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click for larger sizeTambour Work Doily

Design by Maggie Petsch Chasalow

Skill Level
Intermediate

Size
13 1/2 inches in diameter

Materials

  • Crochet cotton size 10: 1 (225-yd) ball white (A), 1 (150-yd) ball green (B) and 1 (300-yd) ball each shaded yellows (C) and shaded purples (D)
  • 6-strand embroidery floss: 1 skein each purple, lilac, gold, aqua, and black
  • Size 7 steel crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size 10 steel crochet hook
  • 9 1/2 inch-diameter hem-stitched linen circle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron-on butterfly transfer
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Dressmaker's carbon and ballpoint pen or pencil (optional)

Gauge
Pansy = 2 inches from tip of first lower petal to tip of 3rd lower petal
Check gauge to save time.

Pattern Notes
Join rnds with a sl st unless otherwise stated.

Pattern Stitches
Surface ch: With crochet hook, make a sl knot at end of 2-strand length of embroidery floss. Remove sl knot from hook. Holding sl knot on WS of work, insert hook from RS to WS at point where embroidery will beg, pick up lp, draw through to RS of work. *Insert hook from RS to WS at next point on work, draw up a lp with embroi-dery floss from WS to RS of work and through lp on hook, rep from * as necessary along outline, ending with draw up entire length of floss to RS of work and through lp on hook; holding hook at WS of work, insert hook from WS of work to RS at end of last ch made, draw entire length of floss through to WS, tie securely.
Dropped lp join (dlj): Remove hook from lp, insert hook from RS to WS in indicated st or sp, pick up dropped lp, draw through st or sp to RS of work.
Cl: Holding back on hook last lp of each st, 3 tr in indicated st, yo, draw through all 4 lps on hook.

Doily Center
Following manufacturer's instructions, iron butterfly transfer pattern onto center of linen cloth or apply pattern to center of cloth using dressmaker's carbon and ballpoint pen or pencil.
Insert linen cloth into embroidery hoop. Using photo as a guide, outline pattern with surface chain using smaller crochet hook and 2 strands of embroidery floss.
With embroidery needle, embroider French knots on butterfly's wings.
Cut away excess linen to within 1/8 inch from edge of hemstitching.

Border
Rnd 1: With larger hook, attach A with a sl st in any hole around edge of doily center, ch 1, sc in same hole, [2 sc in next hole, sc in next hole] rep around, working 1 sc in hole in place of 2 sc 4 times evenly sp around, join in beg sc, fasten off. (320 sc)
Rnd 2: With RS facing, using larger hook, attach B with a sl st in any sc, ch 1, beg in same st, *sc in each of next 5 sc, ch 5, sk 5 sts, [cl, ch 4, cl] in next st, ch 5, sk 5 sts, rep from * around, join in beg sc, fasten off.

First Pansy
Rnd 1 (RS): With larger hook and C, ch 7, join to form a ring, ch 3 (counts as first dc), [2 dc, ch 7, {3 dc, ch 7} 4 times] in ring, join in beg sc. (5 ch-7 sps)
Rnd 2: Sc in next dc, [{6 dc, 2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr, 6 dc} in next sp, sc in center dc of next 3-dc group] 3 times (3 lower petals made), ch 4, [{dtr, ch 1} 11 times, dtr, {tr, ch 1} twice, dc, ch 1, dc] in next sp, sc in center dc of next 3-dc group, [{dc, ch 1} twice, {tr, ch 1} twice, {dtr, ch 1} 11 times, dtr] in next sp, ch 4 (2 upper petals made), join in beg sc, fasten off.

Second Pansy
Rnd 1 (RS): With larger hook and D, rep Rnd 1 of first pansy.
Rnd 2: Sc in next dc, [6 dc, 2 tr, ch 1] in next sp, dlj in ch-1 sp on 3rd lower petal of previous pansy, [2 tr, 6 dc] in same sp on working pansy as last 2 tr made, [6 dc, 2 tr, ch 1] in next sp, dlj to center sc of 5-sc group on Rnd 2 of border, [2 tr, 6 dc] in same sp on working pansy as last 2 tr made, continue around as for Rnd 2 of first pansy.

Rem 18 Pansies
Rnds 1 & 2: Alternating C and D for each pansy, rep Rnds 1 and 2 of second pansy, joining first lower petal of last pansy to third lower petal of previous pansy and third lower petal to first lower petal of first pansy.

Edging
With RS facing, using larger hook, attach A with a sl st in sc between 2 large petals at top of any pansy, ch 1, sc in same st, *[ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp] 15 times, ch 3, sc in next ch-4 sp on same pansy, ch 1, sc in first ch-4 sp on next pansy, [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp] 15 times, ch 3 **, sc in sc between same petal and next petal, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg sc, fasten off.

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