Free Doily Pattern

Mint Chocolate Chip Crochet Mandala Doily Pattern

Mint Chocolate Chip Mandala Doily

Pattern by Doily Designs, Cathleen Wake Gorbatenko ©2014

Free decorative doily pattern.
Printable pattern here on Google Docs.
PDF pattern download also available in Doily Designs Etsy shop.

Written in US terms
Skill: Easy, Beginner
Measures: approx 13 inches across
Yarn: small amount of ww/worsted weight yarn (note that yarn used in first 
          pictures is Hobby Lobby, "I Love This Yarn!", Lt Sage, Brown and Ivory)
Hook: size L (11 - 8 mm)
Gauge: 12 x 6 Dc = 4 inches, gauge not crucial

Stitch Key
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single crochet
Sl st: Slip stitch
Lp: Loop
Pic: Picot
Sp: Space
Beg: Begin/ning
Mr: Magic ring

Special stitches 
Vst/v stitch: groups of (Dc, Ch sp, Dc) in same space
Sh/Shell: groups of (2 Dc, Ch sp, 2 Dc) in same sp
Pic/Picot: Ch 2, sc in 2nd Ch from the hook, continue as instructed
mr/magic ring: ***please see notes at end of pattern***

You may choose different colors or make all one color. Color changes (as pictured below) are marked with (**)  through out pattern.

Begin with magic ring***

Rnd 1:  Ch 3 = Dc, 19 Dc in lp, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3 (20 Dc)
Rnd 2:  Ch 4 = Dc + Ch 1, (Dc, Ch 1) in each Dc around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 4
             (20 Dc, 20 Ch 1 sps)
Rnd 3:  Sl st into Ch 1 sp, Ch 4 = Dc + Ch 1, Dc in same sp, (Dc, Ch 1, Dc = Vst) 
              in each Ch 1 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 4, **change color here** 
             (20 Vsts)
Rnd 4:  (**new color**) join in Ch 1 sp of previous rnd, Ch 5 = Dc + Ch 2, Dc in 
             same sp, (Dc, Ch 2, Dc) in each Ch 1 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg 
             Ch 5 (20 Vsts)
Rnd 5:  Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, (Dc, Ch 1, 2 Dc) in same sp, (2 Dc, Ch 1, 
             2 Dc = Sh) in each Ch 2 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3 (20 Shs)
Rnd 6:  Sl st into next Dc, Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, (Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc) in same 
             sp, (2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc) in each Ch 1 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3,
             **change color** (20 Sh)
Rnd 7:  (**new color**) join in Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, (Dc, Ch 3, 2 Dc) in same sp, 
             (2 Dc, Ch 3, 2 Dc) in each Ch 2 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3 
             (20 Sh)
Rnd 8:  Sl st in Dc, Sl st in Ch 3 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, Dc 8 x's in same sp, *(2 Dc, Ch 2, 
             2 Dc) in next Ch 3 sp, 9 Dc in next Ch 3 sp*, repeat from * to * around,
             finishing with Sh, **change color** (10 Sh, 10 - 9dc clusters)
Rnd 9:  (**next color**) join in 1st Dc of 9 Dc, Ch 3 = Dc, Dc in each of next 8 Dc, 
             *(2 Dc, pic, 2 Dc) in next Ch 2 sp, Dc in each of next 9 Dc*, repeat * to * 
             around, ending with pic/Sh, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3, Fasten off, 
             Weave ends.

***Magic Ring***
Holding the yarn between your thumb and first 2 fingers on your left hand, wrap the yarn around first 2 fingers so that the yarn falls to the back and furthest away from you, insert the hook between these 2 fingers and under the top strand, grab the second hanging strand next to it with your hook and pull it through the loop, then make a chain with the loop on your hook and begin the pattern, working around the tail in the circle.  For closing; untwist the tail from the loop, pull the tail gently, join your circle before  closing tightly, pull gently but firmly closing the slack in the center of the circle. Be careful not to pull too tight, as this can break the yarn.

Try different yarns and hook sizes for different size and feel doilies. Original pattern uses size L hook, giving the finished project a softer feel with the loosely crocheted stitches. The smaller your hook, the stiffer and smaller your finished project will be.

Please email if you have questions, would like to share, or for any reason.

Printable pattern is available here on Google Docs as well as available for purchase in Doily Designs Etsy shop.

