14: with C2 (dc in next 4 sts, inc), with C1 dc in next 3 sts, *with C2 (inc, dc in next 10 sts, inc), with C1 dc in next 3 sts, repeat from the asterisk 10 more times, with C2 (inc, dc in next 6 sts, join, ch 2) 
Crochet round 15
Rnd15: with C2 (dc in next 6 sts, inc), with C1 dc in next st, *with C2 (inc, dc in next 14 sts, inc), with C1 dc in next st, repeat from the asterisk 10 more times. Drop C1 at the back of the work, you no longer need to carry it, but do not cut it yet, with C2 (inc, dc in next 8 sts, join) 
Crochet the top of the hearts with the shell st
See “special stitches instructions” section for written instructions on 9 tr shell (a shell with 9 tr sts), sc2tog and sc3tog for next round.
Rnd16: with C1, sl st one st back to be in the top center of the 1st heart, sk 3 sts, 9 tr shell st in next st, sk 3 sts, *sc3tog, sk 3 sts, 9 tr shell st in next st, sk 3 sts, sc2tog, sk 3 sts, 9 tr shell st in next st, sk 3 sts, repeat from the asterisk 10 more times, sc3tog, sk 3 sts, 9 tr shell st in next st, sk 3 sts, sc2tog, join to first tr with a sl st.
FO. Cut the yarn C2.
Crochet the edging with C1
Go back where you dropped C1, insert the hook in the center st between the last and first hearts in round 14, pull up a loop, sc.
Note: for round 17, in the sts on top of each heart (in the center) and between the hearts, instead of sc in blo, you will insert the hook in the st below, in round 14, and do a normal sc.
It will look like an extended sc. Let’s do round 17 now.
Rnd17: sc in blo around, sl st to join. FO. Cut the yarn, weave in the ends (see note above).
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- Crochet thread fine or super fine
- 3.00 mm (US D) crochet hook
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There you have the tutorial on how to crochet a doily. This was such a fun project to design and to crochet that I can’t wait to make any more. Next time, I will make them with lacy yarn, I bet they will look darling.
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