Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Mystery Doily - Epilogue

I was so excited to share my finished Mystery Doily in the earlier post that I forgot to add a few details about it.  Even if I did, I may lose you attention mid-way because it will be a lengthy one.  So, here it is  now.

The Mystery Doily pattern is from here for the full length instructions by Vickie Reynolds or here for the diagrammatic form prepared by PattyD.
The threads used are Lizbeth size 40 in two colours; 127 for the multicoloured and 615 for the solid.  All rings are tatted using the multicoloured thread and all chains are in yellow.
The amount of thread used; almost three-quarters of a new ball of thread for the multi-coloured and half a ball for the solid.
The finished size is 10.25 inches or 26cm in diameter.

Now for a little bit more detail, but before that -
I am not finding fault in any of the two instructions available to tat this doily.  I am just sharing my observations when I compared Vickie's and Patty's version, in order to get the version that I am happy with.  You may or may not agree with me on this.

If you compare Vickie's and Patty's version, you will notice a difference in the stitch count for the chains; 4-4-4+4-4 in Vickie's and 4-2-4+2-4 in Patty's.  You can use either for the doily, I don't think there is much difference in the end result.  But for my Mystery Doily, I used both stitch count for the different rounds; Patty's version in rounds 1, 3 and 5, and Vickie's version in rounds 2, 4 and 6.


I noticed that my chains are being pushed up if I use 4-4-4+4-4 (Vickie's) in rounds 1, 3 and 5.  And conversely, I have to really stretch the chains if I use 4-2-4+2-4 (Patty's) in rounds 2, 4,. and 6 to avoid the bowling or cupping effect.

I also noticed a difference in the number of rings in the inner cluster for Round 4 (that are joined to Round 3); a 5 5 6 5 5 6 sequence in Patty's while Vickie's are all 6-rings cluster.  I decided to use Vickie's version for round 4 because that it what I see when I studied the picture of the doily given by Georgia in her website.

Other than these two main points, the rest of the doily was tatted as the pattern.


  1. Very interesting... I never would have thought of combining two versions of the same pattern. No matter, the end result is stunning!

  2. I love the doily Jon. I thank you for doing the "heavy lifting" to sort out this pattern.
    I would love to tat this at some point.

  3. Fantastic, gorgeous job. I've been following the thread on InTatters and your posts here so I can take notes for my attempt at this piece. I(and others) truly appreciate your eye for detail and for sharing your observations with all of us. Thanks, Jon! :)

  4. Thank you for this very informative critique of the pattern - it's worth printing. And quite amazing that it took less than two balls of thread!

  5. Thanks for sharing these details, which will help the next person who wants to tat the doily.

  6. Your doily is amazing, using two lovely colours making a totally wow doily. There's so many hours of work that has gone into it and the finished result are stunning.

  7. Thank you, Jon, for sharing with us yoour newborn's statistics. I'll make that doily one day. I am still wondering what the original purpose of the original designer may have been. Why is this doily so dense? The density and size suggest an anti-makassar, maybe?


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