Below are some color ideas from doilies that I have made through the years. We would love to see your creations! If you are a member on Ravelry, please share at Mint Chocolate Chip Mandala Doily. If you are not already a member, it is easy to join and a wonderful resource for crochet and knitting.

Chocolate Chip Mandala Doily made with Red Heart 'Cafe Latte', Hobby Lobby, 'I love this yarn', Ivory, and Brown

Neapolitan Doily

Christmas Doilies

Autumn Doilies

Mardi Gras Doily

St Patrick's Day Doily

Valentine's Day Doily

My first Mandala Doily 2011

Thank you for stopping by.
May you find JOY and Inspiration!
Best wishes and happy crocheting!!

The story behind the Flavors
Cranberry Pineapple
White Chocolate
Crochet Christmas 
Tree Skirt

The tree skirt sold fine on Etsy through the years, with the occasional request for the pattern. In 2018, with a request from a special lady, I was inspired to share the pattern. 

All these years I had been using my notes and memory and had not taken time to formally write it down. So, I began, from the beginning, writing and testing. In the process, I made many tree skirts. As I made them, I start to get more ideas.
To clarify, I used the yarn that was on hand for test skirts, and usually I have a lot of brown yarn on hand. 

So, I had made all these brown tree skirts. You heard right, Brown Christmas tree skirts.

And here I am, so happy with them :) and as I make one after the other, my mind fills with possibilities of just this one pattern.  Getting very excited about publishing at this point, which meant more pictures, more skirts, etc. I would start a new color…still using the colors I had on hand, and I crocheted on.

Maybe it was Thanksgiving in the air, and that I had food on the brain, but I started associating the colors with names of food. And of course, White Chocolate, Chocolate, my daughter added Snickerdoodle….I think she was Snicker-doodling at me running around calling colors food.  I was nuts with the flavors. I would see yarn and try and figure out what Christmas food flavor it could be....Cranberry Pineapple was born, after all it was the most popular color and would go on the cover of the pattern.  Cranberry for the color and Pineapple for the traditional pineapple design. Now, Hmmm? What color was I going to make next? 

 Figgy Pudding! It had my favorite color, with contrasting white & that nice pop of color from the Holly.  I loved the idea and 5 days later, Figgy Pudding Pineapple Christmas Tree Skirt was born.  

I am hopeful the tree skirts and tree skirt patterns bring as much JOY to others as they have to me, on this wonderful adventure. 

Pictured below is the Peppermint Swizzle, a.k.a. Peppermint Twist Hot Chocolate.

The peppermint swizzle in itself has inspired the "Swizzle", (red and white pictured below).

The Peppermint is similar to the Gingerbread skirt.

There was an order on Etsy a few years back for a Grey Peppermint Swizzle tree skirt. The grey turned out rather pretty, I think. 

I ended up selling several of the brown tree skirts that year and the next, if you are curious.  Below, my test skirts with all my neutral colors :}

Sample of the browns :D

Top Flavors are: Cranberry, White Chocolate and Snow....
maybe I will rename Snow, Frosting. hmmm...
What do you think?

Check back to see my latest designs!

Pattern now available in Doily Designs Etsy shop,
Ravelry and Lovecrafts, as well as Amazon.

Thank you for stopping by!
🌡 Still Feeling Prickly🌡
🌡🌸🌼 🐝 

🐝🌼🌸 πŸŒ΅ 
 πŸŒ΅The beautiful blossoms and colors of the Texas cactus, continue to inspire me. πŸŒ΅

🌡 Prickly Pear Cactus Coasters  πŸŒ΅

🌡 These adorable coasters were created by Ashleigh Kiser of Sewrella. 
You can find her pattern on Ravelry. Or you can help support Sewrella's art by purchasing this well written pattern in Sewrella's  Etsy shop. πŸŒ΅ 

                          Sunset and prickly pear cactus, in Texas Hill Country.
Thanks for stopping by!

Crochet Owl Phone Case

Crochet Owl Phone Case

 Crochet owls are so cute. So, when i was in need of a phone case and a project to take my mind off of tree skirts, I decided that an owl would be my next project.  

Cute owl pal keeps your phone safe and your hands free!

If interested in one of these, custom orders are welcome in my Etsy shop.

Girl version pictured below.


For more crochet owls, check out my Pinterest board, cats & owls. Thank you for stopping by.


New Owl!

