I've been working on doilies lately. This blue one is about 2 foot across, and I used size 5 thread, 2.75mm hook. It's hard getting used to the small thread and smaller hooks coming from 12 years of yarn, lol. But this came out very nice!
Then I tried another pattern, used three colors, same thread and hook size. That pattern was ok, but the last 4 rows, which I didn't do were a pain in the butt! So it ended with the red you see below. That doily is about a foot around.
This last one is my own creation. Daring huh? LOL I used my own Japanese Flower Pattern, which is down the right side here on my blog if you'd like it. I also used size 10 thread for this doily, and a smaller hook, 1.65mm. Gosh was that frustrating! Too small, and it leaves the stitches too big because I'm not used to it. But this did come out ok. It's about 10 inches. I've started a few other doilies using the smaller hooks but it's just not working out well. I'm doing a turquoise one of the first blue one above now, using size 10 thread, and a 2.75mm hook. That is working out good for me, just leaves bigger spaces between stitches I guess. It's looking good thought! I will put more photos up once it's done. I'll also try to find where I got the pattern for it.