Crochet Doily Pattern – Starflower Lace

Dress up your table for spring with the Starflower Lace crochet doily! Tiny, 3-dimensional flowers encircle classic pineapple lace, creating the perfect backdrop for your favorite bowl or vase. Or showcase this beauty all by itself!

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Handspun yarn

In a short-lived spate of spring cleaning, I decided to make something from some unidentified scraps of fiber. I had little bits of bright magenta and teal, and some natural off-white colored wool as well.

By blending them together, I spun them into something of a gradient. My yarn was somewhat uneven, and not soft enough to wear against skin, but perfect for something decorative for spring!

Spring Gradient yarn skein used for Starflower Lace Doily

Make it any size

This pattern will work with any size yarn, and a hook appropriate for the yarn you choose. Keep in mind though that the size and yardage will vary if you change the size of the yarn.

All the gauge and size measurements in the pattern are based on the tester’s project, using store bought, fingering weight yarn. Because my yarn was hand spun, it was not the most even in weight throughout. My doily ended up closer to 15 inches in diameter instead of 14.

3-D Flower Stitch

The tiny flowers circling the outside of the doily are made with the flower stitch. In this technique, the flower petals are worked around the posts of the stitches in the row below. Each flower starts and ends in almost the same position, so it’s possible to do the whole round without breaking the yarn. Check out this tutorial for a more in-depth look at this 3-dimensional stitch.

How to Crochet the Flower Stitch


Starflower Lace Doily

1 - Super fine (Fingering)
Project-Level-Complex

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Materials

Project Level

Complex: Lace pattern worked in the round with uneven stitch counts in some places. 3-dimensional flower stitch.

Size

About 14 inches in diameter after blocking.

Gauge

20 dc x 10 rows = 4 inches

Use pattern as gauge swatch – After rnd 6, work should measure about 4 inches in diameter. Exact gauge is not critical.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
flower = flower stitch (see Special Stitches)
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
shell = shell stitch (see Special Stitches)
sk = skip
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
tr = treble crochet

Special Stitches

Shell Stitch (shell): (2 dc, ch 1, 2dc) in indicated st or sp. When working into a shell, work into the ch-1 sp at the center.

3 shell stitches on top of each other

Flower Stitch (flower): Worked around the posts of 2 adjacent double crochets.

Rotate work sideways to work around post of 2nd dc. (Sl st, [ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st] 3 times) around post of 2nd dc.

First half of flower stitch

Rotate work the other way to work around post of 1st dc.

Working around dc

(Sl st, [ch 2, 2dc, ch 2, sl st] 3 times) around post of 1st dc.

Finished flower stitch

Sometimes it can be hard to see the dc immediately after the flower – turn and look from the back if needed to make sure you’re not accidentally missing that stitch. See this tutorial for a more detailed look.

How to Crochet the Flower Stitch

Instructions

Entire project is worked on the right side, in joined rounds. Do not turn your work. Join rounds where indicated with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. You may find it helpful to mark the first st of each round.

Center Flower

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Center flower chart
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Ch 2, or make a magic loop

Rnd 1 (RS): 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook or in magic loop, join. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in each st around, join. (6 sc, 6 ch-1 sps).

Rnd 3: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 6, sc) in same sp, ch 1, sk next st, [(sc, ch 6, sc) in next sp, ch 1, sk next st] 5 times, join. (12 sc, 6 ch-6 sps, 6 ch-1 sps)

Doily rnd 3

From this point forward, skip all stitches and work only into chain spaces unless otherwise specified. Ch 3 at the start of a rnd counts as a dc throughout.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, [(4 sc, ch 2, 4 sc) in next ch-6 sp, sl st in next ch-1 sp], do not join. (48 sc, 6 ch-2 sps)

Doily rnd 4

Rnd 5: Ch 9 (first 4 chs count as a tr, last 5 chs count as a ch-5 sp), sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 5, [tr in next ch-1 sp from rnd 3, ch 5, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 5] 5 times, join to 4th ch of starting ch 9 (top of 1st tr). (6 tr, 6 sc, 12 ch-5 sps)

Doily rnd 5

Rnd 6: Sl st in first ch-5 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp (counts as shell), [shell in next ch-5 sp] 11 times, join. (12 shells)

Work should now measure about 4 inches in diameter.

