Mother Of Pearl Doily

(Mother’s Day Gift)

Crochet Pattern By: Amal Saleh

Aka: Purpleneedle

This pattern is worked in the round using G hook and Crochet Thread Size 3. Please do not let the stunning twirling shells intimidate you. It’s easier than what you expect. Photo tutorial included for beginners.

Measurements: The finished piece measures about 10 to 10 1/2 inches in diameter

Skill Level: Easy


Size G hook (4.00mm).

One ball of Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread

Or 125 yards of crochet thread.

Gauge (unwashed/unblocked): 2 Rounds = 1 Inch

(Stitch width changes from one round to another)

Stitches & Abbreviations:

Bpdc Back Post Double Crochet
Ch Chain
3-Ch 3 Chain Stitch
Dc Double Crochet
Dc in Sp Work Double Crochet in the space adjacent to the stitch you just finished
Fpdc Front Post Double Crochet
Join Slip Stitch Into V-Stitch between 3-Ch & next Stitch
Rep Repeat stitches between brackets [ ]
Rnd Round
Sc Single Crochet
Sk Skip
Sl St Slip Stitch
Sp(s) Space(s)
St(s) Stitch(s)


  • 3-Ch Stitch is not counted as a stitch in this pattern
  • All the original 20 Dc worked in first round become Fpdc
  • All Dc stitches worked in Space become the shells
  • Do not attach any stitches to Dc in Sp
  • After steaming the finished piece I was able to stretch it by hand to 10 1/2 inches in diameter.

 Instructions & Photo Tutorial:

Ch5, Join to form Ring


Rnd 1:

Ch3, 20Dc in Ring, Join (Total = 20 Dc)


Rnd 2:

Step 1 – Ch3, Fpdc in first Dc of previous Rnd


Step 2 – Dc in Sp


Step 3 – [Fpdc in next Dc of previous Rnd, Dc in Sp], Rep, Join (Total = 40 Dc)



Rnd 3 & 4:

Step 1 – Ch3, Fpdc in Fpdc of previous Rnd

Step 2 – 2Dc in Sp


Step 3 – [Fpdc in next Fpdc of previous Rnd, 2Dc in Sp], Rep, Join


Rnd 5, 6 & 7:

Step 1 – Ch3, Fpdc in Fpdc of previous Rnd

Step 2 – 3Dc in Sp

Step 3 – [Fpdc in next Fpdc of previous Rnd, 3Dc in Sp], Rep, Join

Rnd 8, 9 & 10:

Step 1 – Ch3, Fpdc in Fpdc of previous Rnd

Step 2 – 4Dc in Sp


Step 3 – [Fpdc in next Fpdc of previous Rnd, 4Dc in Sp], Rep, Join



Rnd 11:

Step 1 – Ch3, Fpdc in Fpdc of previous Rnd

Step 2 – 5Dc in Sp

Step 3 – [Fpdc in next Fpdc of previous Rnd, 5Dc in Sp], Rep, Join



Finish with Crab Stitch which is reverse (backwards) Sc in Sp

How To Avoid Mistakes:

  • Pay extra attention to first Fpdc. Make sure you work that stitch in the first Fpdc of the previous round. First Fpdc can be easily missed as it blends with the 3-ch stitch and the first shell stitch of the round below.
  • Around the middle of each round go back and check all the shell stitches and make sure they’re the correct number of Dc. Sometimes one could easily slip into pilot crochet and work for example 3Dc stitch where there should be 4Dc stitch.

How To Customize The Size Of Your Doily:

To decrease the circumference of your doily, do the following:

  • Omit one of the rounds. Each round in shells equals 1/2 inch in circumference.

To increase the circumference of your doily, do the following:

  • Increase the number of Dc in first round. Each added Dc stitch will change the circumference by one inch.

6 thoughts on “Mother Of Pearl Doily

  1. I am trying this pattern, it looks lovely, except when I do it 😕
    My rounds are exceptionally wavey. I am on round 3 and 4 currently. I have taken it apart once but am winding up with the same results. I have tried a second tome and am still getting the same result. Any suggestions?

  2. I have just tried this pattern but it is wavy not flat all, I have done it three time now and have gone over the pattern several times, such a shame as it looks beautiful

    1. Hi Mandy.
      Have you finished the whole doily and was still wavy or just at the first few rounds?

      Perhapse you crochet loosely. You can use a crochet one size smaller or you can finish the doily and there is a great chance it will straighten itself and if it was still wavy at the end, you can steam-block it or wash it and wet-block it.

      Please let me know if these tips worked. Thx

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