Manel Doily thread crochet pattern was designed sometime ago during the lockdown. I used to doodle back then and I was doodling a Mandala which gave me an idea to turn it to a crochet doily. ‘Easy Peasy!’ I thought!
It was far from being easy. I frogged it and frogged it so many many times to get it right.
Fun Fact: ‘Frogged/Frogging’ means ripping off/undoing the stitches. Why frog?you would ask. Well, ‘rip-it, rip-it’ = ‘Ribbit-Ribbit’. So, in the crochet world, when we have to rip it, we instead say frog it. Confusing? No?
How Did the Pattern Start?
I was drawing some Mandalas and I got stuck with this idea of combining Madala and crochet together. Then I created a sketch. Well, I drew a few! but I finally arrived to this outline.
Once I had the outline, the next challenge was figuring out what stitches would work for the ‘fill-in’ space. After quite a bit of frogging I managed to come to this point and I was finally happy with the outcome.
After I kept going following the outline till I thought I was done. It was time to complet the doily by sewing in the loose ends and everything. BUT! I wasn’t totally happy with the end results. It was pretty, but it was ‘Okay-ish’ looking. Wasn’t great, I thought.
You would think, I frogged it again. I did not.
I kept is and started a new one because I liked most of it. It just needed a better ending. So I started this doily again and this time I made a few changes to bring somewhat magnificent end!
I succeeded! I should say!
This looks much better isn’t it? And I love that it turned into a hexagon.
Now that it looks perfect. I got on to writing the pattern so someone like you can make it too.
What does the Manel Doily thread crochet pattern have?
Manel Doily thread crochet pattern is awesome, because I really took my time to perfect it.
The pattern includes written instructions and crochet charts. If you’re a visual person like me, I know how much you would appreciate crochet charts. I find it difficult to read instructions. Although I can, I prefer not to. I LOVE crochet charts.
So When I started to write patterns I knew I definitely will have crochet charts.
The pattern you buy has all the information you need. It is very easy to follow and colour coordinated. If you have tried any of my free patterns, you might already know how structured my patterns are.
Paid patterns are just as same.
About the Name
Manel is Water Lily in Sinhalese. When I saw the petal structure of this doily, It just reminded me of Water Lily. So to add some flavor to it from my Sri Lankan background, I chose the Sinhalese name for it. You will see a lot’s of Sinhalese names in my patterns. I am from Sri Lanka and I’ve spoken Sinhalese my whole life. I can’t help it or hold it. Also the words are unique and beautiful.
Fun Fact: Blue Water Lily – ‘Nil Manel’ is the national flower of Sri Lanka.
Do you see the resemblance with the petals?
I wish I had made this doily in a similar color but out of almost 50 or so colour thread I have, I couldn’t find anything closer to this.
One of my tester Gourangi, took this gorgeous pictures of what she made and I have to share it with you.
Today I am super excited that I am releasing my second big pattern. I really would love to see you make it. If you do, do not forget to share it with me.
Here is another place you can buy my pattern.
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