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I didn’t block Crochet Lace Doily, but you certainly could block yours. Below you will find some information on blocking as well as a helpful pdf blocking template.
To make this doily I used cotton thread size 10 and a 2 mm crochet hook. Its size (unblocked) is 18,5 cm (7,3 inches) in diameter.
Besides your chosen thread and crochet hook, you will also need a needle to weave in loose ends and a pair of scissors.
To stiffen the doily you will also need your favorite stiffener, stainless steel pins (or toothpicks), plastic wrap and some kind of foam/blocking board.

Instructions
Ch 8 and sl st in first ch to form a ring.

  • Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 23 dc in the ring, join with sl st in 3rd ch of first ch3.
  • Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, (ch 4, sc in next stitch) 23 times, ch 1 and dc in first sc to form last ch-4 sp of the round.
  • Round 3: Ch 6 (counts as tr and ch-2 sp), (in next ch-4 sp work 1 tr, ch 2) around, join with sl st in 4th ch of first ch6.
  • Round 4: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, (ch 5, sc in next ch-2 sp) around, ch 1 and tr in first sc to form last ch-5 sp of the round.
  • Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as tr), in same sp work 2 tr, (ch 2, in next ch-5 sp work 3 tr) around, ch 1 and sc in 4th ch of first ch4 to form last ch-2 sp.
  • Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 6, sc in next ch-2 sp) around, ch 2 and tr in first sc to form last ch-6 sp.
  • Round 7: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 6, sc in next ch-6 sp) around, ch 2 and tr in first sc to form last ch-6 sp.
  • Round 8: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 7, sc in next ch-6 sp) around, ch 3 and tr in first sc to form last ch-7 sp.
  • Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 7, sc in next ch-7 sp) around, ch 3 and tr in first sc to form last ch-7 sp.
  • Round 10: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 8, sc in next ch-7 sp) around, ch 4 and tr in first sc to form last ch-8 sp.
  • Round 11: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 8, sc in next ch-8 sp) around, ch 4 and tr in first sc to form last ch-8 sp.
  • Round 12: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same sp, in next ch-8 sp work (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc), * in next ch-8 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), in next ch-8 sp work (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc); repeat from * around, in next ch-8 sp work 3 dc, hdc in 3rd ch of first ch3 to form last ch-2 sp.
  • Round 13: Ch 1, * in ch-2 sp work (sc, ch 5, sc), ch 5, in ch-3 sp work (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 5, dc, ch 2, dc), ch 5; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

Blocking
Print out this blocking template. It will help you make your doily symmetrical. Tape it on your blocking board and then cover it with plastic wrap.
Prepare your preferred stiffening solution and soak the doily in it, squeeze out the excess and spread it out on the plastic wrap-covered board, having right side facing up. Use stainless steel pins and start by pinning the center. Work your way out pinning as you go until you reach the desired look. Let it dry completely. Remove from the board.

The stiffening solution will permanently damage your pins, so it’s best to set the used ones aside for use in future starching projects.

Abbreviations
ch chain
sc single crochet
hdc
half double crochet
dc double crochet
tr
treble crochet
sp space
sl st slip stitch
* work instructions following * as many times as indicated
( ) work instructions the number of times specified or work instructions in the stitch or space indicated or contains explanatory remarks
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