Pineapple Stitch Lace

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Pineapple section chart
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Rnd 7: Sl st in next dc of first shell, sl st in center of first shell, ch 3, 6 dc in same sp, ch 1, shell in next shell, ch 1, [7 dc in next shell, ch 1, shell in next shell, ch 1] 5 times, join. (42 dc, 6 shells, 12 ch-1 sps)

Doily rnd 7

Rnd 8: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), [dc in next dc, ch 1] 6 times, sk next ch-1 sp, shell in next shell, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, *[dc in next dc, ch 1] 7 times, sk next ch-1 sp, shell in next shell, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (42 dc, 6 shells, 48 ch-1 sps)

Doily rnd 8

Rnd 9: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp, shell in next shell, ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp, *sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp, shell in next shell, ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (36 sc, 6 shells, 30 ch-3 sps, 12 ch-2 sps)

Doily rnd 9

Rnd 10: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] 4 times, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next shell, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, *sc in next ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] 4 times, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next shell, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (30 sc, 36 dc, 24 ch-3 sps, 12 ch-2 sps, 12 ch-1 sps)

Doily rnd 10

Rnd 11: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, *sc in next ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (24 sc, 12 shells, 18 ch-3 sps, 12 ch-2 sps, 6 ch-1 sps)

Doily rnd 11

Rnd 12: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] twice, ch 3, sk next ch-2 sp, shell in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-2 sp, *sc in next ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] twice, ch 3, sk next ch-2 sp, shell in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-2 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (24 sc, 12 shells, 36 ch-3 sps)

Doily rnd 12

Rnd 13: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, shell in next shell, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] twice, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, *[sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3] twice, sk next ch-3 sp, shell in next shell, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] twice, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (24 sc, 12 shells, 36 ch-3 sps)

Doily rnd 13

Rnd 14: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, shell in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-3 sp, [ch 1, dc in same sp] 4 times, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, *sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, shell in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-3 sp, [ch 1, dc in same sp] 4 times, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (18 sc, 30 dc, 12 shells, 24 ch-3 sps, 36 ch-1 sps)

Doily rnd 14 section

Rnd 15: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3), sk next ch-3 sp, shell in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next ch-1 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, ch 3, sk next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, *dc in next sc, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, shell in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next ch-1 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, ch 3, sk next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell in next shell, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, repeat from * 4 more times, join. (12 sc, 30 dc, 12 shells, 36 ch-3 sps, 18 ch-1 sps)

Doily rnd 15

Rnd 16: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, [ch 3, sc] in each ch sp and in each shell around, ch 3, join. (66 sc, 66 ch-3 sps)

Doily rnd 16

Rnd 17: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 3 dc in each of next 9 ch-3 sps, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp, [3 dc in each of net 10 ch-3 sps, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp] 5 times, join.

Pineapple section detail

Flower Stitch Border

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flower border chart
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Rnd 18 has 6 repeats of 4 flowers each, for a total of 24 flowers. Between the flowers are chain spaces over skipped stitches. Pay special attention to how many stitches it says to skip – you will not always be skipping over the same number of stitches. Sometimes there are a total of 6 skipped dc between flowers, and sometimes 8.

When the instructions say to sl st between the next 2 dc, insert your hook between the posts of the indicated stitches and work a sl st. There is no ch-sp here to work into, it’s just between the stitches. Skip both the stiches that you just worked between.

Crochet between stitches

Rnd 18: Sl st in 2nd dc. Flower around 2nd and 3rd dcs, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sl st between next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, flower around next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 3 dc, sl st between next 2 dc, sk next 3 dc, [flower around next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sl st between next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 2dc] twice, *flower around next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sl st between next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 2dc, flower around next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 3 dc, sl st between next 2 dc, sk next 3 dc, [flower around next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sl st between next 2 dc, ch 3, sk next 2dc] twice, repeat from * 4 times more, sl st in 2nd dc of rnd 17. (24 flowers, 48 ch-3 sps)

Doily rnd 18

Rnd 19: Working behind the flowers, sl st in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 4 dc in each of next 6 ch-3 sps, dc in next sl st, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp, [4 dc in each of next 7 ch-3 sps, dc in next sl st, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp] 5 times, join. (198 dc)

Doily rnd 19

Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, sk next st, (sc in next st, ch 3, sk next st) around, join. (99 sc, 99 ch-3 sps)

Doily rnd 20

Rnd 21: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch-3) in same sp and in each ch-3 sp around, join. Fasten off. (99 sc, 99 ch-3 sps).

Border section detail

Finishing

Wash and Block – this is important to open up the lace, for best results, do not skip this step.

Weave in all ends.

Full Pattern Chart

Full doily chart
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