Patches the Patriotic Owl Pouch


Artifact? Or Just Another Pretty Rock?

Milky white, with orange hues, neatly and carefully napped edges?
Holding this rock, I feel a sense of connection to the past.
This could be just a chip or it could be an artifact, my experience says artifact. What do you think?

Scraper comes to mind first. Possibly an axe.  

This rock is just too cool to have not been napped by someone long ago.
But, I am not an archeologist, so all I have is my best guess. If someone has any ideas, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Below are other pieces I have found around Central Texas.

Above you can see several white flint and weathered flint.  This stone is a different type of stone. Please help identif if you have any ideas. (Top and center in picture above).

Beautiful orange hues running through the other wise milky white stone.

Edges weathered smooth.

It is too uniform to not have been intentionally chipped away. My bet is that it is some sort of scraper or axe. Which only leaves me with even more questions.

I found a small bird point around the same area and it too is made of an even shinier, smoother white stone, maybe white obsidian?

I would love to hear your ideas!

What is this stone? Who do you think might have made it? What was it used for?
(Found around the year 2000, in Central Texas.)

Very cool ROCK!

I πŸ’– Arrowheads!

Feeling Prickly Cactus Coasters

 Feeling Prickly  
🌡Cactus Coasters🌡

Living in Texas you see a lot of cactus and of course the theme is pretty popular. With the cactus in bloom it just felt right making these cute cactus coasters that keep catching my eye.
They make great gifts for the cactus lovers in your life.
I am making several now for teacher appreciation gifts and a house warming gift for a friend. 

🌡 Change up the colors of the flowers to suit your taste, and portray the many lovely colors of the Prickly pear.  πŸŒ΅

You can order the cactus coasters in Doily Designs Etsy shop, or if you crochet yourself, see the link below for this pattern. 

These adorable coasters were created by Ashleigh Kiser of Sewrella. 
You can find her pattern on Ravelry Or you can help support Sewrella's art by purchasing this well written pattern in  Sewrella's  Etsy shop.

Another version of the pattern is available through Leisure Arts.

...have fun with these cute coasters!

🌡    Thanks for stoppin’ by, y'all! 🌡 

Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

πŸ¦™πŸŒΊ❤️🌿Llommy 🌺❤️πŸŒΏπŸ¦™

Meet Llommy, sweet little llama mommy plushie 😍.

🌺❤️πŸŒΏπŸ¦™πŸ¦™πŸ¦™ πŸŒΊ❤️🌿

Llommy was inspired by these
 crochet Llama appliquΓ©s designed by Jen of Nella's Cottage. You can purchase the pattern here at Nellas Cottage on Etsy. They are so adorable!
(Nellas Cottage Boho Llama Pictured below.) 

To make the llama plushie, you will first need llama appliquΓ© pattern by
Nella's CottageI made two of the body and neck. Just a circle for the head without the shells. Then sewed them together on the row before the shells around the body first and filled with fiberfill as I went up the neck to the head and back down to the body. For the legs, my daughter and I decided the "floppy" legs were good. So they are one layer for the brown and 2 layers for the black. Two layers for the black for added weight and cuteness. For the blanket, I made an oval instead of a half circle, to drape over Llommy's back. The blanket is only tacked down because I want to be able to change colors with the mood.  Same with the bridle, which is tied in a bow in the back. A really fun project. More notes at the bottom....

🌺❤️🌿Llommy, with a new outfit, enjoying the day. πŸŒΊ❤️πŸŒΏπŸ¦™

When I finished my first one, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to put it on. A bag for my tablet, kept coming to mind, or perhaps a pillow. And though any of those would be great, the llama was so cute, I just could not bare to sew it to  anything, and so, it ended up a plushie.  

And Llommy was born.  

This little llama sure makes me smile! :)

Now back to making one for my tablet case. ;)
Happy crocheting!

🌺❤️🌿Thank you for stopping by! 🌺❤️πŸŒΏπŸ¦™

Notes on Llommy;
Llommy has a tail on mine, which you can kind of see in the first picture, but after adding it, I can see why Jen of Nella's Cottage did not add a tail to her pattern. The tail is not necessary, and it is adorable without it!

Thank you for stopping by.
Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

Cranberry Pineapple Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

⭐  Doily Designs Cranberry Pineapple  Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern One of a kind tree skirt  is an eye catching take on the classic ...