How do I Make Crochet Doilies & Table Runners?

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How do I Make Crochet Doilies & Table Runners?
Crochet doilies for your table (hand crocheted lace with green background image by AardLumens from

Crisp ruffled crocheted doilies and table runners make elegant accents for showing off candy dishes, flowered centrepieces and serving pieces. Even a beginner can crochet doilies to use as sachets for potpourri, or table runners for entertaining and special gifts. With the help of simple patterns and mercerised cotton crochet thread, the lacy doilies and table runners you crochet today, can become the cherished heirlooms of tomorrow.

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Things you need

  • Size 10 crochet cotton thread
  • Steel crochet hook in size needed for gauge
  • Liquid starch or stiffening solution
  • Large zipper-top plastic bag
  • Padded board
  • Cling Film
  • Rustproof T-Pins

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  1. 1

    Start with basic crochet doily and table runner patterns and get comfortable with the abbreviations and stitch techniques. These patterns usually come in one size; but can be enlarged by adding more rows. Adjust to fit your requirements.

  2. 2

    Match your gauge to that specified in the pattern. For even and smooth results, change the hook size to equal your stitching tension.

  3. 3

    Make chain stitches for the foundation row as stated in the pattern instructions. Insert the hook into the first chain and slip through to join. Work in the round, increasing stitches regularly to keep the doily and table runner flat. Crochet that is stitched in the round may be made into any shape depending on the number and position of the stitches.

  4. 4

    Add a crocheted ruffle to the doily and table runner by working multiple pattern stitches within each stitch, unless otherwise specified in the pattern. Work the ruffle for several inches until desired fullness is achieved.

  5. 5

    Wash the doilies and table runner in mild detergent and warm water. Squeeze out excess suds and rinse several times in cool, clear water, being careful not to wring or twist. Place crochet work and stiffener in a large zipper-top plastic bag. Massage and knead until thoroughly saturated. Add more stiffener if needed. Remove air by pressing the bag as flat as possible. Close the bag and let stand for 15 minutes.

  6. 6

    Remove crocheted pieces and lay on a padded board covered with cling film. Pin to shape using rustproof pins. To make crisp ruffles, stuff crumpled balls of cling film under each ruffle and pin on either side. Allow to dry completely.

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