I will admit that making doily's takes a lot of patience and the ability to read a pattern correctly... which I am slowly learning :-)
One thing I learned about reading patterns is that it is a good idea to get the correct gauge before you start your project.
I usually skip the gauging part, but I learned the hard way last time I made a doily that it does help if your doily does turn out the size it is supposed too:-)
So this time I figured out my gauge and found that I needed a crochet hook 7 times bigger than the pattern called for! I have always had a problem with my projects coming out smaller than they were supposed to so I guess I now know why :-)