Sakura Cherry Blossom Doily – 桜ドイリー

Found this lovely free Cherry Blossom doily or coaster pattern through Crochet a Little‘s fb page, March 11, 2014 posting. Chi-sa-ko, is the original designer of this great little free charted crochet pattern.

IMG_0308Perfect timing for Ohanami, cherry blossom viewing season here in Japan and around the northern hemisphere. Chi-sa-ko states in the pattern she used approx 4g of Aprico thread in the Salmon Pink colorway. A Hamanaka crochet hook size 3 will provide a finished size of approx 11cm across.

Warning: As easy as it looks to crochet, there is one stitch (or stitch combination) that I have never seen before and my search throughout the internet did not bring anything to light. Nor did my Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler. A bit difficult to search when one doesn’t know the name of the stitch. It’s a Decrease3DoubleCrochets(dc3tog US) with a DoubleCrochet(dc US) on top so it looks like a vertical stitch combination. I’ve included a short instruction video for those who have not seen that stitch combination before either:

I grabbed the first Sakura appropriate lace thread in my stash which happened to be a Daruma brand #20 thread and a size 2 hook to make mine right away. Once I figured out how to do the unique stitch combination I finished 2 in super quick time and

IMG_0309attached one to a felt backing to create a coaster.  Now that I know I can complete it so easily, I’m curious to see how it will look in the recommended Aprico thread, which Chi-sa-ko states means “Sunny Day” in Italian. Off to my favorite yarn store to find it!

You can check out an entire year’s worth of floral-themed doilies that were designed by Chi-sa-ko. It looks like each month there will be a new one released.

Published by Studio Deanna Welcome! I’m Deanna, a metals & fiber artist creating sculptures and wall art installations. My work is very tactile, 2D & 3D textiles and often takes organic forms inspired by our natural planet. My international experiences have provided the opportunity to swim in the gorgeous tropical waters around Hawai’i, hiking in the rainforests of Far North Queensland, and the breathtaking beauty in Africa. Utilizing my custom-made steel tools, my favorite pieces to create are large-gauge wire crochet sculptures. My meticulously handcrafted designs will enrich your office, home, and outdoor living spaces. Currently I am dividing my time between the Tokyo Bay Area and Hawai’i and am open for commission art works.