I had a ball of sparkly purple yarn and decided to make s present for my sister. One of her rooms has a mauve and white theme and she likes to protect surfaces with cloths. I know because she sent me some to hem a few months ago. She doesn't have a sewing machine or the time to do it herself. I decided a doily would be perfect even though it would never be a delicate doily as the purple yarn is dk weight.
I made a couple of false starts. My first effort was a round coaster which turned out well but was, unsurprisingly, coaster sized. I tried a bigger pattern which gave me lots of practice but turned out very weird.
I then hit on the idea of sticking with what I know I can make i.e. a granny square made a bit more special by the addition of a frilly edge. The tutorial I used for the granny square is:
It is very detailed and perfect for beginners.
I also found an easy pattern for adding a frilly edge to a granny square on the Attic 24 blog here. There are so many clear photographs in the pattern that it is the next best thing to hand-holding. I followed the edging pattern but didn't go as far as adding the scallops. I tried them out and they looked great but I didn't have enough yarn left this time.
I'm quite pleased with the way this doily turned out for a first effort. I used all the purple yarn and some oddments of mauve and white yarn. It doesn't compare to some of the beautiful doilies I see in Blogland. But at 11" square it will come in useful for something. It would look even more sparkly with a table lamp sitting on it. I couldn't crochet until 2 years ago and it is still a complete mystery to my sister. So I think she will be suitably impressed.