After trying out my smallest aluminum hook, I ended up using the large size 0 steel crochet hook to make this. The pattern called for size 10 thread with a 2.5mm hook. I was able to follow the pattern without modifying it. However, I did end early (yea!) adding a single crochet border with picots: otherwise it would’ve been too big for a doily (maybe a placemat).
Works up quick!