My desire to knit and crochet has been a continuing self-taught series of small projects over the past year or so. My first attempt at a doily began with this pattern (see reference below). I have found crocheting to be much easier to pick up than knitting! So, if knitting isn’t for you… don’t be discouraged! The two are similar in the results but much different in how the tools are worked. I found that teaching yourself the stitches can be pretty confusing from a book, so I recommend the following video tutorials instead:
One and Two
Ch 7. Join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as first treble), work 19 more tr in ring. Join to top of ch-4 with sl st.
Rnd 2: Ch 8 (counts as first double treble and ch 3), work dtr in next tr. Work Ch 3 and dtr in each tr around, ending ch 3. Join with sl st in fifth ch of ch-8.
Rnd 3: Ch 4, dtr in next dtr. *Ch 6, work another dtr in the same place as the last one, retaining the last two loops on hook; work another dtr in next dtr, retaining last loop (three loops on hook); yo and draw through all loops*. Repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 6. Join to top of ch-4.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, work 4 sc over first ch-6 arch. * Ch 5, sc in next ch-6 arch *. Repeat from * to * around, ending ch 5, tr in fourth ch of beginning arch, where 4 sc were worked.
Crocheting School: A Complete Course. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.: New York, 2001. Page 97.